June 10, 2018
June 10, 2018
Read Genesis 34
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Scripture- Genesis 34:13- But since Shechem had defiled their sister, Dinah, Jacob’s sons responded deceitfully to Shechem and his father, Hamor.
Observations- It's important to note from the outset that God is neither mentioned nor called upon for help and guidance in the horrible story told about Dinah's rape and the subsequent revenge by her brothers. What happened to Dinah was evil and the reaction of her brothers was evil, too.
Application- I wonder what their response to their sister's rape would have been had they spent time in prayer and worship seeking God. I wonder how Shechem would have been a different man had he loved and served a different God, the God who created us male and female in God's very own image. When we know every person we meet is created in the image of God, it must change how we see and treat them.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for the grace You have extended to me in my sin and shortcoming. Thank You for a high and holy calling to learn how to treat all of the people I come in contact with in ways that honor the fact that we are all created in Your image, even though we do so much to distort and mar that truth with our thoughts, words, and deeds. Help us in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.
"Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law." (Romans 13:8),
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