In The Beginning God Part 20

Kingwell By Kingwell, 13th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3r7iq0f3/
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Shechem, a prince of the city of Shalem sees Jacob's daughter Dinah and falls in love with her. He takes her to his house where they have sex but he also treats her kindly and wishes to marry her. When her brothers hear of this they become angry and vow revenge.

Forgiveness

As Jacob watches his bother Esau riding toward him with four hundred men he no doubt regrets the rashness of his youth. He is certain that Esau hasn’t forgotten and is about to settle the score of being tricked out of both his birthright and blessing by putting away forever any remembrance of the name of Jacob. His only hope now is to throw himself upon the mercy of his brother and issue an order to both his wives and children to follow his example and bow down to Esau addressing him as lord. Esau however, is far more compassionate and forgiving than Jacob could ever have dared to hope and his only desire is to see his brother alive and well! “And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him: and they wept”. Genesis 33:4. After the embrace, Esau asks Jacob about his family and is introduced to Leah and Rachel and his eleven boys and one girl. Esau clearly has no thought of revenge. He seems to be doing very well himself and is delighted that his brother too has prospered. With their relationship now on a firm and friendly basis Esau returns home and Jacob journeys to Succoth where he builds a house and barns for his cattle. Later he moves to Shalem, a city of Shechem where he purchases land from the inhabitants and there he spreads his tent and erects an altar unto his God.

Dinah is Defiled

Women were not considered important in Old Testament times indeed often their names weren’t even recorded. Jacob’s sons however proved to be very protective over their sister, so defensive in fact the story, told in Genesis 34 is not for the timid or fainthearted and would probably not be your first chose in recommended reading for your children. It shows nothing of the forgiveness, love and compassion that would be taught by the simple but astute Nazarene many centuries later as he nurtured the multitudes gathered on the Mount of Olives. Sad to say however, it does show human nature at its worse, a trait still found in much of humanity to this very day. Instead of forgiveness there is only thought of revenge, in the place of love, there stands only hate and compassion is pushed aside in favor of deceitfulness, murder, plunder and even enslavement. Did the people involved deserve to be treated this way? I will leave it for you the reader to decide.
“Dinah the daughter of Leah which she bare unto Jacob went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her and lay with her and defiled her. And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob and he loved the damsel and spake kindly unto the damsel. And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor saying get me this damsel to wife.” Genesis 34: 1-4. Shortly after this Hamor came to speak with Jacob but his sons were still out in the field with the cattle, and Jacob would say nothing until they had returned home. Upon learning of what had happened, the brothers were angry yet listened as Hamor tried to reason with them, all the while planning only trickery against the prince of the land and his people. Shechem and Hamor promised whatever dowry Jacob asked if he and his sons would agree to the marriage. Dinah’s brothers however were adamant - they could not give their sister to be the bride of one who was uncircumcised. “But in this we consent unto you: if ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised; then we will give our daughters unto you and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people” Genesis 34: 15-16. Hamor and Shechem were delighted with this turn of events and went at once to speak to the men of the city. “And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city” Genesis 34: 24.

Revenge!

It is now that we see just how hypocritical and two-faced, not to mention, murderous, bloodthirsty and unscrupulous Jacob’s sons could be. “And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man a sword, and came unto the city boldly, and slew all the males. And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went out. The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. They took their sheep, and their oxen, and asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field. And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house” Genesis 34: 25-29. Jacob however, was not pleased with his sons as he felt that other inhabitants would hear what had happened and would come after them and slay them. The brothers though, remained furious and refused to be silenced because of their sister.
TO BE CONTINUED - See Part 21
See Part 1

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Carol Roach
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Anita Diamant wrote the rent tent which is a novel about Dinah and the circumcision and disaster. It was one of the best novels I have ever read

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Jun 2015 (#)

That would be an interesting read! Thanks Carol.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jun 2015 (#)

I don't think we are different now at least in certain parts of the world. Maybe, the remnants of the genes we carry, with vengeance and violence inbuilt into our system.

Thank you Kingwell for not mincing words, let us ponder and retrospect for the good of our future - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva and I agree. Despite the great teachers we have had - we just refuse to see. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
15th Jun 2015 (#)

The so-called good side tricked the so-called bad side.

I am waiting for your next chapter, Kingwell, to see what God did about this act of brutal savagery.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Jun 2015 (#)

Have you noticed too that Esau has shown himself to be the best of the two brothers? Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
15th Jun 2015 (#)

Thought provoking post, Kingwell. Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Joyesh. Blessings.

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