PM Jan 14th Gen 34

January 14th

Genesis 34

Dinah is raped

1: And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. 2: And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, rince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. 3: And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel. 4: And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife. 5: And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come. 6: And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him. 7: And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done. 8: And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife. 9: And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you. 10: And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein. 11: And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give. 12: Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife. 13: And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister: 14: And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us: 15: But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised; 16: Then will we 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. 17: But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone. 18: And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son. 19: And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father. 20: And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying, 21: These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters. 22: Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised. 23: Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us. 24: 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. 25: 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 his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males. 26: 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. 27: The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28: They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field, 29: And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house. 30: And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house. 31: And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?

Genesis 35

Jacob returns to Bethel

1: And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. 2: Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: 3: And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. 4: And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. 5: And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob. 6: So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him. 7: And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother. 8: But Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth. 9: And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him. 10: And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. 11: And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12: And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. 13: And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him. 14: And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon. 15: And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

Benjamin is born as Rachel dies

16: And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. 17: And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. 18: And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Ben-oni: but his father called him Benjamin. 19: And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. 20: And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day. 21: And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.

Jacob’s children

22: And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: 23: The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun: 24: The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin: 25: And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali: 26: And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid; Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padan-aram.

Isaac dies and is buried

27: And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. 28: And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years. 29: And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

Today we have three major traumas. We have the rape of Dinah, the birth of Benjamin and the death of Isaac. But first the rape of Dinah. Leah had a daughter called Dinah all the children of Israel were her brothers. When Shechem saw her he took her and lay with her and defiled her. This word defiled is the same word used to describe the desecration of the temple. This was a very great sin. Her purity had been defiled. Shechem went to his father to ask for this woman in marriage and the brothers of Dinah went to meet Shechem. The brothers said well you cannot have her unless you are circumcised and they agreed to it. They were like lambs to the slaughter. The men submitted to this holy rite but on the third day while they lay up resting that Simeon and Levi went in and butchered them in their helplessness. They used this most sacred rite as an instrument of war. When Jacob found out what they had done he said you have made my name to stink in the land. He said you have dealt with your sister like a prostitute. Then the lord spoke to Jacob to get up and go back to Bethel and make an altar but Jacob had to say to his family put away the strange gods that are among you. What are these gods? These are the gods of Laban. Rachel had stolen the gods of Laban when she left home. Jacob said we are going to go to appear before the God who answered me in the day of my distress and was with me in the way l went. So they took the gods and earrings and buried them under the oak. This reminds us of cross of calvary. The nations round about were terrified of Jacob. When he came to bethel he renamed it El-bethel. This was not just the House of God that Jacob came to but he met the God of the house of God. there God appeared to him. it was here that Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died. This was a final close to the old influence. She was buried under the oak with the Laban’s gods and the earrings. This is the chapter of burials. As they journeyed they came to Ephrath (which would later be called Bethlehem) and there Rachel gave birth at the side of the road. Her labour was difficult. As she was dying in childbirth she called the baby boy Ben-oni (which means ‘Son of my sorrow’) however Jacob called him Benjamin (Son of my right hand) It was a day of tears, tears of joy and sorrow. Jacobs weeping for Rachel was inconsolable she was the only woman he loved. He raised up an altar on her grave and worshipped the LORD. (The writer says its still there today) No-one has ever had the courage to remove it, it is sacred site. The next disgrace is that Reuben took his fathers slave wife Bilhah and lay with her. Jacob – Israel heard of it. What a terrible thing. Moses next records the family of Israel.

The sons of Leah; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun:
The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin
The sons of Bilhah, Dan, Naphtali
The sons of Zilpah, Gad, Asher

If these events were not sad enough Jacob comes to his father Isaac at Hebron. Isaac was 180 and he died, he was very old and full of days. Esau and Jacob buried him.


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