Genesis 34 vs. 1 – 3
“Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.
When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her. His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her. ”
Dinah, the first daughter of Jacob, born unto him by Leah (his first wife) was the first victim of rape in the Bible. It is recorded in Genesis 34 vs. 1 – 3, that a Hivite Prince named Shechem raped her.
The lessons we can learn from this short passage are in four folds:
Firstly, it is good in our own interest to fully obey the word of God. Disobedience leads to destruction. What makes Dinah’s experience unfortunate is that, it was avoidable.
If we carefully study this passage, we see that an unbeliever raped Dinah.
God had previously warned the Israelites not to closely relate to their heathen neighbors but Dinah disregarded this simple instruction to her peril.
Hivites were one of the heathen nations that were the neighbors of the Israelites.
“So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him and commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman.
Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to PaddanAramto take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,” -Genesis 28 vs. 1, 6
“I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living” -Genesis 24 vs. 3
The big question therefore is that what was Dinah doing in the midst of the Hivites?
Why was she in the company of the daughters of the land who by all reckoning were unbelievers and idolaters? In a way therefore, Dinah was the architect of her own misfortune.
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?
Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belia? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
What agreement is there between thetempleofGodand idols? For we are the temple of the living God.
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