Weird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-Eight

Weird is the New Normal:  A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis
 
Weird – “of strange or extraordinary character.”
Normal – “conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern”
  • Merriam Webster
Day Twenty-Eight – “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?” (Gen. 34: 31)
We left off yesterday with Jacob wrestling with God, getting a new name (Israel), and then going off to face his brother.  That turns out better than Jacob had feared. Rather than meeting him with a sword, Esau met him with an embrace and a kiss and tears of joy. (Gen. 33: 4)  Wow! Seems that God is at work in ways that we cannot see!
As we move on to Genesis 34, it will be helpful to glance back at the “baby contest” between Rachel and Leah. Remember that?  Well, somewhere, almost lost in the jumble of sons, there is a baby daughter named Dinah. (Gen. 30: 21) Dinah heads out from home one day to hang out with some girlfriends, and this guy, Shechem, raped Dinah. Scripture tells us that Shechem’s “heart was drawn to Dinah….and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her…and Shechem said to his father Hamor (ruler of the land), ‘Get me this girl as my wife.’” (Gen. 34: 3) Let’s just pause here and be clear: Rape is still rape, even if the person who commits it is the king’s son. 
Hamor, Shechem’s dad, went to Jacob and said, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.” (Gen. 34: 8) He also makes the offer to have all their Hivite daughters marry his sons and acquire property and live among them. There are a couple of problems with that.  (1) God did not want the Israelites intermarrying with them and adopting their idolatrous ways. (2) Shechem raped Dinah.
Dinah’s brothers overheard the “proposal” that Hamor offered Jacob, and unbeknownst to Jacob, they went and spoke deceitfully to Shechem.  They said something like, “Hey, we would really like to intermarry with y’all, but we can’t do it because you men have not been circumcised.” (Gen. 34: 13-17). Shechem and all the men discussed it, and decided that circumcision was a small price to pay in order to have the Israelites settle among them.  So, every male in the city agreed to be circumcised.
While they were still in pain from the…uh…”procedure,” Dinah’s brothers attacked and killed all the men of the city. They not only took back their sister, Dinah, but they plundered all the houses and took all the women and children. When Jacob found out, he said, “What have you done? Now all the Canaanites will come against us!” And they said… “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”
Reflection:  Have you ever wanted to take revenge? How did that work out? In Exodus 21: 24, we read, “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth…” Can you see how that would have been preferable to Dinah’s brothers’ reaction?
Action: Read the following Scriptures:  Matt. 5: 38-39; Rom. 12: 17-21

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