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DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult)

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult)

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult)

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult) || Dinah’s Defilement Avenged

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27

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LESSON 27
DINAH’S DEFILEMNT AVENGED

MEMORY VERSE: “Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall” (Genesis 49:5,6)

TEXT: Genesis 34:1-31

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult)

Sinful curiosity, careless wandering and quest to explore new grounds of friendship contrary to the Scripture have great and damnable consequences. Dinah’s quest to see and interact with the daughters of the land, in a heathen nation, led to the incidence of defilement and the accompanying punitive genocide of innocent people in the text.

The Scripture clearly states that evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33). It will be absurd for people who have covenant relationship with God and live by His laws to have interest in or seek to imbibe the lifestyles of sinful people around them (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

Wandering to and around people who have a low moral standard is deadly. Aside the exposure to defilement, wandering exposes the wanderer to the danger of kidnapping, ritual killing, armed banditry, cultism, harlotry and human trafficking. Wanderers are hardly innocent. “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not” (1 Timothy 5:13).

This study contains useful lessons on how to maintain moral chastity that will help prevent similar incident of defilement and gruesome murder (Titus 2:5).

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult)

DANGEROUS EXPLORATION OF UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY (Genesis 34:1-4; Proverbs 7:6-27; Job 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8; 2 Timothy 3:6; Titus 1:11; Luke 15:11-24; Psalm 140:5; 1:1-4; Proverbs 4:14, 15)

Dinah was oblivious of the evil tendency in unregenerate hearts. Her visit was on the pretence of going “to see the daughters of the land”. Recall that her father, Jacob who had just returned from Padanaram, was a wealthy and God-fearing man. Thus, it was not for want of food or any material need that she embarked on the strange adventure. In the process, Shechem, the son of Hamor and prince of the country of Canaan “saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her” (Genesis 34:2).

A similar account in Proverbs 7:6-27 reveals the deadly present and eternal condemnation of wanderers. Young people and strangers in a new environment are often prone to exploring new areas and interacting with people whose ways of life are different from theirs. It is curious that Dinah went on her exploration when her brothers were on the field shepherding their father”s flock. Perhaps, she felt nobody should limit her freedom of movement. Bitterly however, she learnt the benefit of parental tutelage/ control and the truth that freedom has limits.

Similarly, was for ungodly friendship that Samson lost his eyes and life prematurely. Careless visitation and unguided sightseeing are dangerous to believers in Christ (Proverbs 25:17). All members of the family should endeavour to make the home a haven for all. The Scripture reveals that Satan inspires aimless wandering because it serves his purpose to steal, kill and destroy. He is a wanderer himself. “And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered…

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult)

From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it …your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (Job I: 7; 1 Peter 5:8).

He influences children to abandon their families and run from pillar to post; inspires carnal believers to move from one fellowship to another without settling down in one; causes the married to change marriage partners with or without cause; urges ministers who are not watchful to rove around in different ministries and churches just to waste their lives and talents and empowers false teachers and prophets to roam from house to house with damnable falsehood (Proverbs 21:16). Like the prodigal son, God expects every wanderer to return home.

A songwriter aptly captures it thus: Have you wandered away from your Father’s care, Heavy-hearted and sad do you roam? There’s a sweet gentle voice calling now to you Wand’ring child, wand’Hng child, O, come home.

Observe that Shechem was not rebuked by his father for his evil deed probably because it was an acceptable practice for the prince to act with impunity. He even went further to ask his father to arrange for marriage with Dinah. Shechem and his people however learnt that sin will not go unpunished whether they are committed by the high or the low. It is detestable to sin against people who have come under our roof or land on the basis of our pledged hospitality as friends, acquaintances, visitors or house helps (Genesis 19:1-8).

Christians must avoid careless visitation as it can lead to numerous other evils. It is ungodly to defile or be defiled before marriage.

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult)

MARRIAGE PROPOSAL AND DECEITFUL OFFER (Genesis 34:5-24; Deuteronomy 22:27-29; 7:1-4; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; 1 Peter 2:9)

Jacob heard about what happened, held his peace and waited for his sons (Proverbs 18:13). Before the family of Jacob could come up with the next line of action, Hamor brought marriage proposal, not only between Dinah and Shechem but also for the people of Hamor and the children of Jacob. This meant intermarriage between heathens and the people of God.

Hamor highlighted the benefits that would accrue to his kinsmen by intermarrying with Jacob’s family. Even promised to give whatever would be demanded to marry Dinah. Here is a grand absorption scheme being orchestrated by Satan to terminate the covenant of God with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Whereas the patriarchs have been careful with the marriages of their sons because of their covenant with God, here comes a scheme to absorb or corrupt Israel.

Some believers who are being tempted often fail to see the grand design of the enemy to frustrate the divine plan not only for them but also for their future generation. we need to watch and pray to see the larger picture of God’s plan for our present and future life in order to escape the snare of the fowler.

Marriage proposals from unconverted persons should not be accommodated by godly parents. Their father, the devil, is the adversary of God, His cause and people. However promising the union might be in terms of religious, economic and social benefits, we must not consider their proposal or propose to them.

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult)

The answer of the sons of Jacob in verse 14 should be the response of godly parents: “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”. Parents who give their children to the unconverted, and godly children who go for the ungodly in marriage bring reproach to themselves and the household of faith (Deuteronomy 7:1-4; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; 1 Peter 2:9).

Many Christian families and congregations are suffering from the plagues of mixed multitude occasioned by unequal yoke in marriage. The sons of Jacob hatched a plan and offered the suitors a deceitful proposal. “But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised; 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” (Genesis 34: 15, 16).

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob knew the Impropriety of their children marrying the uncircumcised and idolatrous inhabitants of the land. The family of Hamor agreed to the terms of marriage given by the sons of Jacob. Since the proposal was for all the inhabitants of Canaan and not just for Shechem, the king used his position to influence his people to key into the scheme. It is obvious the ungodly would be willing to submit to any Christian rites to achieve their purpose.

They can change church, dress and act like Christians, though without conversion, just to get what they want. Though the rite of circumcision was required to benefit from the Abrahamic covenant, that would not have made the Canaanites forsake their idols. So, those who promise to marry the ungodly on the condition that they join their congregation delude themselves by thinking they can profit from a relationship that God forbids (Galatians 6:7).

Believers should examine all things in the light of the Bible and with the help of the Holy Spirit before doing them. Hamor’s influence on his people brought them destruction. Hamor and Shechem did not escape the sword; so shall the sensual, deceivers and the deceived be judged.

The wages of sin for all, both the high and the low, is death. Shechem did not know that his youthful exuberance, power to rape and enjoy sinful pleasure would lead to death and destruction of the entire city where he would have reigned later as the heir apparent. Sin terminates destiny.

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult)

BARBAROUS AND BLOODY ACTS UNDER THE SANCTION OF RELIGION (Genesis 34:25-31; 49:5-7; Psalm 1:1-4; Proverbs 4: 14, 15)

Shechem was wrong for their dealing with the daughter of a stranger who had dwelt with them for over seven years, thereby violating the rules of hospitality in the then world. Unknown to them however, the terms of intermarriage was designed to render them easy prey for massacre. “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. 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” (Genesis 34:25,26).

This genocide was barbaric and cruel. When Jacob confronted Simeon and Levi, they justified their murderous and bloody act with the cloak of religion (Genesis 34:30,31). The dastardly act brought great distress to Jacob. “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” (Genesis 34:30).

It is callous to commit genocide for the sin of one person. God is righteous and just. He did not spare Simeon and Levi for killing innocent people (Genesis 49:5-7). When Haman wanted to wipe out all Jews in Shushan because Mordecai who offended him was a Jew, God intervened because the punishment was not proportionate to the offence committed. Human life is sacred. Those who hide under religion or use it as cloak to perpetrate all kinds of evil, including murder, shall not escape the wrath of God except they repent.

Children of God should not tread the ensnaring path of the ungodly (Psalm 1:1-4; Proverbs 4:14, 15). The events in this passage underscore how people lose precious blessings and virtue. Dinah lost her chastity while Simeon and Levi forfeited the covenant blessings Jacob would have pronounced on them on his dying bed.

We must abide in holiness till the end lest we forfeit the promise of entering heaven. Sinners should repent and be saved to avoid perishing like Shechem and the inhabitants of the land who lost their lives.

DCLM Search The Scripture 10 July 2022 || Lesson 27 (Adult)

Questions for Review:
1. What can believers learn from Dinah’s wandering?
2. Describe the guidelines for godly marriage.
3. How should believers treat marriage proposals of unbelievers?
4. What is the danger of unequal yoke in marriage?
5. Why was the act of the sons of Jacob condemned?
6. Give examples of useless visitations.
7. Why should Christian ladies be wise in the presence of unbelieving young men?

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