Genesis 34:25–29 (ESV)
The Defiling of Dinah
25 On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all the males. 26 They
killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house and went away. 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister.
28 They took their flocks and their herds, their donkeys, and whatever was in the city and in the field. 29 All their wealth, all their little ones and their
wives, all that was in the houses, they captured and plundered.
After reading this…
I didn’t want to dwell on the particular word “deceitfully” in verse in verse 13: 13 The sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully, because he had defiled their sister Dinah.”
Boy… were they deceitful! I guess you can say that retaliation was in their minds. Revenge is sweet, but Jesus message is different. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus states: 38 “You have heard
that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And
if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do
not refuse the one who would borrow from you.“
I pray: O Lord, when someone wrongs me…
the old Adam in me wants to get even! Help me to love and to pray for my enemy and trust the Lord who is the Judge! Amen.