1) Walk Thru The Word: Gen. 34: 1-4 (ESV)

(Hamor The Hivite’s Son, Shechem Defiles Dinah) 

1Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land. 2And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her. 3And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. 4So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, “Get me this girl for my wife.”

5Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah. But his sons were with his livestock in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came. 6And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him. 7The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of it, and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had done an outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter, for such a thing must not be done.

(2) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 23: 32–31

Gen. 34: 5-7 (ESV)

(Israelites Are Indignant Toward Hamor About Dinah) 

5Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah. But his sons were with his livestock in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came. 6And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him. 7The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of it, and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had done an outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter, for such a thing must not be done.

(3) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 23: 3943

Gen. 34: 8-12 (ESV)

(Hamor’s Plan To Infiltrate Israel) 

8But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife. 9Make marriages with us. Give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves. 10You shall dwell with us, and the land shall be open to you. Dwell and trade in it, and get property in it.” 11Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give. 12Ask me for as great a bride-price and gift as you will, and I will give whatever you say to me. Only give me the young woman to be my wife.”

43And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

(4) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 23: 4449

Gen. 34: 13-17 (ESV)

(Jacobs Sons Deceive Shechem for Defiling Dinah) 

13The sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully, because he had defiled their sister Dinah. 14They said to them, “We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us. 15Only on this condition will we agree with you—that you will become as we are by every male among you being circumcised. 16Then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to ourselves, and we will dwell with you and become one people. 17But if you will not listen to us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter, and we will be gone.”

(5) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 23: 50–56

Gen. 34: 18-24 (ESV)

(Hamor & Shechem Convince Their People To Get Circumcised)

18Their words pleased Hamor and Hamor’s son Shechem. 19And the young man did not delay to do the thing, because he delighted in Jacob’s daughter. Now he was the most honored of all his father’s house. 20So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying, 21“These men are at peace with us; let them dwell in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as wives, and let us give them our daughters. 22Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us to become one people—when every male among us is circumcised as they are circumcised. 23Will not their livestock, their property and all their beasts be ours? Only let us agree with them, and they will dwell with us.” 24And all who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.

(6) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 24: 1-9 (ESV)

Gen. 34: 25-29 (ESV)

(Simeon & Levi Destroy The City & Take Dinah from Schhem’s House) 

25On 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. 26They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house and went away. 27The sons of Jacob came upon the slain and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28They took their flocks and their herds, their donkeys, and whatever was in the city and in the field. 29All their wealth, all their little ones and their wives, all that was in the houses, they captured and plundered.

(7) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 24: 10-12 (ESV)

Gen. 34: 3031 (ESV)

(God Protects Israel Despite Jacob’s Concerns) 

30Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.” 31But they said, “Should he treat our sister like a prostitute?”

(8) Message map: “The Devil Defiles Dinah To Infiltrate & Derail Israel

Genesis 33: 120 Ruben & Simon Go Down Over Dinah!”

  • Shechem’s Self-Centered defilement of Dinah
  • Dinah’s Disposition
  • Israel Is Indignant: Simeon & Levi Conspire To Use The Covenant of Circumcision to Trick and Take Vengeance Upon Shechem and His City
  • Israel Escapes Retaliation But Simeon & Levi Will Reap What Theyve Sown (Gen 49)
  • This Story Communicates: Sin Is Triple-C Losing Proposition
  • Satan Was Using Shechem to Defile Dinah In an attempt to infiltrate Israel & interrupt God’s Plan?

(9) Gen 34: 1-10 — Shechems Self-Centered Domination & Defilement of Dinah

1Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, (was about age 15-17) went out to see the women of the land.

2And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized (captured to deprive of freedom, oppressed and offered violence to) her and lay with her and humiliated her (humbled her making her feel shameful, low and useless).

“3And his soul (desire, passion, appetite, emotion) was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her” — charmingly & softly, expressing his affection, and offering the reparation of making it up to her in marriage.

4So Shechem spoke (commanded) to his father Hamor, saying, “Get me this girl for my wife.”  Here Shechem speaks like a petulant, demanding, self-centered creep!

8But Hamor decides to present the request with a different tone, and “spoke with Jacob and his sons, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter (Dinah).   Please give her to him to be his wife.

(10) Shechem Wants Favor After the Fact

Gen. 34 11-12 11Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give. 12Ask me for as great a bride-price and gift as you will, and I will give whatever you say to me. Only give me the young woman to be my wife.

In Gen 34: 18-19, we see Shechem …

  • loves Dinah – according to his feelings and definition of love. All popular music defines love as whimsical feelings that come and go, and preaches our commitments should flimsily follow our feelings.
  • delights in Dinah – but not in a way that honors her by conducting himself according to God’s will for her.
  • convinces his people to participate without confessing what he’s done. He does not tell them the complete story!
  • Is an unrepentant self-centered, sinful manipulator. Who thinks he can buy whatever he wants?

(Will he or does he have other wives and concubines?)

(11) Dinah’s Disposition

In Gen 34:26  26They took Dinah out of Shechem’s  house — where she is being detained!

If we put ourselves in Dinah’s place, we may surmise she is feeling …

  • appreciated and well cared for.
  • awestruck or impressed that such an important BMOK (Bee-Mok) Big Man Of the Kingdom has taken an interest in her.
  • abused having been forced against her will
  • ashamed having been mistreated
  • ambushed ensnared and trapped by her abuser.

Why should Dinah be forced to marry her rapist and probably become one in a harem of many wives and concubines?

(12) Simeon & Levi Seek A Sinful Resolution & Make a Deceitful Deal & Trick Shechem with Circumcision

In Gen 34:7 7The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard Dinah had been man-handled and raped, they were indignant (grieved with heartfelt pain, trouble, annoyance and sorrow) and very angry (burned with distress and fury), because he had done an outrageous thing (disgraceful & inhospitable sin).

  • Ruben, Simeon, Levi and Judah and Dinah are Leah’s children. Simeon and Levi take the lead realizing they are in presence of a superior force, and need a strategy to even the playing field or odds. Perhaps they felt they were not going to be allowed to say “no” to the marriage.
  • spontaneously make a deceitful deal to trick Shechem with circumcision, and plan to kill all the men in the city to keep them from taking revenge over them disciplining their prince, Shechem!
  • truthfully say they cannot intermarry with the uncircumcised.

Israel’s problem here is that James 1:20 says “for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

Gen 34:27 All the sons of Jacob joined in the sacking of the city. They seized all their cattle and goods, and made captives of their wives and little ones.

(13) Shechem and Simeon & Levi all stink of sin

Gen 34:30 – 31 Jacob is greatly distressed by their incredible over reaction that kills the innocent along with the guilty.  But would the Hivites have allowed their prince to be disciplined?  If not, then Israel has no choice but to kill the men of the city.

30Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.”

31But they said, “Should he treat our sister like a prostitute?”

What this means is

  1. Shechem thought he could purchase his way through his sin, which is treating Dinah like a prostitute
  2. Simon and Levi slay innocent people along with the wicked, which is an inappropriate, over-reaching response of vengeance. This is the problem that occurs when leader’s sin.  Their subjects get dragged into the consequences.
  • There are 2 sides to Rom 13: 3 “For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but too Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,”
  • The other side of Rom 13:3 is if the ruler is bad and doing bad things, then everyone is going to get dragged into the consequences of it!
  • Referring to The PARE, Jesus says in Matt 15: 14Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
  1. Jacob fears the consequences of his son’s reaction, but God protects him, and they escape unscathed by those who might be their
  • But S&L are destined to reap the consequences of their responses.

(14) The Triple-C Lose, Lose, Lose of Sin

In Gen 49: 5-7, Simeon and Levi are cursed for their sin in Gen 34.   Gen 49: 5-7 says…

5“Simeon and Levi are brothers; weapons of violence are their swords. 6Let my soul come not into their council; O my glory, be not joined to their company. For in their anger they killed men, and in their willfulness they hamstrung oxen. 7Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce, and their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.

  • costs more than we expect to pay
  • continues longer than we’d expect to stay
  • consumes what are unaware of would waste away

We are to lay aside the sin that so easily besets us (Rom. 13:12, Eph. 4:22, 2 Cor. 5:4)

Romans 13:12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Ephesians 4:22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,

2 Cor. 5:4While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. (NLT)

Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

(15) Simeon & Levi & Each of Us Need A Circumcision of the Heart  Baptism is the New Testament way to demonstrate that Christ has circumcised our hearts. Deut. 30:6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your… Click To Tweet

Circumcision is a ritual that is supposed to demonstrate that a heart has been operated on, converted and changed by God.  (Deut. 30:6, Jeremiah 4:4, Romans 2:29)

Baptism is the New Testament way to demonstrate that Christ has circumcised our hearts.

Deut. 30:6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

Jeremiah 4:4 – Circumcise yourselves to the LORD; remove the foreskin of your hearts, O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn with none to quench it, because of the evil of your deeds.”

Romans 2:29 But a Jew (meaning, one who is a true child of God, of whom the Jews are first in line) is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.  (This does not mean the church has replaced the nation of Israel.  God’s church is a spiritual thing, transcending space and time.  We are in the church age, the age in which Christ is moving through His church.  Matt 6:18 “…on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  By contrast, Israel is a single national entity that continues to exist and is the special subject of prophecies which are yet to be fulfilled.

 (16) Satan Uses Dinah As A Catalyst To Derail Israel

Had Jacob/Israel dumped Dinah into A Hivite marriage…

  • Dinah would be compelled to marry her rapist, which would be a poor start to a life-long marriage. Just because Shechem says he loves her, does not mean that she loves him. Two wrongs don’t make a right! Nor does it mean Dinah can trust a man who has done what Shechem did.
  • Israel would be related to pagan Hivites who are not called to be the purveyors of God’s plan. Gen 34:9 9Make marriages with us. Give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves.
  • 10You shall dwell with us — not in the Promised Land of God’s intention—, and this land shall be open to you. Dwell and trade in it, and get property in it.”
  • Intermarriage would infiltrate and water down the family’s ability to stick to the one true religion. It would tempt Israel’s heart to be drawn away from God’s plan for them occupy their Promised
  • Nothing derails God’s plan for our lives like bad associations who Idol worship.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:33 “bad company corrupts good character / morals.”

(17) The Disaster Involving Dinah Does Not Derail Israel

To get perspective on the story of Dinah in Gen 34, we must keep in mind the overarching view of God’s plan which is to ….

  • establish the nation of Israel as the vehicle into which to deposit and safeguard His word.
  • The Word of the Old Testament/ Covenant is to fortell, foreshadow and prepare the world to recognize Christ.
  • Once Christ came we see how He fulfilled the ceremonial aspects of the Old Testament Covenant, and we appreciate the unity and holistic nature (how intimately interconnected are its parts which are explicable only by understanding the whole) of God’s Word.
  • Upon Christ’s atoning death, resurrection and ascension, God uses His apostles to write the New Testament that explains how we are to live, grow in Christ and evangelize under The New

In Genesis 34, I believe we see an attempt by Satan to disrupt/derail God’s plan by defiling Dinah to infiltrate His set apart people.  

(18) Let’s Pray that God Works In Us To Make Us More Dedicated Disciples Who Rest In Restoration!

Let’s Pray:

God, please work in us to make us the kind of people who will trust and obey and wait on You and respond with Your wisdom through every circumstance you bring and allow into our lives!  

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