- Genesis 34. Two wrongs do not make a right. The rape of Dinah by Shechem was inexcusable. But the treachery of Jacob’s sons in insisting that the men of the town be circumcised – only to weaken them so that they could attack and kill them – was also wrong on so many levels. Fast forward into the future and you will see the consequences of this tragedy:
Simeon and Levi had taken it upon himself to avenge Dinah’s rape by murdering the inhabitants of Shechem. They would both lose the inheritance due to the oldest and it would go to Judah instead (Reuben would lose this privilege for another reason).
Jacob was right in assuming that this event would cause lasting enmity between his family and the Canaanites and Perrizites.
Some of the Israelites who would return to possess this land were actually descendants of the Shechemites (29).
LORD, help us to see that there can be lasting consequences when we insist on getting even with those who have wronged us.
- Rape of Dinah by Shechem