Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The First Book of Moses Called Genesis
Dinah Bible Study
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our Dinah Bible study on the very interesting Dinah story in the
Bible and how it affects your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.
Dinah Bible Study
It's good to have you back again. Let's dig into our slice of the
Bible with Daily Bread.
The last thing we learned, was that Jacob had returned to Canaan and
Esau welcomed him peacefully. Jacob built a house and shelters for
his cattle in a city called Succoth.
There was a city about 20 miles west of there called Shechem. It was
named after the son of Hamor who was the prince of that land. They
were descendants of Canaan. Jacob went to Shechem and bought a field
from Hamor's children and put up an altar there.
One day, Dinah, which is Jacob and Leah's daughter, went out to make
some friends in the city, and when Shechem saw her, he took advantage
of her and seduced her. He fell in love with her and asked Hamor to
get Dinah to be his wife.
Jacob heard what Shechem had done to his daughter. His sons were out
in the field with the cattle, and Jacob didn't say anything until
they came in. Hamor went to talk to Jacob when Jacob's sons heard
what happened. They were very upset and angry because Shechem not
only brought shame to Dinah, but to their whole family as well.
Hamor began, My son Shechem loves you daughter. I beg you, give her
to him to be his wife. Let your daughters marry our people and take
our daughters to marry your people and live and trade peacefully in
Dinah Bible Study Lesson
Dinah Story Explanation
Shechem continued, Let me find grace in your eyes and whatever you
ask, I will give you. Ask for as big of a dowry as you wish and I
will pay it, but give me your daughter to be my wife.
Well, Jacob's sons had no intention of giving their sister to
Shechem. In revenge they said, We can't give her to you unless all
the males of your people be circumcised as we are, then we'll give
our daughters to marry your people and take your daughters to marry
us and we'll become one people. But if you don't, we'll take Dinah
and be gone.
Hamor and Shechem accepted their offer because Shechem's soul longed
for Dinah so badly. And they didn't hesitate. All the men of the city
agreed to it because they figured that all of Jacob's cattle and
property would become part theirs too as part of the agreement.
On the third day, two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's
brothers each took a sword and killed every male in the city of
Shechem. They took all their livestock and valuables and they took
the women and children of the city captive. They took their sister
Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, You have caused me trouble, because
Jacob had made the deal, not knowing that Simeon and Levi were
deceiving Shechem. He said, Now I'll stink to the Canaanites and the
people of this land and because my family is small compared to all of
them, they'll gather together and kill me and I and my family will be
Dinah Bible Story Summary
Dinah Bible Story Conclusion
Simeon and Levi answered, Should Shechem be able to treat our sister
like a harlot? They didn't much care how much Shechem loved Dinah. An
injustice was done, and they felt like they had to defend their
sister and their family. It doesn't sound as if the people of the
land had Shechem's happiness in mind either. They agreed to the deal
as to profit for themselves dishonestly.
Wow ... What a mess. How are we to comprehend the moral of this
story. Many will think that since Shechem loved Dinah, what was
wrong. Others will believe that since a deal about circumcision had
been made, that it was all good. Still others, especially parents and
family members, will see it differently in that this man seduced
their young daughter or sister and defiled her.
The Truth will be revealed. What does God think about it all? If God
disagreed with their actions, you can bet that misfortune will be
ahead for Simeon and Levi. Come back and find out next time as we
find out the answer to that and about another baby son for Jacob on
New Testament Daily Bread
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare