Key Verse: Verse 5- “And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.”
As you read the story of Dinah and how she was sexually molested by Shechem, it saddens one’s heart. Most scholars tell us Dinah would, in all likelihood, have been around the age of fifteen.
As a result of the action, Dinah’s brother slew Hamor and Shechem (verse 26). This is a story that could be told over and over again in today’s world.
But all of this could have been prevented if dad (Jacob) had stayed out of pagan country. Jacob had gone to the city of Shechem which is in Canaan (chapter 33, verse 18). This was land his grandfather, Abraham, had avoided because of their pagan beliefs. The principle here is clear. Dad, don’t take your children into Canaan (paganism), keep them from the vultures of the world. It’s your job as dad to protect your daughter physically, as well as spiritually.
A farmer went each week to the Farmers’ Market to sell, among other things, the cottage cheese and apple butter made on his farm. He carried these in two large tubs, from which he ladled the cottage cheese or apple butter into smaller containers the customers brought. One day he got to the market and discovered he’d forgotten one of his ladles. He had no choice but to use the one he did bring for both products. Before long, as the two products got mixed in with each other, he couldn’t tell which was which. That’s the way it is when the child of God loses his or her purity – he or she is no longer different, distinct, from the people of the world.
What to do:
✞ Young people, stay pure. Parents, protect your children from impure situations and environments.
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