So glad you decided to join me again — which more importantly means that you’re still reading your Bible. Yea!! Even if the main narrative is pretty murderous, causing Jacob and company to get out of Dodge — again.
Jacob has developed a pattern here of having to run from trouble. It’s not directly his fault this time, however. Indirectly. What kids see patterned for them by parents and other adults, children will follow. Jacob has a little con-man in him that he quite likely demonstrated in the details of his life that we don’t find recorded in Scripture. Laban, clearly, was a man who didn’t mind a little sharp-dealing, trying to gain an advantage on others. And when Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, is violated by the prince of Shechem, named Shechem; Levi and Simeon took an interestingly devious path to justice.
Shechem, after raping Dinah, decided that he wanted to marry her. On the surface of it, it would appear that he only wanted to make things right, but Levi and Simeon took the rape and probably the offer of marriage as an insult to the whole family and probably a really bad idea for their sister. So, they plotted to exact their revenge on not only Shechem the prince, but Shechem the town. They ostensibly accepted Shechem’s proposal of marriage for their sister on the condition that Shechem the man and the town would all circumcise themselves. Shechem the prince talked the entire town into submitting to this procedure on the premise that it would be a economicly advantageous move for them all. Three days after their circumcision, however, Levi and Simeon attacked and killed all the men of the town, while they were in pain and unable to defend themselves.
Although they had been able to avenge themselves of the violation of their sister and the insult to their family, they had made themselves odious to the area towns and villages — it was time to get out of Dodge again. The lying and scheming that seems to have dogged the family from Abraham’s time had reared it’s ugly head again and gone one step farther to viciousness and made it impossible for Jacob and the family to stay in the region.
Be careful what vices you allow yourself, parents and grandparents. Little eyes and ears are taking it all in and you have no idea how your little vice might reappear in their lives — maybe in not so little ways. Everyone, of course, is responsible for their own behavior in the end, but we all know how much our parents and significant family members mean to us and our behavior, attitudes, and general directions.
Have a great day. And see you again tomorrow, Lord willing.