Warning: Today’s devotional is probably more graphic than most devotionals you’ll ever read.
5 When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.
6 Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. 7 Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious, because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.
8 But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. 9 Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves. 10 You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it.”
11 Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask. 12 Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I’ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the young woman as my wife.” Genesis 34:5-12
It takes an enormous amount of audacity to try to negotiate for a woman after you’ve raped her. Let’s call it what it was.
Both Shechem and his father lobbied Jacob’s family for Dinah!
Contrast to that, it took a lot of self-control on Jacob’s family not to deal harshly with them right away.
This is a classic case of good versus evil. Forget for a moment the boneheaded things Jacob and his family have ever done. They have evil staring them in the face right now. Shechem and his father were making a mockery out of what God called pure. What would they do with this encounter?
Tragically, thousands of women and girls are violently abused, raped, and defiled every day in the West. Every day.
Undoubtedly some reading this have been victims of these horrendous crimes. You know first hand the trauma and emotional chaos of sexual abuse. You also know about the never ending healing process. Obviously these verses are very real and raw for you.
There are women who read this and are probably weeping because they have been abused and raped. I wish it weren’t so, but evil people continue to commit these horrific acts on innocent women and girls.
I pray for their healing.
The process is long and rough. Impossible even.
The memories keep flooding back and haunting them. The doubts and despairs keep creeping into their thinking. Trust has been broken.
But we know that you are a powerful healer.
We know that you want these women to be healed 100%.
We recognize that these women have been falsely shamed but we know the power in the blood of Jesus to wash the memories, the pain, the emotional torment, and the stigma and shame away. Would you do this work right now in the lives of those reading this who have undergone this abuse?
Would you flood your Holy Spirit over their lives. Bring caring and gentle men into their lives to help with the restoration.
How long, O Lord, will you permit these acts of evil to continue? How long?
In Jesus’ Name