Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Dear Colleagues,


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Jacob, Shechem and Dinah

Shechem, a Philistine, violated Jacob’s daughter Dinah and then demanded that his father, Hamor get her for his wife. Hamor sought reconciliation with Jacob, offering land, and trade agreements. Shechem offered a generous dowry. Two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, used religion, prostituting the sign of the covenant (circumcision) by their scheme of deceiving the father and son into circumcising all the males in their city. While in pain they were slaughtered, including Hamor and his son Shechem. Simeon, Levi and their brothers then proceeded to loot the dead bodies and the city, seizing all their assets, and carrying off their women and children.

Surely the sins of Jacob’s sons far exceeded the sin of Shechem. (See Gen. 34) Where did Simeon and Levi learn such evil? From dad, who deceived his brother Esau, stealing his birthright for a bowl of stew. And what was the birthright?

A double portion of the father’s inheritance. (Dt. 21:17)

The rule over the brethren and the entire family. (Gen. 27:29)

The title blessing to the promise which included the future possession of Canaan and of covenant fellowship with Jehovah. (Gen. 27:4, 27-29; 28:4)

David, Amnon, Tamar and Absalom

About three years after David committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah (2 Sam. 11), David’s son Amnon rapes his half sister Tamar. Amnon’s brother Absalom takes up the offense and murders Amnon. (2 Sam. 13:1-20) Clearly, David’s unbridled sins of lust and murder built the same values and patterns into his two sons, Amnon and Absalom, and set in motion the decline of David’s family and the nation of Israel.

This week, may you experience is grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

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