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Rape, Revenge, and Repentance (Genesis 34)

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Rape, Revenge, and Repentance (Genesis 34)

Dinah was a free spirited, beautiful young woman. She was the only girl of ten brothers.  She ventured out alone with no permission, unattended out into the big city to visit with the daughters of the land. (v34:1). This was a new and exciting place for her, the land of Shechem, where her parents, Jacob and Leah, and the rest of the family bought land to live on (Gen. 33:19).  Perhaps being naive and innocent, she was unaware of what would await her in Shechem.  Rape, sexual defilement, embarrassment, and shame was thrust upon her, taking away all innocence of her being, as Shechem, the prince of the country intruded and invaded her soul. (v.2)

But this was more than just sex.  Continue reading

Who Are We To Judge? (Luke 7:36-50)

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Who is this woman appearing suddenly out of nowhere?  What gives her the right to barge in on us?  Doesn’t she know that we are in an important meeting with the Rabbi?  No wonder why they call her a ghastly sinful beast!  She should be a shame of herself, so undignified.  I’m nauseated.  If this Man were a prophet, He would surely know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him.  For she is a notorious sinner!  (Luke 7:39 paraphrase) Continue reading

"But you shall be called Hephzibah, My delight is in her." Isaiah 62:4