Dinah and the Shechemites
The story of Dinah is an all too familiar story. We have all known a Dinah or have been Dinah ourselves some time in our lives. Before I dive into the story of Dinah,I would like to give some background on who she was and where she came from.Dinah was the only daughter of Jacob and Leah. Leah was the oldest daughter ofLaban who was the brother of Rebekah. Rebekah was the wife of Isaac and Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah. Isaac and Rebekah had twins named Jacob andEssau. Jacob wanted to marry Rachel, Leah’s sister but was deceived into marrying Leah instead, then later in ended up marrying Rachel (Genesis29:15-28).
I went through all of that because I think that it is very significant to know yourfamily lineage. Such as Jacob and Essau had issues with sibling rivalry whichis found in Genesis 25:21-26. Since this issue was never dealt with adequately,it was passed down in their generations. This issue of sibling rivalry is alsoseen with Rachel and Leah. Rachel was known for being beautiful while Leah wasdescribed as being weak or tender eyed (Genesis 29:17). I wonder how many of usin our families have felt as Leah may have, overlooked or undervalued? Or maybe we were like Rachel only known for our beauty and that is what defined us, gaveus a sense of worth. Nothing is said on the relationship that Rachel and Leahhad with their mother but I do wonder what it was like? How much involvementdid she have in her daughters’ lives especially in their development as youngwomen? Teaching them that beauty has no size, color, hair length, etc., because“we are fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous are your works” (Psalms139:14). It is very important to instill these values in children at a young ageso they will have a healthy sense of confidence, image, and worth.
In the story of Dinah which is found in Genesis 34 she was going out to meet the daughters/women of the land. Dinah was in search of some women on her life,someone who she could possibly relate or talk to; being that she was surroundedby her brothers. Her mother Leah at the moment was more fixated on seeking the love of her husband Jacob than focusing on what was happening with her children(Genesis 29:32-35). One thing as a young woman that you need to understand is to be aware of your surroundings. There is nothing wrong with being a strong,independent woman but you also should be wise and know the area in which youare going into. As a young child I remember my mom constantly teaching me to beaware of my surroundings, this is not just a rule found in Parenting 101 it isalso something that is taught in God’s Word, “Be self-controlled and alert.Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone todevour.” (I Peter 5:8) Dinah was taken and defiled/raped by Shechem. If youcontinue to read the story you end up seeing what happens to Shechem and hisfamily, you also see the reactions of Jacob, Dinah’s father and her brothers especially Levi and Simon, but what about her mother Leah? There is no mention of Leah’s knowledge or lack of knowledge in the situation involving herdaughter. It makes you wonder how Dinah felt. In verse 5 of chapter 34 it says that, “Jacob kept quiet until his sons came in from the field.” How painful itmust have been for Dinah to go through an ordeal of being violated and thenhave your father keep quiet.
Sometimes as parents you may not have all the answers to every problem that occurs inlife, this is when I think that it’s very pivotal to ask God for wisdom andunderstanding. Being quiet and doing nothing at all won’t solve the problem,neither will seeking vengeance. The best way to deal with things is taking itto God and asking Him for wisdom and understanding even in the toughest moments.In this story you see the importance of relationships between father andmother, father and daughter, mother and daughter, sister and brother, andsister and sister. We all need to form a sense of unity so that we can lessensituations like Dinah’s from happening by looking out for one another, but itstarts with us being taught in the home. In Titus 2:3-5 it describes how we canform this unity. It starts with the older, mature, spiritually sound womenteaching the younger women. If you do not have a mother that is physically oremotionally present in your life find one. Older women instead of talking abouthow much this generation is changing, why not help a younger sister who you seeis struggling. This is the mission my mom and myself our trying to start by forming The Titus 2 Project. We are tired of talking about what needs tochange. We are about allowing God to use us to make an avenue for change!Please join us in this journey! Thank you for reading and God Bless!