• Dinah’s Humiliation Devotional

    Genesis 34:1–4

    John Calvin writes in his commentary that Shechem, on the one hand, “loved her [Dinah] as a wife; and did not even object to be circumcised that he might have her.” Nevertheless, the “fervor of lust had so prevailed, that he first subjected her to disgrace.” Shechem submitted to his lust and in so doing brought harm to Dinah. We might not be guilty of rape, but if we dwell on the lusts of our heart we may also succumb and greatly injure ourselves and others. View Resource

  • Jacob’s Sin of Omission Devotional

    Genesis 34:5–7

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “When we sin against God, we do violence to his holiness. When we sin against our neighbor, we violate his or her humanity” (Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, p. 144). Transgression is not only a direct violation of God’s law. We also sin each time we fail to do what He says. It is wrong to neglect sharing the Gospel, ignore the plight of the oppressed, or disregard the well-being of our neighbors. Are you guilty of these sins of omission? View Resource

  • Hamor’s Dubious Offer Devotional

    Genesis 34:8–12

    There are all sorts of good things promised to us by the Lord, and there are just as many wrong ways to go about obtaining them. We must wait patiently for God to bring these good things to us. This does not mean we become indolent, it simply means we act righteously when seeking His good gifts. For example, we ought not lie to get ahead nor ought we step on others as we climb the corporate ladder. We are not to seek success at the expense of others (Prov. 3:1–4). View Resource

  • Profaning a Holy Sign Devotional

    Genesis 34:13–17

    The Lord does not take the misuse of His signs and seals lightly. In fact, Paul says those who misuse the sacraments, especially the Lord’s Supper, may end up dead (1 Cor. 11:29–30). Therefore, let us not profane God’s holy ordinances. Let us examine ourselves before they are celebrated and look to meet Christ in them. May we not treat them as automatic conduits of saving grace but realize that they benefit us only if we trust Jesus (1 John 4:21; 5:1). View Resource

  • A City Is Circumcised Devotional

    Genesis 34:18–24

    First John 2:15b warns us: “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Dinah’s friendliness with the ways of the Canaanite women and widespread intermarriage, had it happened, both warn us against making ourselves too much like the world. When the church fails to manifest a unique identity in the form of holiness and love, her witness is always compromised. How is your way of life different from those of the non-believers around you? View Resource

  • Simeon and Levi Attack Devotional

    Genesis 34:25–29

    The Lord’s use of Israel to pour out His wrath on the inhabitants of Canaan was a case unique to that particular time in the history of God’s people. As Paul tells us in Romans 12:19, God no longer uses His people (the church) for this task. Instead, we are to trust Him to take vengeance on His enemies. Consider those who have hurt you and those upon whom you have, either now or in the past, desired to take revenge. Pray for their well-being (Rom. 12:20–21). View Resource

  • Two Different Responses Devotional

    Genesis 34:30–31

    We are greatly encouraged that the Lord is true to His word even when His people sin. If His blessings were based ultimately on our faithfulness, we would be totally lost. Still, while God was faithful despite Jacob’s unfaithfulness, the patriarch and his family would have avoided a lot of trouble had Jacob been more concerned to be an effective spiritual leader. Can others look to you as an example of a leader in godliness? View Resource