Thursday, June 14, 2007

Taking Matters into Your Own Hands

Dinah and the Shechemites is an interesting and sordid story. It provides some insight on how we should, or shouldn't, respond to injustice. What Schechem did to Dinah was definitely a horrible act and deserving of justice. But, was the punishment over the top? Was the punishment designed by God? Did Jacob’s sons seek God for guidance and insight on how to deal with this matter? The answer appears to be an emphatic no. There is no mention in these passages of God at all. The two brothers appear to take justice into their own hands and respond to the situation out of anger and pride. Did Shechem deserve to be punished for his actions? Yes. Did the entire city deserve to be murdered, plundered, and enslaved? God did not command this response. In fact, it is interesting that Levi and Simeon used deceit to administer what they thought was justice. Like father – like son(s).

It is important that we go to God in all things. Even when we think we clearly see a need for justice, we must go to God for direction regarding our involvement in carrying out that justice. He may want us to respond with aggression. However, he may have a completely different plan of justice and we may need to control our emotions and anger and allow God to perform the justice in his time and in his manner. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” says the Lord.

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