Daily Bible Reading Day 33: Genesis 34/Mark 5
Dinah was Jacob’s daughter. She went to visit her friends. Shechem, the son of Hamor, saw her. He was captivated by lust with her. Unfortunately, his lust caused him rape her. Mistakenly, he felt he loved her.
Shechem told his father he wanted to marry Dinah. Shechem and Hamor, his father went to look for Jacob to ask for Dinah. Jacob found out what happened to Dinah. He waited for his sons to come home to tell them about this terrible event. They were all grief stricken and enrage.
The sons told Hamor and Shechem that they needed to be circumcised first before they could allow Dinah to be with him. Despite them saying that, Jacob sons knew they would not allow Dinah to be taken.
Hamor and his son, Shechem asked their follow townsmen for support to try and convince Jacob to allow Dinah to marry him.
Simeon and Levi, two of Jacob’s sons were so angry, they went and killed all the men in that town for what Shechem did to Dinah. Sexual sin has consequences over many, not just the parties involved. But vengeance should be left to God instead of taking it into our own hands. We end up creating more problems.
Jacob was not pleased with creating more enemies against him. But his sons felt justified in defending their sister.
Jesus arrived to a region by boat. When he left the boat, a man with an evil spirit came and met him. No one could ever contain him because the evil spirit was so strong. Except when he saw Jesus, he fell down and begged for mercy not to be punished.
Jesus told the spirit to come out of the man. Jesus asked what the name of the spirit was and it said, “Legion”. It continued to beg that they not be driven out of the area. A herd of pigs came around and the evil spirit asked to go into the pigs. Jesus commanded it and they ran off the cliff into the sea and drowned.
Some people in the town wanted Jesus to leave the region because they couldn’t handle the power of Jesus. Jesus instructed the man that was healed to go out and tell everyone what happened. Jesus usually didn’t want people to know if his healings, but this was something people needed to see. Let us proclaim the good works of Jesus!
Jesus crossed the water again and he entered another town. When he walked onto the land a man fell to the ground and begged for Jesus to come heal his daughter, who was dead.
While Jesus went to go see her a woman with a bleeding disorder touched Jesus’ clothing. Jesus could feel the healing power go out. He stopped and asked who touched Him. The woman was scared and said it was her and if she could touch just his clothes she knew she could be healed. Jesus marveled at her faith and told her she was healed.
Jesus arrived at the home of the child. He found people mourning of her death. Jesus said, she wasn’t dead but sleeping. He took her hand and told her to get up. She stood up and walked. Everyone at the home were amazed. But he told them not to say what happened. Many could or would not believe in Jesus because they were not ready. Let us still lovingly pursue those who are lost.