Friday, March 06, 2015

Homiletics Genesis 34-35

19 March 2013

Contents:  Where?  Shechem, Bethel     Who?  Dinah, Shechem, Hamor, Jacob, Simeon, Levi, et al

1
34:1-4
Dinah went to visit the daughters of the land and Shechem lay with her by force; he loved her and asked his father, Hamor, to get her for his wife.
2
34:5-7
Jacob knew about the defiling, and Hamor came to speak to him; when his sons heard, they were angry.
3
34:8-12
Hamor said, Shechem longs for her so intermarry with us and live here, and Shechem agreed to give any bridal payment they say.
4
34:13-17
Jacob’s sons answered deceitfully saying, every male of yours must be circumcised then we will be one people, if not, we will go.
5
34:18-24
Hamor and Shechem thought this reasonable and didn’t delay in getting the men to agree to circumcision.
6
34:25-29
On the 3rd day, while the men were in pain, Simeon and Levi killed every male, took Dinah from Shechem’s house and looted Shechem, taking flocks, wives and children.
7
34:30-31
Jacob scolded Simeon and Levi and they argue that Shechem treated Dinah as a harlot.
8
35:1-4
God told Jacob to go to Bethel so Jacob told the people to purify themselves and they buried their idols under an oak near Shechem.
9
35:5-7
No one pursued Jacob’s sons and Jacob came to Luz (Bethel) and built an altar.
10
35:8-12
Deborah died and was buried below Bethel, then God blessed Jacob, calling him Israel and reiterating His promises.
11
35:13-15
God went up and Jacob built a pillar and named the place Bethel.
12
35:16-20
On the way to Ephrath, Rachel gave birth, died and was buried; Jacob named Benjamin and set a pillar over Rachel’s grave.
13
35:21-22
While in Eder (?), Israel learned Reuben lay with Bilhah.
14
35:23-26
Jacob’s 12 sons were:  Leah’s – Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun;  Rachel’s – Joseph and Benjamin;  Bilhah’s – Dan and Naphtali;  Zilpah’s – Gad and Asher.
15
25:27-29
Jacob came to Isaac at Mamre and Isaac’s years were 180 and he died and Jacob and Esau buried him.


Divisions:

1
34:1-24
The death of Dinah’s virtue leads to the circumcision of Shechemites.
Principle:
There is a right way and a wrong way to deal with God’s people.
Getting your way isn’t worth paying any price.
2
34:25-31
Simeon and Levi kill every Shechemite male and loot the city, telling angry Jacob they shouldn’t’ve treated Dinah like a harlot.
Principle:
Multiple wrongs don’t make things right.
Murder is never a problem-solving reaction.
Anger over a tarnished reputation should be about God’s not our own.
3
35:1-15
At God’s instruction, Jacob went to Bethel and God blessed Israel, reiterating His promises and Israel built a pillar.
Principle:
Bury your idols and purify yourself to follow God.
Hanging onto idols and remaining impure get in the way of our relationship with God.
Complete obedience to God is a must!
We must remember Who God is and what He’s done.
4
35:16-29
Jacob buries Rachel on the road and buries Isaac with Esau.
Principle:
Don’t make your last breath a bitter one.
Our children are our legacy.

 

Subject Sentence:

Jacob and his family bury Shechemites, idols, Rachel and Isaac.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT see that we must bury the past to move on with God.

 

Application:

1
How do you treat God’s people differently from others?
How have you protected God’s people?
When have you experienced a righteous anger toward something done against God?
What regrettable compromises have you made to get what you wanted?
2
How can you avoid murdering others with your mouth?
What have you done to tarnish God’s reputation?  To restore it?
3
What are some things from your past that you’re hanging onto that get in the way of your relationship with God?
What do you need to bury to make a fresh start with God?
4
What remembrances do you want others to have of you when you have passed away?  What are you doing now to insure that you are leaving that legacy?

 

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