Genesis 34:25-31

25 Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares, and killed every male. 26 They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah from Shechem’s house, and went forth.27 Jacob’s sons came upon the slain and looted the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28 They took their flocks and their herds and their donkeys, and that which was in the city and that which was in the field; 29 and they captured and looted all their wealth and all their little ones and their wives, even all that was in the houses.30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me odious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and my men being few in number, they will gather together against me and attack me and I will be destroyed, I and my household.” 31 But they said, “Should he treat our sister as a harlot?”

It is interesting to me that Jacob doesn’t actually condemn his sons for murdering all the men in an entire town. Instead, Jacob is more concerned about the reaction of the neighboring towns, which should be the least of his worries, since God would protect him, just like He had protected Abraham and Isaac. At any rate, the sin and amazingly selfish attitude of Shechem finally catches up to him when Jacob’s sons exact their revenge. The consequences of sin don’t always seem to be this severe, but the Bible says that “the wages of sin is death.” Even if our sin doesn’t catch up to us on earth, the eternal consequences far outweigh a physical death. So don’t let it fester in your heart. Come clean, and let God have control of your life.

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