Worthy of Our Association

Genesis 34:1-2, 18-19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

1 Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. When Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he took her and lay with her and violated her.[1] 18 Now their words seemed good to Hamor and Shechem, Hamor’s son. 19 The young man did not delay to do the thing, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter. Now he was more respected than all the household of his father.

Whom is Dinah going to visit? The account says she is visiting “the daughters of the land.” What land? The land of Canaan, which as you may know was corrupt, immoral, depraved people (Many sacrificed their children to their false gods). We think back to Abraham and Isaac, and ask, did they want their offspring marrying people from the land of Canaan? No, because of their sinful nature and they worshiped false gods. They were wrong associations, let alone form some friendship with, or to take as one’s spouse. The above got started because a young girl thought she knew better, that she could befriend those who lived in opposition to God’s Word. Do we want to have intimate friends, who not only live in sin but look down on those who live by God’s Word, as being foolish?

[1] Lit and humbled her; LXX humiliated