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Gen. 34:18-24 The Folly of Shechem

18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father. 20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,  21 These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.  22 Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.  23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.  24 And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of…

Mark 8:1-2 The Lord Jesus and His Compassion

1 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,
2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
The Lord Jesus continues his ministry of healing, teaching and preaching in Galilee.  Evidently, he became quite popular.  But as popular as He was, He never lost sight of truly loving and serving people.  The Lord Jesus demonstrated another miracle (similar to what Mark had already recorded, yet distinct as to its event, and proportions) as a teaching tool for His followers, and as a way to show that He indeed was the very Son of God, because no man can perform miraculous works like He did that day.  What motivated Christ to provide for the people?  The answer: Compassion.  The Lord Jesus has the ability to suffer along-side people.  His love made a way to satisfy their hunger.  I am so thankful that God is not some impersonal force, or an unlovin…

Gen. 34:6-17 Folly in Israel and the folly of Jacob's sons

6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.
7 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.
8 And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.
9 And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.
10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.
11 And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give.
12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.
13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because h…

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