Read Deuteronomy 21-22
“A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God” (22:5).
Surely at no other time in modern American history have the lines of gender been more confused than they are presently. Here, in the heart of God’s instructions, is a law against transvestitism. Earlier, Moses recorded these important words: “Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created” (Genesis 5:2) God made us male and female. It is important to note that God Himself called the order of His creation, good (Genesis 1:26-28). Further, men and women are made in God’s image, so we are both equally valuable to God. No gender is more valuable to God than the other.
The first mention of humans in the Bible mentions gender (Genesis 1:26). We are biologically male and female. From the nucleus of every cell of your body, your chromosomes are loudly proclaiming either “I am a girl” or “I am a boy.” Every cell of our body is stamped “XX” or “XY.” This means I cannot understand myself if I do not embrace the way God designed me. Today, empirical studies have shown that men and women think, feel, work, and behave differently.
Whether you are married or single, God calls you to honor Him by living according to your gender given to you at your birth. Men and women do not look the same and we are not to dress the same.
Our church family is reading through the first five books of the Bible together in ninety days. We invite you to join us as we believe this will be a time that will change our lives.
The Bible describes the brutality of Dinah’s rape (Genesis 34:2) by a man named Shechem with three words – “saw … lay … and humiliated.” After this horrific act, he has the gall to ask for her hand in marriage.
Dinah was the daughter of Jacob and Leah. Her father had always favored Rachel’s children over Leah’s, but Dinah was his only daughter. Jacob showed a callous indifference to his daughter’s rape. The fact that he has multiple wives only exacerbated the problems of his dysfunctional family. The father’s indifference stood in marked contrast to the brothers’ thirst for revenge.
Dinah’s two brothers, Simeon and Levi, developed a plan of their own to avenge their sister. They answered Shechem’s request deceitfully, granting Dinah’s hand in marriage (and allowing the Hivites to intermarry the other women of Jacob’s family) only if Shechem and the men of his tribe were circumcised.
It was normal for Hebrew men to be circumcised (Genesis 17:9-14). Consequently, the brothers’ request seemed plausible to Hamor and Shechem. Their cold plotting found its desired result. On the third day after the surgery, when the men of the city would be their most incapacitated, Dinah’s two brothers, Simeon and Levi, used their swords to kill every male of the city. Think of this atrocious scene for a moment. These two brothers killed not only the father and the son responsible for the rape, but every male of the city. They pushed aside children and women to kill every man in his own tent as the two blood-soaked men grabbed their sister on the way out of town. If this were a Hollywood movie, I would not let my kids see it.
This wasn’t justice, but rather cold-hearted revenge served up for all to see. This wasn’t “eye for an eye” nor could this masquerade as equitable justice. To make matters worse, the remainder of the brothers swooped in to steal all the wealth from the slain families for good measure. Wow! Double Wow!
Friday, January 22 – Catch Up Day
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