Jacob’s daughter Dinah, attracted to the women of the Canaanites, is defiled by one of their princes and Jacob doesn’t know how to respond. Ultimately, his sons act deceitfully towards the Canaanites in order to take revenge. We see:

  • Behind the scenes, Satan was working to try to ruin the people of God and began through the folly of Dinah
  • God used the wickedness of Jacob’s sons to bring judgment on the Canaanites, to thwart Satan’s plans and to preserve His people from an unholy alliance that would have spelt their destruction.

We draw useful lessons from this account for how we are to live as believers in this day and age, keeping separate from the world but having the comfort also that God will keep His people pure.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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