35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
Jacob walked a line. Genesis 34 has him being asked by a rapist for his daughter.
The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of it, and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had done an outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter, for such a thing must not be done.
8 But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife. 9 Make marriages with us. Give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves. 10 You shall dwell with us, and the land shall be open to you. Dwell and trade in it, and get property in it.”
Andrew, Simon's brother was from one of the wealthiest families in Capernaum. Affording him the time to be a disciple of John the Baptist. God granting him the heart to go and find Jesus and to tell Peter of Jesus. God equipping Andrew to live the life God called him to live.
Jacob was also seeking God. And that day brought him a different opportunity. To find the neighbor heavies want his raped daughter as wife and the bride-price is a blending within a community of heavies. Eventually Jacob would probably find he was asked to lean on others when this occasion happened to other daughters.
The two Scriptures are how vast are the stories of those who seek God. Called to be One Body of Christ.
If this did not involve the Bible, Jacob's terrible day would make an excellent Western Movie. There is no cavalry, no government, no police force.
16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. 17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. 18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Did Jacob have another choice?
Jesus left Israel in the hands of the Romans.
Saul was a murderer for righteousness sake. Old Testament meets New Testament.
Jesus did not care to see King Ahab covet Naboth's vineyard. Just perhaps Jacob really did not have another choice. We only know God did not leave Jacob. The action was not rash, but was filled with the fear of self-preservation. We see this more in our day-to-day of movies and tv - how fear calms rash reaction with the barrel of death's gaze.
YET we would always pray to be the disciples of Jesus who move on to please Him. We would never want to adapt the slogan die on our feet and not our knees.
Ecclesiastes 3 has this generation's approval - we sing this.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Jacob had another choice - Abraham had men who wanted Sarah and he was also cunning with them. Yet Abraham never rushed to kill. Wars occurred during Abraham's day. Jacob was being pushed out of his birth country it would seem. How could that be fair?
Jacob eventually was called in hunger to leave the promised land. Perhaps if Jacob had not been in such a hurry to protect what was his, life would have been better for all of Jacob's family.
The Banner to live under is Give! Justice with Mercy! Walk Humbly with the Lord!
IS called for by God. God eventually left the privilege of the promised ones because they lorded over others so deeply. Abraham left a legacy of working with those around him. But Cmon... Hamor wasn't the one you would want to work with. God was calling Jacob away. Yet not deserting him. And let us not forget before we go past discernment into Judgment, which God never calls us to help Him Judge hearts - perhaps Hamor and company were not going to let Jacob go - only God knows.
Worship the Lord and serve Him only. Mt 4:10
Repent. Mt 4:17
Follow me. Mt 4:19
Shine your light before me and do good deeds. Mt 5:16
Your righteousness must surpass the Pharisees Mt 5:20
Settle matters quickly. Mt 5:25
Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow from you. Mt 5:42.
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Mt 5:44
Give to the needy. Mt 6:2
Pray. Mt 6:5
Forgive people who sin against you. Mt. 6:14 18:35
Fast from food once in awhile. Mt 6:16
Treat people the way you’d like to be treated. Mt 7:12
Enter through the narrow gate. Mt 7:13
Do God’s will. Mt 7:21
Acknowledge Jesus before men. Mt 10:32
Honor your father and mother. Mt 15:4 19:19
Be humble. Mt 18:4
Confront the person you have a conflict with. Mt 18:15
Love your neighbor as yourself. Mt 19:19 & 22:39
Serve everyone. Mt 20:26-28 & 23:11
Love God with all your heart, soul and mind. Mt 22:37
Feed, clothes, visit and invite in the poor and needy. Mt 25:35
Make disciples and baptize them. Mt 28:19
We take all of this discussion and say this:
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
Extrapolate and say worthy the ones who would stand in the congregation of the righteous. Pushing past the hassle and pull of life to lift up God and Worship Him. The Body of Christ has many components. Welcome to all worshiping Father God.
Stand Together to Worship.
Father God, be our problem solver Father God. Dwell in all aspects of our being. Guide us and lead us. Help us each day to give our talents to you. To trust you that our good prayers and efforts are blessed by you. Help us to remember how Abraham was merciful and not rash. Allowing You, Jesus, to be our Rock. Amen.