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Part 38

Chapter 34:

Verse 15.    “But in this will we covenant unto you If ye will be as we be, That every male be circumcised;”

Verse 16.    “Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters unto us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.”

Verse 17.     “But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.”

Verse 18.     “And their words pleased Hamor and Shechem, Hamor’s son.”

Verse 19.     “And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob’s daughter: and he was more honorable than all the house of his father.”

But Hamor was thinking of all the goats and cattle and he did not want to lose all of that.

Verse 20.   “And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying.”

In those times all conferences with the elders of the city were held at the gate as in other stories.

Verse 21.   “These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.”

Verse 22.   “Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us are circumcised.”

Verse 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. ‘ (Greed?)

Verse 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 the gate of his city.”  

Verse 25.   “And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon ( receptivity) and Levi (clinging love), Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.”

Here they were into judgment, they decided that all men would have to atone for the defiling Dinah. Levi was supposed to be expressing his love for Dinah, but he was expressing it on the physical level. Therefore this feeling that came through for him was vengeance. Simeon was receptive but what he was receiving was what he saw, the appearances. They went out and slew all the burden appearances of mind. There are many different levels of understanding for these fantastic stories.

There is the point that how could two men slay a city of probably several hundred men!!

So we take a look at what follows.

Verse 28.   “They took their sheep (thoughts),and their oxen and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,”

Verse 29.   “And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.”

Verse 30.   “And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi. Ye have troubled me to make me stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.”

Verse 31.   “And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?”

Here we have to take a reminder of the meaning of the names in this story.

Jacob heel-catcher, supplanter, bringing to an end, recompensing, rewarding. Even Jacob as he is giving his sons his blessings says that these two brethren are weapons of violence and swords.
Simeon receptivity, hearkening
Levi cling, loving
Dinah The one spiritual result of Jacobs life, judged, justified, acquitted, avenged.
Hamor ass. wild ass, Prince of the Hivites – physical existence, life born of effort, bestiality,
Shechem burden
Canaanites material existence - lowland
Perizzites dweller in the country

All of Jacobs son’s show that he was still into the material levels however hard he tried. So here is another chance to get out of his downward spiral and the environment he had chosen.

Chapter 35:

Verse 1.    “And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel (house of God), and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau they brother.”

Jacob has come full circle, but God is still giving him another chance.

Verse 2.    “Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him. Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments.”

In other words, ‘clean up your act’. Remember Rachael took the images belonging to her Father when they fled from Laban.

Verse 3.    “And let us arise, and go to Bethel, and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way I went.

Verse 4.    “And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.”

Oak means sturdy, strength, protection. When you bury, or suppress ideas that are not good ideas they will always be there. They will re-surface in some way. So Jacob buried them (ideas) “and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem”. So we know that they are going to come up again because he never really cast them out. Abraham cast out Hagar into the desert, that is really casting out the psychic ideas, let them go. Jacob did not do that, he hid them. We will see later on what happens because of those hidden ideas.

Verse 5.   “And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not purpose after the sons of Jacob.

Verse 6.   “So Jacob came to Luz which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, and he and all the people that were with him.

Luz means separation - but its name was changed to Beth-el meaning house of God.

Verse 7.   “And he built there an altar, and called the place El-bethel –(strength of the house of God); because there God appeared unto him, when he fled form the face of his brother.”

Jacob is trying to get back onto an even keel but don’t forget those hidden ideas!

Verse 8 is a little vignette in itself but incredibly it contains the whole solution to the story of Dinah.

Verse 8.   “But Deborah ( be, great activity, very active, sustaining soul quality) Rebekah’s (the soul’s natural delight in the beautiful) nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth (emotion, a letting go).”

Deborah being a nurse is always busy serving, here she is serving Rebekah. Usually a person that is serving like this is guided by a sense of discrimination from judgment. They are basically guided by love of the person they serve. Deborah is guided by love for the natural delight of the beautiful. (Bethel - House of God, here our body). Deborah is buried under the oak, which is strength, of the house of God. They called it Allon-bachuth (oak of weeping), and weeping is the emotion of letting go throughout the whole body. People who have sinus challenges have weeping internally. Sadness. This is what is meant when we say it has gotten buried, down deep in our subconscious. We cannot bury the burden-bearing ideas under the oak. This is why this verse was put in directly after the story of Dinah. It seems out of place if you do not understand the meaning of the words. It was put in to highlight the previous story, to show us what happens when we bury thoughts of judgment and vengeance (burden bearing thoughts). The result of all this, being buried under the oak of Bethel, is being buried under the house of God, which is protection of spirit. Allon-bachuth means the inner strengthening of the true man, which comes when, in trying to serve, one lets go of outer, personal activities and goes within to the source of all strength, one lets go of and rests there in God. Dinah is the story of what we get ourselves into, coming from vengeance. This does us no good. Instead of getting revenge we should do what we were told about Deborah. This is the true solution to what Simeon and Levi did. Deborah means that the inner intuitive judgment and the directive power in understanding are rightly joined, victory over the enemies (the material, transitory thoughts) of the children of Israel (the real, enduring spiritual thoughts) follows.

Verse 9.    “And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.”

Back on a level plain, starting all over again, just as we do!


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