Will not their livestock, their property and all their beast be ours?Only let us agree with them, and they will dwell with us.In that case, the rule of Joseph would have resulted in the subjugation of the Egyptians to the Hebrews. Perhaps that is one reason Jacob’s family received favored treatment in Egypt.
The men of the city agreed and were all circumcised.
Then two of Jacob’s sons attacked them when they were in great pain from the circumcision and killed all the men of the city.
They did this, they said, because Hamor had treated their sister as a prostitute. He said to his sons: You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.
To tell the story briefly, he raped her, but then wanted to make her his wife.
When Shechem came to Jacob and his sons to ask for the girl, they said: If they had done this, it would not have been long before they would have become a part of the idolatrous people of Canaan – and God’s separation of Abraham to become the father of a great nation would have failed.
Even when Israel left Egypt after the 430 years and God gave them the land, He told them that they would get it only little by little.
They were a nation, but with numbers too small to fill the land.
ecause I grew up in and was a minister in a "Sunday-keeping" Christian church for 18 years, many have asked since I became a "Sabbath-keeping" Christian, "Why do you now go to church on Saturday? " This book is a result of my answering that question: "Why?
No, it was not as punishment for Abraham, but to protect his descendants that God had Jacob’s family move to Egypt.
As this family grew, it was inevitable that they would come into conflict with the people of the land where they were living with one of two results: either they would adopt the ways of the those people, as did the family of Lot (Abraham’s nephew) when he moved into Sodom (see Genesis 19), or they would be involved in disputes over things like water rights, as was Isaac (see Genesis -22).