'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
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Thank you for joining me this evening with what I believe are some invaluable 'comments' for Matthew Henry in 1710. Godly practices are not 'time-sensitive'.
Where are - Your children, today? Are you financially helping them, for 'good', or, 'in rebellion'? Apt times to ponder, and, for appropriate action, I believe, even as I practice what I 'teach and preach'. Amen. Amen.
From Our Morning Post today, Chapter 34:1-19, we learned about Jacob's one and only one daughter, Dinah. Then on our afternoon post, we learned that the Shechemites were murdered by Simeon and Levi. (20-31)
Now, this evening for these two sections, 'Comments' from Matthew Henry, 1710, for our benefit with the following, especially for 'parents', to wit:
'Dinah defiled by Shechem. (1-19) The Shechemites murdered by Simeon and Levi. (20-31)
1-19 'Young persons, especially females, are never so safe and well off as under the care of pious parents. Their own ignorance, and the flattery and artifices of designing, wicked people, who are ever laying snares for them, expose them to great danger. They are their own enemies if they desire to go abroad, especially alone, among strangers to true religion. Those parents are very wrong who do not hinder their children from needlessly exposing themselves to danger. Indulged children, like Dinah, often become a grief and shame to their families. Her pretence was, to see the daughters of the land, to see how they dressed, and how they danced, and what was fashionable among them; she went to see, yet that was not all, she went to be seen too. She went to get acquaintance with the Canaanites, and to learn their ways. See what came of Dinah's gadding. The beginning of sin is as the letting forth of water. How great a matter does a little fire kindle! We should carefully avoid all occasions of sin and approaches to it.'
Then, for our afternoon post with Genesis 34:20-21, we note 'Commentary' by Matthew Henry, 1710
20-31 'The Shechemites submitted to the sacred rite, only to serve a turn, to please their prince, and to enrich themselves, and it was just with God to bring punishment upon them. As nothing secures us better than true religion, so nothing exposes us more than religion only pretended to.
But Simeon and Levi were most unrighteous. Those who act wickedly, under the pretext of religion, are the worst enemies of the truth, and harden the hearts of many to destruction. The crimes of others form no excuse for us. Alas! how one sin leads on to another, and, like flames of fire, spread desolation in every direction!
Foolish pleasures lead to seduction; seduction produces wrath; wrath thirsts for revenge; the thirst of revenge has recourse to treachery; treachery issues in murder; and murder is followed by other lawless actions. Were we to trace the history of unlawful commerce between the sexes, we should find it, more than any other sin, ending in blood. Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Because of the times in which we are living, the Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710, is added for our edification and necessary action for the benefit of our children and/or grand/great children. My friends, seek the godly wisdom for your children, no matter their ages, especially in the 'perilous times'. [2 Timothy 3]
This do, no matter your past or current relationships with them. Reach out in love, to them. [Luke 15:11-32]
Amen. Amen. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Thank you for returning on Thursday, June 25, 2020 when we will continue with Chapter 35, as the Lord wills, in conclusion of this Section of Genesis in our outline. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html Amen. Amen.
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