SATURDAY 18TH APRIL, 2020
THEME: EFFECT OF EVIL ACQUAINTANCES
PASSAGE: GENESIS: 34:1-5
HYMN: MHB 475- I NEED Thee every hour
MEMORY VERSE: Genesis 34:3 “His heart was drawn to Dinah, daughter of Jacob and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.”
Genesis chapter 34 records some conflicts in Canaan, in which two sons of Jacob took up arms against the community for an unfair treatment of their sister who “went outside to see daughters of the land” against advice not to do so. The conflict could have consumed Jacob and his household, if God had not asked him to relocate to Bethel.
The word “acquaintance” simply means familiarity or intimacy.
Evil acquaintances, therefore, mean evil familiarity or ungodly relationship. From the context of the scriptural text, Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, visited the women of the land and in the course of the visit, she fell into the trap of Shechem, son of Hamor, who grabbed and raped her.
From time to time God had instructed the Israelites not to have anything to do with heathen nations either by marriage, business transactions or otherwise. Dinah failed to observe this sacred order of God towards His children and fell to the trap of Shechem, son of Hamor.
The lesson here is that whenever we move out of God’s comfort zone or reject His directives over our lives, we are liable to fall into the trap of the devil. Every Christian should beware of ungodly friendship or relationship or having anything to do with evil acquaintances, because it offers nothing than Spiritual death and total separation from our Maker.
For proper directives against evil acquaintances, Psalm 1 gave the solution to Christians. We are warned, “not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, not to sit in the midst of the scornful nor stand in the way of sinners.”
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, separate us from every evil acquaintance that has nothing to do with our destiny in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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