EP 132: The Wrong Way To Propose Marriage: Dinah’s Story

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We are continuing our stories in the bible about people who have suffered abuse and trauma. We are looking into the Jacob’s background and the violation of his daughter Dinah by one of the neighboring Hivite men. How did her family respond? Did they believe and protect her? Was the way that Dinah’s brothers handled the situation sanctioned by God or not? We also find out why you should keep your word and honor your commitments. This story shows how God will use even flawed people to further his kingdom.

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Dinah

[00:00:00] Hi friends. Welcome. Come on in. How are you doing today? I hope that you enjoyed the study of Jeremiah last week. I know it was a lot to take in. There’s a lot about Jeremiah to learn. You just did an overview last week. So many nuggets to chew on. So I hope that you learned something. I hope that encouraged you to read Jeremiah for yourself and learn some additional things.

[00:00:34] Now, this week I was doing some Bible reading in Genesis, and I happen to notice that the story before was the story about Dinah one of Jacob’s daughters. And so I read it and I decided that I would do that lesson this week because it’s short [00:01:00] and to the point. And so that’s what we’re gonna talk about today’s, Dinah story.

[00:01:07] And I, you might have noticed that my podcast has been posting little bit late. I already mentioned that I had problems with my web hosting and I’m in the process of changing to a new web host. I’m still having trouble with transferring, but I was two weeks late getting out episodes. This week it was just a matter of exhaustion.

[00:01:36] Working 10 hour days now and coming home and trying to edit the podcast and get it posted on time, and I was just so tired. I was falling asleep on the couch. My husband’s poking me. It’s. 9: 30, 10 o’clock at night. And up until, you know, the [00:02:00] last couple weeks, I haven’t had any problems posting on time, but I just wanna let you know I’m not going anywhere.

[00:02:07] Nothing is wrong, it’s just technical difficulties. And then I’m just tired. Uh, you probably had those days yourself where you’re tired and well, whatever I had left to do today is just going to have to wait until tomorrow. I don’t have it in me anymore today. So I am here for you right now.

[00:02:32] I wanted to give a little background of the story today in case you were not familiar

[00:02:39] with Jacob and the sons of Jacob who are going to be featured today. So we are going to talk about Jacob’s sons and his daughter Diana. And if you’re not familiar with the 12 tribes, let me just quickly tell you the [00:03:00] breakdown of these sons of Jacob. So the genealogy goes like this. You have

[00:03:06] Abraham and Sarah to start. And then Abraham has two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. Isaac had Jacob and then Jacob has 12 sons. And a daughter and the 12 sons become the 12 tribes of Israel. Jacob’s, 12 sons in Genesis 35, 22 through 26. Leia was the mother of Ruben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulon, and also the mother of Dinah. Rachel is the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. We are going to do a study on Joseph here soon. I’m gonna do probably a two-parter [00:04:00] on Joseph because he’s my favorite Bible character next to Jesus, and there’s a lot of great stuff in his story.

[00:04:10] Let’s see. Zilpah gave birth to Gad and Asher. Bilhah was mother of Dan, and Naphtali. So those are the 12 tribes, and I won’t get into it any further because

[00:04:28] there’s the sons of the 12 tribes. So like Joseph for instance. Joseph had two sons, Manasseh and Ephraiam, who were also leaders of tribes. And so I won’t go into that any further cuz then we get into the weeds of other stuff that we might get into with Joseph’s story, but for now, I’m just gonna leave the background there, just so you know who this family is and who we’re talking [00:05:00] about here, we’re going to be in Genesis 34.

[00:05:06] I wanted to read a little bit about Jacob coming to the city, Schekem. This is just set up for the event that is about to happen, and I’m in chapter 33 of Genesis in verse 18, and Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram.

[00:05:31] And he camped before the city and from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, he bought for a hundred pieces of money, a piece of land on which he had pitched his tent there. He erected an altar and called it So, Jacob bought a piece of the land from the [00:06:00] inhabitants of Canaan, which they are not believers as we’re gonna get into here shortly. They are surrounded by these different people groups, and they do not all follow the values of.

[00:06:18] Jacob and his family, not believers in the God of Abraham. So let’s go to chapter 34, and I will say this, the Bible stories don’t always have a super happy ending, but there are lessons that we can learn, some truths that we can notice in here about the character of people, the character of God.

[00:06:49] But this particular story is not super graphic. It is talking about the rape of Dinah, but it doesn’t say any [00:07:00] description. So just giving you a heads up. So let’s read in chapter 34, verse one.

[00:07:08] Now, Dinah, the daughter of Leia, whom she had born to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land.

[00:07:16] And when Shechem, the son of Hamor, the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her. So I’m going to stop there. There are some contrary words that are coming up in this chapter. So Dinah was just taking a look around at all the native Canaanites that lived around them.

[00:07:41] She was looking at the women from afar to see, well, you know, probably how do they wear their hair? What kind of clothes they wear, what do they do all day? Are they beautiful? I don’t know. It’s just speculation. What was [00:08:00] she observing with the neighbors, right?

[00:08:04] So she’s pretty much checking out the neighbors and this guy, Shechem, who is Hivite.

[00:08:12] Let’s see who are the Hivites? We do know that the Hivites are not believers according to the passage. Their descendants of Canaan, the son of Ham. So if you remember the story in Genesis, the flood, Ham was one of Noah’s sons, and so these are descendants of Ham.

[00:08:40] But we don’t know a whole lot about them,

[00:08:43] but we do know that the name means tent dweller.

[00:08:48] Okay, let’s keep going here. So he humiliated her and laid with her in verse two. I mean, he seized her, humiliated her. Obviously this [00:09:00] was by force. This was not consensual. This was, rape.

[00:09:05] But then in verse three, it’s kind of confusing. And his soul was drawn to Dinah, the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her, though Shechem spoke to his father Hamor saying, get me this girl for my wife. And I’m going to venture to say that this love that he had was most likely lust.

[00:09:30] she may have been very beautiful and decided that he wanted her, but this is not how we go about marriage. And Jacob saying verses five. Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah. Did he use that word, defiled?

[00:09:48] But his sons were with his livestock in the field. So Jacob held his peace until they came. So it sounds like Jacob depended on his sons to [00:10:00] take care of business and family dealings. I don’t recall how old Jacob is at this point, but it sounds like his sons took care of a lot of the family business at this point.

[00:10:14] Verse six, and Hamor, the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him. The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of him, and the men were indignant and very angry. Because he had done this outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter. For such a thing must not be done.

[00:10:39] They said they are making a very big distinction here that what Shechem did was wrong. You do not treat Dinah that way. They are very angry. You don’t just take a woman and play with her, not, not a [00:11:00] daughter of Jacob.

[00:11:01] So the way that things were done, in biblical time, they tried to protect the women. The women were married to those within the family, those within the Jewish community, they would not allow unbelievers, the foreign nations or the unbelieving nations to marry their sons or daughters.

[00:11:26] That was not allowed. That was for the protection of. Their tribes or their people to only marry those that were believers in the true God. They were not allowing marriages with the surrounding nations, and that’s one to protect your daughter, it’s two, to protect the family from. [00:12:00] Outside influences and bringing their guys into the family that they were worshiping, but were false guys.

[00:12:11] We talked a lot about that last week with, and then also your tribe that you are part of the family unit you were a part of. You had a certain amount of wealth. And that wealth was passed onto, you know, the sons and daughters. It was not, they did not want their family wealth given to an believer. Some outsider, it is not part of the Jewish families.

[00:12:45] I mean, it seemed very strange to us. We don’t have that culture. We arranged, the marriages were arranged. That is how marriages were done, and there was the, the bride price [00:13:00] for the family she was to move in with, and it was considerable bride price because the father and the mother, they were going to be losing a daughter, a part of the family who contributed to the family either cooking and cleaning and taking care of livestock or.

[00:13:24] Whatever. It takes a family to survive and by having the bride price, that would help the family to survive because the daughter was leaving their family and going to another family nearby, most likely nearby. So anyway, that is the background of what marriages, how marriages were arranged. [00:14:00] So let’s go to verse eight.

[00:14:04] But Haymore spoke with them saying, the soul of my son, Shaham, launched for your daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife. Make marriages with us. Give your daughters to us. Take our daughters for yourselves. You shall dwell with us, and the land shall be open to you, dwell and trade in it and get property in.

[00:14:37] So they’re trying to tempt Jacob and his sons. Hey, you know, you can partner with us and you can have all of the things we can share with you, the land and and our daughters and our sons, and that’s tempting offer. [00:15:00] When you are, you are surrounded by other nations and people, groups, they’re not similar to your own.

[00:15:08] That sounds kinda tempting to me. That sounds like a good feel. Let’s read, read on in verse 11. Cze also said to her father and to her brothers, let me find, let me find favor in your eyes in whatever you say to me. I will give, ask me for as great a bride and gift as you will, and I will give whatever you say.

[00:15:43] To me only give me the young woman to be my wife. So he’s laying it on thick and he is offering a very large bride price. Pretty much name your price [00:16:00] tool. You tell me what you want for Dyna and I will give it to you on top of. You know, getting property and land and having an alliance with the hibis, but it doesn’t go over well.

[00:16:24] Verse 13, the sons of Jacob answered shek and his father heor Deceitfully because he had defiled their sister Diana. They said to them, We cannot do this thing to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised for, that would be a disgrace to us. So if you’re not familiar with UN, with circumcision,

[00:16:58] the Jews would [00:17:00] circumcised removal of those four skin, and that was a sign that you were. A Jew and you were under the covenant of the God of Abraham. So it’s pretty much like, okay, you go and get baptized after you’ve received Christ, you go and get baptized. That’s a sign that you are committed to Christ, that you have made that decision to follow him.

[00:17:30] Circumcision was the same thing. You are a part. Of this community, this faith community, and the unbelieving nations did not circumcise. Um, they would call the Philistines uncircumcised Philistine cuz they were, they were even nation. So let’s move on.[00:18:00] [00:18:03] Verse 15, only on this condition will we agree with you that you’ll become as we are by every male among you being circumcised, then we will give you our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to ourselves and we will dwell with you and become one people. But if you will not listen to us in circumcision, But if you will not listen to us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter and we will be gone.

[00:18:36] So I think that there’s a little bit of putting that out there to get circumcised because everyone in their, in their community, every male would’ve had to be circumcised and. You know, she can’t really speak for the rest of his people because, [00:19:00] you know, this is cutting the foreskin of the penis, which is quite painful as an adult.

[00:19:08] And maybe the sons of Jacob thought that, oh, they’re not gonna do this. They’re not gonna agree to all get circumcised. That’s probably, um, they’re probably just gonna. Leave and move on with their life without leaving, without dying. So let’s see what happens. Verse 18, their words pleased, Tamar and son and the young man did not delay to do the thing because he delighted in Jacob’s daughter.

[00:19:46] Now he was the most honored of all his fathers across. When his son, she came to the gate of the city and spoke to the men of their city saying, these men are at [00:20:00] peace with us. Let us dwell. Let them dwell in the land and trade in it. For behold the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as lives and let us give them our daughters.

[00:20:14] Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us to become one people. When every male among us is circumcised as they are circumcised, verse 23 will not their livestock, their property, and all their beast. The obs only let us agree with them and they will dwell with us. So, as I was saying, if they’re intermarrying, then the wealth is spread between the law.

[00:20:51] And they knew that they wanted the wealth of Jacob and her sons. [00:21:00] So they’re trying to talk these men in the city to do the circumcision though. Verse 24 and all who went out of the gate of his city listened to Haymore and his son check him, and every male was circumcised. All who went out of the gate of this, of his city.

[00:21:27] So they all went and got circumcised

[00:21:34] and so on verse 25, it says on the third day when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob Simeon and Levi Dina’s brothers. Took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all of the males. They killed Haymore and his son. She [00:22:00] with the sword and took Diana out of she’s house and went away.

[00:22:08] The sons of Jacob came upon the sled and plundered the city because they had defiled their sister. They took their flocks and their herds, their donkeys and whatever was in the city and in the field. All of their wealth, all their little ones and their wives, all that was in the houses they captured and plundered.

[00:22:31] So

[00:22:35] this is not the way to go about it. I don’t agree with the killing of all the males. Because I think that’s a bit extreme. Don’t you think they should not have agreed to that they should not have agreed to let [00:23:00] Shaham Mary Diner if they were all to get circumcised? Because you are making a, a. You’re making a promise to somebody.

[00:23:12] This is a transaction. Marriages were transactional and taken very seriously.

[00:23:24] But it sounds like the sons, they didn’t care if they got circumcised or not. They were still in their hearts. They were going to be, they were gonna be heathens, they were going to worship. Other gods. They weren’t real Jews. That’s what I am thinking. Went through their heads because why would you say, okay, you go and get circumcised, then we can intermarry when they were not in agreement.[00:24:00] [00:24:00] Again, I think that they put this really severe. Condition on this arrangement, and I don’t think they thought that they were going to agree to it to begin with. So now that they went and everybody got circumcised, now okay, what are we going to do? I really don’t want these people to be my brother-in-law.

[00:24:29] I don’t want them taking our wells, or I don’t wanna share my wealth with them.

[00:24:42] And most of all, they, they defiled our sister, and we may not agree with the way that they did this, that they went and killed all of the men and then took everything that they owned, but they were defending their [00:25:00] sister. That’s kind of how. That’s probably how they see it. We were defending the honor of our sister.

[00:25:14] What you did was wrong and you’re gonna pay for it. Um, and God was not behind this. This was not a commandment of God because

[00:25:29] God says that vengeance is mine. Mind, say it the Lord. So let’s see what Jacob says about all of this. Verse 30. Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, you have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land. The Ken nights in the parasites. My numbers are [00:26:00] few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed Both I and my household.

[00:26:10] Verse 31, but they said, should he treat our sister like a prostitute

[00:26:20] again, Jacob Simian and Levi, they, they have a good point there, but Jacobs. Saying we have to live around these people. When you say you’re going to do something and you make an agreement with another nation or tribe, you have to follow through with that. You have to do what you say you’re going to do in these covenants or these agreements.

[00:26:54] Because you get the reputation that you can’t be trusted, that your word [00:27:00] could not be trusted. They’re surrounded by all of these different people groups, and they’re going to hear that Jacob’s sons slaughtered the HIEs, and so Jacob is afraid that. All these other nations are gonna come and attack us.

[00:27:25] This was before the Israelites were, were large in number. Their numbers are still very small. They’re just starting out. They just bought the pizza of land and so. He wants to at least have peace among his neighbors that they’re not gonna get, um, attacked or killed. [00:28:00] Even if you’re not, you don’t have the same belief system, you don’t have the same lifestyle.

[00:28:07] You still have to get along in a professional sense, just like in our world. You still have to go to work and you have to, um, you have to live or you have to work peaceably with your coworkers or your business. The people you do business with in the world you may not agree with maybe their politics or their religion or whatever.

[00:28:39] Or the kind of cologne they wear, or the music they listen to, but you have to have some sort of getting along, putting aside your, your differences in order to be peaceable with each other and get the job done.

[00:28:59] [00:29:00] I mean, I am very glad that they took Diana’s. Very seriously. They recognized that she was violated, they treated her like a valued member of the family. They were trying to protect her and it’s, I wish that they had some dialogue for Diana here. There’s no dialogue at all, so we could hear, you know, her thoughts.

[00:29:33] Her experience, it doesn’t talk about it at all,

[00:29:44] but we do know that her family treated her very well and stuck up for her, believed her. And so there are examples of that in scripture. [00:30:00] We’ve talked about a lot of. Stories where family members were violated and nobody did anything. You know, we did a story of Tamar and Beth Shiba and we talked about those things.

[00:30:17] So I think it was good to see a story where the victims are believed and supported. Again, we don’t agree with slaughtering your enemies. That is probably not what God wanted. Um, but that’s what happened. And the Bible doesn’t sugarcoat things. The Bible reports the events as they happen. Good or bad, good, bad, and the ugly.

[00:30:56] So what else does Jacob say?[00:31:00] [00:31:11] So kind of the end of the story

[00:31:18] that we’re gonna end with is about.

[00:31:23] Jacob going and making an altar to the Lord Sore. In chapter 35 verse one, God said that Jacob arise, go up to Bethel and Toal there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Isau. So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with them, Into all who were with him.

[00:31:53] Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then [00:32:00] let us arise and go up to Bethel so that I may make there an altar to God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone. So they gave Jake. So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gauze that they had and the rings that were in their ears.

[00:32:22] Jacob hid them under the terra tree that was near Shaham,

[00:32:30] verse five. And as they journeyed a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them so that the date, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. And Jacob came to lose. That is Bethel, which is in Land of Canaan. He and all the people who were with him and there he built an altar and called the place Al Bethel because there God had [00:33:00] revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother and Deborah, Rebecca’s nurse died and she was buried under an oak below Bethel.

[00:33:11] So he called its name, Ilan Baku.

[00:33:25] So

[00:33:31] verse nine, God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Aana Ram and blessed him. And God said to him, your name is Jacob. No longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name. So he called his name Israel and God said to him, I am God almighty. Be fruitful and multiply a nation and a company of nations shall come from [00:34:00] you, and King shall come from your own body.

[00:34:04] The land that I give to Abraham and Isaac, I will give to you. And I will give you the land and I will give the land to your offspring after you. Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him and Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it.

[00:34:32] So Jacob named, So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.

[00:34:46] So that is where I will stop because it goes into,

[00:34:53] um, people talks about people’s deaths. So, but you can [00:35:00] read further on if you want. Let’s talk about the altar. So trying to clean up this mess with the nations around them is to go and build an altar to the Lord, and the Lord will protect them from any attacks from the other nations.

[00:35:29] But it sounds like the. The Jewish community, this, which was very small at the time, seemed to have some trinkets from foreign gods, so it had already filtered into their families that because they were surrounded by unbelievers that they were influencing. [00:36:00] They were very influential on them. So, because if you worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, uh, you would not, you would not have all these little trinkets.

[00:36:17] You wouldn’t have, um, little tiki dolls and little, um, little dolls. For statues of foreign gods and the rings in their ears. So they had to give all of those up so that Jacob could, um, worship before God and create an altar to God. And it does mention his brother Esau. That is the story before this one.

[00:36:55] You can read that. Um, that’s kind of [00:37:00] eye-opening too. Um, I won’t get into that because there isn’t really related to any trauma or abuse in that story, but it’s still some things in there you might want to know anyway. And so the story ends with. Jacob’s name is changed to Israel and God is promising a mighty nation coming from coming from Jacob’s family, and there’s going to be kings.

[00:37:40] There’s going to be land,

[00:37:49] and you can visit Bethel today. And you see the place where Jacob created the altar. [00:38:00] Anyway, I already did the,

[00:38:06] I already did the takeaways for this lesson today,

[00:38:17] but I do wanna mention as we. Study some of these people of the patriarch era, that these are flawed individuals, they’re human beings. I’ve heard so many, I’ve heard so many sermons about these famous stories in the Bible, and they’re all whitewashed to not focus on any of their flaws. Or that they, they sin and they have to repent.

[00:38:56] They have to turn away from their sin, their [00:39:00] foreign gods, and,

[00:39:05] and follow the true God. So you’re going to see that when you read Genesis, that these guys do some horrible things. As we just read when we read in past lessons,

[00:39:28] but even when we mess up and we have gone down the wrong path, God still chooses to use us for his glory. God still forgives us. We are still part of his family.

[00:39:46] Our salvation is based on our faith in God. And so all through the Old Testament, if you are looking for it, you can see God’s [00:40:00] grace and mercy and patience to the people of Israel, to the Jewish community. And so that gives us some hope because we’re not perfect. I am certainly, I am certainly not perfect.

[00:40:22] I am the first one to tell you that I have made, made something really terrible mistakes. Now I’ve never slaughtered anybody. I’ve never killed anyone. Or, um, I think the most I’ve stolen is probably a candy bar. But, um, You know, or anyway,

[00:40:47] when we go down the wrong path, we fall away from gone. He’s always there waiting for us to come back to him, come back to the fold. He will wait [00:41:00] for you. So there is no sin that you. I’ve done that. God cannot forgive. I do want to say that today. And

[00:41:16] so not exactly I feel good story for today, but it’s still has some lessons, some things that we learn about these folks. We’re gonna learn some more things. Um, I’m gonna start working on Joseph, maybe some shorter stories in between there. Like this one. I do have a guest that is coming, um,

[00:41:50] let me see. He is coming. Okay, so May 20th. I’m going to interview, um, Scott Distler and, and. [00:42:00] He is gonna be talking about the cave, which is pretty much depression. He is a pastor and he talks about the, the depression and just hitting a wall in church ministry. And I have experienced that and some of my other guests, like Pastor has experienced.

[00:42:29] Some really horrible treatment from, um, other churches, his, his own church, and subsequent churches. After that, a lot of persecution. So Scott’s going to talk about his book that chronicles his journey of going into the cave of despair and is it going to talk about Elijah the prophet that. Also [00:43:00] went into a cave who had, just like Jeremiah had some real struggles with mental health because they didn’t have Prozac, they didn’t have mental health services.

[00:43:14] So he’s going to go over the story of Elijah and him going into the cave of despair and then coming out of that and Scott Disk. Also talks about how he got out of the cave, he is in ministry now and how he got back into ministry. So I won’t even have to study a lie, Jeff, for you, cuz you’re gonna hear from Scott and, um, halfway through his book and it’s awesome.

[00:43:49] Very easy to read. I will, um, promote it here. I may give away a copy of the book to those of you who are interested. [00:44:00] That might be a little fun, but I think you’re gonna enjoy this guest. So he will be interviewed on the 20th, so his recording will be posted on the 24th of May. So maybe read some of, um, some of the, This story of Elijah to get familiar with it.

[00:44:27] Let’s see. That is in.

[00:44:47] So you can see, um, that story in One Kings 18 and Elijah’s got some really great stories. The story of [00:45:00] he may be, uh, You may know him with the prophets of bail, where they had the fire from heaven consume the sacrifice in front of these bail priests. Um, read Dad’s story. That’s a really exciting story.

[00:45:19] I’ve been to Mount Carmel where the, um, where it took place. You have a statue there of oi Judd’s. Pretty cool. Um, and they have a church run by a bunch of, um, CARite nuns. And so you can kinda visualize the event that happened there and all kinds of other, um, events happen to Elijah that, uh, Scott is probably gonna go over and if he doesn’t, I’ll go over.

[00:45:56] So that’s what we have coming up in the future. [00:46:00] Um,

[00:46:08] so we’ll see if I get finished my study on Joseph in order to do it for next week. If not, I will pick a different, I will pick a different Bible character for you, but, um, it’s encouraging you today to get into God’s word. Hide it in your heart. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’re not gonna understand everything that you read.

[00:46:38] That’s okay. And I’m trying to encourage you to, if you’ve stepped away from God or you’ve been mad at God, you don’t understand why you went through the things you did. Don’t turn away, turn back [00:47:00] towards the Lord and get into his word with new, fresh eyes. I’m going to help you and there are people out there that will help you, and it doesn’t mean you’re not going to have those bad days, but God promises to always be with you to comfort you.

[00:47:26] People misunderstand that God is there to take away the take away the the bad things that happen to us. God doesn’t promise that we live in a sinful world and bad things are going to happen to us because we’re breathing whether you’re a Christian or not. Whether you are an. Whether you are a believer or not.

[00:47:55] If you are, you’ve got a heartbeat and you’re breathing, living [00:48:00] on this planet, you are going to have hard times the horrible times. What God does promise is that he will be there with you. Something good will come out of this. God will, um, God will comfort you and be there for you. So trust in that today.

[00:48:24] Those are the thoughts. I’m leaving with you and so I hope that you are here next week. Uh, reach out to me if you need anything. Um, my email, social media, um, reach out to me. I’ll be glad to help you. So God bless you or. God bless you, and we’ll see you next week.

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