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Transquotation: Genesis 34:26-27

10 Jan

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house and went away. The sons of Jacob came upon the slain and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister. (Genesis 34:26-27)

Transquotation:

Jesus came and destroyed Satan; making a public spectacle of him, and freed us from His ‘defiling’ kingdom.

Explanation of the transquote:

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:15)

Jesus disarmed and destroyed, and so did Jacob’s sons. If you look a little ways before the verses I quoted, you’ll see Jacob’s sons making a, fake-agreement with Hamor and son (the same son who raped Dinah, Jacob’s daughter) that if all the males in Shechem would be circumcised, they would inter-marry (the Israelites with the Shechemites… Or maybe the Shechetites, or the Shechevites, I’m not really sure to be honest). So that’s exactly what the people of Shechem did. So, on the third day when the people were, and I quote, “sore,” Jacob’s sons came in and destroyed/looted them. — Or, to put all that much more simply: the disarmed and destroyed.

To rephrase the transquote: we had no hope, we were trapped in Satan’s kingdom with no way, or, for that matter, desire to escape; we were willing captives. But then Christ broke in and set us free by the cross; triumphing over Satan and making a public spectacle of him and his powers and authorities.

New Testament confirmation:

In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house. (Mark 3:27)

Guess what? Jesus is a strong man.

Context confirmation:

On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all the males. (Genesis 34:25)

I don’t know about you, but I love this verse. On the third day Jacob’s sons came in and destroyed the enemy, saving the one held captive! How much clearer can you get, pray tell? — Jesus rose again on the third day after He had been crucified; thus conquering death and saving us! This, if you couldn’t tell, supports the transquote by strengthening the connection between Jacob’s sons and Jesus.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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