But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. Please give her to him as a wife. And make marriages with us; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters to yourselves. So you shall dwell with us, and the land shall be before you. Dwell and trade in it, and acquire possessions for yourselves in it.” (Genesis 34:8-10)
The serpentine nature of the Adversary is always at work, attempting to get God’s people – a people called to be set apart — to mingle with the world. This was first demonstrated in the Garden when he seduced Eve to eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 3). The same ploy would be used later to seduce the sons of Israel to join themselves to the daughters of Moab and Midian at Baal Peor (Numbers 25). Concerning these same Canaanites, Moses later told Israel:
“When the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.” (Deuteronomy 7:2-4)
If Jacob had made the decision to do this, in time, Jacob, his family and his possessions would have been absorbed into the Canaanite culture and, in effect, Israel would have been no more. The same can be said of his descendants who were living in Egypt before their captivity. If that Pharaoh who oppressed them had not come to power, it is very unlikely they would have been prepared to leave Egypt with Moses. They would have remained and be absorbed into Egyptian culture causing to Israel to disappear.
Tares are sown, not to be friends with God’s people but, to absorb or conquer God’s people. On the other hand, God has said that He isn’t going to let that happen. In Ezekiel 20, to those of His people who wish to be like the nations He said, “This shall never be… I will rule over you.” That same direct message is for you and me, as well. Though we have the same inclination to follow the trends and tendencies of the nations, our Father is not going to let that go unchallenged. He is still determined to rule over us one way or the other. Yet His heart is that our heart would be inclined to surrender to His will of our volition. May it be that we are always of a mind to serve Him simply because we love Him.
Blessings and Shalom,