The Sense of Justice – Part 1

The true sense of justice stems from the ability to know when one has been violated. This ability to know when one has been treated in an unjust manner will always help to seek for justice. Anyone who does not know when he has been violated will not confidently seek for justice.

We have probably heard the saying, “So what can you do about it”? Usually when someone thinks he can get away with a violation toward another person he may feel a little invincible and that is why he ends up saying this kind of verbatim. This is clearly a deceptive thought. This way of thinking has a blind spot because it is not about what someone can do about the situation. We have to remember that ultimately it is all about what God can do about it and God is good at paying back.

A long time ago Jacob bought a piece of land near the city of Shechem after he come from Padan-aram. Leah, one of Jacob’s two wives had a daughter by the name of Dina. One day Dina visited friends in the city of Shechem and in the process got sexually violated by Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite. In Genesis 34:2 the Bible says, “And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her” (KJV). This was rape and it was a crime against Dina. In verse three of the same chapter, the Bible in reference to Shechem says, “And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel” (KJV). There was no way of justifying what Shechem did to Dina. It was a crime and justice was needed. Shechem was kind to Dina, but being kind to Dina could not compensate for his criminal action.

In that situation we could probably say that Dina did not know what to do. Could she have told her mother? Well, probably that could have helped, but it was a hard thing to do for sure. Every situation is unique. However, the question is, “Did she know the seriousness of this crime”? Maybe she knew it, right deep in her heart, but one thing for sure is that she handled it differently although she still needed justice.

Think about the fears she might have had. This man Shechem was a prince and that meant he was a powerful man in the city of Schechem. This could have been one of the challenges she faced in this situation and to this day it is still one of the things that victims of this kind of crime face. It is like someone who looks straight at the victim and says, “ So what can you do about it”? It may seem like some people get away with this kind of a crime, but that is not true because God is the God of justice. No one really gets away with anything because God is righteous in all his ways. Every person reaps what he or she sows.

When Jacob heard about this crime he faced his own fears too. If this was what was happening with Jacob, think about the fears that Dina his daughter faced. This was horrifying. She probably even thought that maybe she caused it when she really did not cause anything. She did not have to blame herself for anything. Schechem was really the one to blame. A lot of victims today have their own dreaded Shechems walking around. I want to let you know that there is Justice for everyone. No Shechem will get away with anything.

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  1. Thanks, this is timely for me. Dealing with a situation which although I forgave i continued to dwell on: had to finally come to that conclusion, God is the one who repays, so go ahead and forgive. Pray it stays gone.

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