Summary: This series deals with the complications of compromise, and challenges listeners to get off the fence of indecision and fully go with God!
Part two: GET OFF THE FENCE!
Let me remind you of the challenges of this message.
I believe that it is time for the children of God to arise, and get ourselves up from the place of complacency in our Spirit and in our flesh, and ’get off the fence!’
I believe that it is time for the Church of the Living God to step up to her place and become what God intended for her to be!
I believe that it is time for “THE SANCTUARY” to ARISE FROM HER SLUMBER, GET OFF OF THE FENCE OF MEDIOCRITY, AND BECOME THE CHURCH OF DESTINY THAT GOD HAS SPOKEN OF SO MANY TIMES!
Let’s get ready to grow together
as we learn how to be pleasing to God!
Let me give you some bio-background here: Shechem, is a location in the area of Canaan, that is mentioned several times in the Bible, 66 to be exact.
The word means ‘a ridge’ in Hebrew.
The best way that I know to describe a ridge is that place along the top of mountains, or hills that makes up the ‘backbone’ of the high place.
It’s not difficult for me to see that ridge as the ‘top of a fence line.’
So, in this series of messages, when you see Shechem, think about the FENCE.
Now turn to the Book of Genesis Chapter 35:
For a little more interesting background, Let’s find out what went on in Chapter 34.
Interestingly enough, there is a situation that takes place that causes us to consider the fence issue again, but in another light.
Check this out. Dinah, is Jacob’s daughter, and she and some of the girls went out about town one day, as they were there, a man named SHECHEM, -go figure-, sees her, and lusts after her to the point of taking her into his house and defiling her. (He became sexually intimate with her.) Problem: SHECHEM IS A HIVITE. Not an Israelite. BIG PROBLEM. Jacob found out and was very angry. He waits till evening, and the brothers of Dinah find out as well, and they go out into the field, and question SHECHEM AND HIS DAD HAMOR. Hamor comes up with an idea that Shechem should have Dinah as His wife, and they should mix marry with the Israelites.
In this place, Shechem represents THE FENCE LINE OF compromise.
· Come on, folks give a little.
· Relax your rules,
· let down your guard.
That is exactly what the ENEMY OF YOUR SOUL, SATAN wants us to do.
· Relax our guard.
· Let down a little.
· Give in for a while.
· It’s ok. A LITTLE OF THE WORLD CAN’T DO THAT MUCH DAMAGE.
· It’ll be all right. A LITTLE BIT WON’T HURT.
DON’T YOU DARE DO IT FOLKS, DON’T YOU DARE COMPROMISE WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE RIGHT!
The boys and Jacob say ‘no way’, these guys are ‘uncircumcised’. They aren’t God’s people. Then they convinced the men of that area to be circumcised in order to mix marry.
While the men were still recovering from their circumcision, Simeon and Levi ~ Dinah’s brothers, and Jacob’s sons, go and kill all of the men of that area, in response to Shechem’s defiling Dinah.
There’s a penalty to compromising in sin folks, and the scriptures make it plain: