Back in the mid 1900’s Albert Bramley penned these words in his famous hymn This World Is Not My Home:
This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore!
Bramley here gives us a vivid description of how all believers should feel as we live our lives on this earth. We should live as pilgrims passing through life and not as settlers looking to be assimilated into the culture in which live.
In today’s lesson, Jacob will put his family in a position where they are danger of being assimilated into the pagan culture of Shechem. God doesn’t allow it to happen, but if He had, there would be no such thing as Israel, and no such thing as a Jewish Messiah.