I think of the lack of good fathers nowadays when I read this chapter. Jacob, the dad of Simeon and Levi, only looks at how their actions affect him. He also should have laid down the law with his sons.
Proverbs 23:13 says, “Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.” We live in a very entitled time right now where the parents see themselves as their child’s friend instead of as their parents.
I fear for the generation ahead, which has more possessions than they’ll ever need and has everyone fighting their battles for them. When I was writing this, there was just an opinion poll saying 11 percent of parents had called their adult child’s workplace to complain to the boss. We need to raise children in a way they grow up to be decent functioning parts of society. It certainly doesn’t look like Jacob did that. Dads, are you the spiritual leaders of your household?
Praying for godly dads,
Pastor Ron Kitchell