In Genesis 35 Jacob’s most anticipated joy soon gives way to a flood of suffering and trouble – hence the theme for this chapter – Jacob’s Trouble. Since Jacob’s life prefigures national Israel, we explore what this chapter means for us. And don’t worry, this is far more encouraging than our theme suggests!
Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. Jeremiah 30:7
“Dinah ..went out to see the daughters of the land.” Gen 34:1
“Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket or a watch to take out of it, and, burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge. In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.”
– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland