Of the tribes of Israel, there is none that leaves a blacker mark than the tribe of Dan. Interesting that the name means “Judge” but I’ll leave that for another post.
Israel was sent into the promised land to clear out the inhabitants because of the evil they were doing. Sexual immorality, greed, child sacrifice being high on the list of their offenses. But there appears to be one notable exception, the town of Laish.
I don’t know much about them, their practices, their religion. The bible tells us that they were quiet and secure, and had wealth. It would seem that, from the narrative, that they were to be left alone. But to Dan, a tribe that had forsaken God, they were a gold mine.
We know that Dan had not “come into their inheritance” yet. Seems an innocuous statement but it reveals a complacency, a lack of faith. Israel had been told to go in and possess the land. They had been there many, many years at this point. And yet Dan still didn’t have their inheritance. It can be surmised that this was due to their lack of faith. The area that was allotted them was “too difficult,” so they went looking for another. They wanted an easier prize.
Our struggles with addiction, our anger with God over “not coming through” smell a lot like the tribe of Dan. And the evil, the sad horror of the sins we commit as we take the “path of least resistance” mar the name of Jesus and separate us further from His will.
What seems impossible to you? What exhausts you just in thinking about it? What feels so overwhelming that you can’t bear the weight of it? Know that you have a choice. Know that you want what only God can handle. And know that, everyday, innocents die when we choose to not step out in faith.
It may sound like I’m condemning. To my shame, I spent 40 years addicted to pornography.
This is a battle cry! Fight! Go save them! Stand up! Live! That is the life of faith.