Thursday, May 4, 2017
Block 67: Dan
Rachel was Jacob’s first chosen, second-married and most favored wife. (Recall that he wanted to marry Rachel and was tricked into marrying Leah, her homelier older sister.) Rachel desperately wanted to give Jacob a son, but was unable to get pregnant. Her sister, Leah, had already given Jacob four sons. Rachel was desperate. She gave her handmaiden, Bilhah to her husband as a surrogate. Dan was the first of two sons born to Bilhah. The name Dan means “judgment.” Rachel gave Dan this name because she believed that God had given her Dan to appease the injustice of being barren. In his final blessing, Jacob said that Dan would be a judge to his people.
But Dan turned out to be a huge disappointment. Dan hated his brother, Joseph, and devised a plan to trick Jacob into thinking that Joseph was dead. Later, Dan did not help in the war with the Canaanites, He failed to conquer the land that was originally given to him, and his tribe moved further north, to the northernmost border of Israel — far away from Jerusalem. Being distant from the temple, Dan allowed his tribe to worship false idols — he even built golden calves to aid them in their idolatry. Later, the prophet, Amos, denounced Dan and predicted that the pagan worshippers would fall and never rise again. Ultimately, the tribe of Dan was not listed as one of the tribes who were promised the “seal of God” in Revelation 7:1-8. Dan and his tribe were deemed “unworthy.” It was believed by some that the antichrist would come from the tribe of Dan (see Jeremiah).
Dan’s leadership supporting man-made religion became his legacy, and to this day, there are many man-made religions convinced that their worship will lead to God. We must simply remember Jesus’ words, “’I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.’” John 14:6
I chose the Gold Brick block to represent Dan, who turned from the faith of his father and built two golden calf statues for his tribe to worship.