Judges 17:1–18:31; John 3:1-21; Psalm 104:1-23; Proverbs 14:20-21
Love Your Neighbor
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. – Proverbs 14:21
The Place Where God Dwells
And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land. And they set them up Micah’s graven image, which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh. – Judges 18:30-31
The tribe of Dan completely forsook God. They stole the false god and the priest to come to be with them in the land they are about to steal. They believe God has given them this land into their hands when that is not the case at all. We read about the land God gave to the Danites for their possession back in the book of Joshua, but because of their lack of faith and their sinfulness, they weren’t able to drive the inhabitants out. Now in the land, they stole, they rebuilt their city, set up idols, and brought a false priest to worship in their land. All the while the place of true worship…the place where God was dwelling…was in Shiloh.
All of this fulfilled the second half of Israel’s ( Jacob’s) prophecy about the tribe of Dan.
“Dan shall be a serpent by the way, An adder in the path, That bite the the horse heels, So that his rider shall fall backward.” – Genesis 49:17
He the Believeth
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. – John 3:16-21
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart. – Psalm 104:14-15