When Joshua allocated the Promised Land, the tribe of Dan received a wide strip that extended west from the Tribe of Benjamin to the coastal plain at Jaffa (Joshua 19:40-46). However the “Amorites forced the people of Dan to live in the hill country. They did not allow them to live in the coastal plain” (Judges 1:34). The record continues, ”the Danites failed to conquer their territory, so they went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. They put the sword to it, took possession of it, and lived in it. They renamed it Dan after their ancestor” (Joshua 19:47).
“Now the Danites took what Micah had made, as well as his priest, and came to Laish, where the people were undisturbed and unsuspecting. They struck them down with the sword and burned the city. No one came to the rescue because the city was far from Sidon and they had no dealings with anyone. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob.
The Danites rebuilt the city and occupied it. They named it Dan after their ancestor, who was one of Israel’s sons. But the city’s name used to be Laish. The Danites worshiped the carved image. Jonathan, descendant of Gershom, son of Moses, and his descendants served as priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of the exile. They worshiped Micah’s carved image the whole time God’s authorized shrine was in Shiloh” (Judges 18:27-31).
Later on King Jeroboam fearful that the Northern Tribes would worship in Jerusalem and follow So Jeroboam made two golden calves and told his people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt.” (1 Kings 12:28). He set up one of the calves at Bethel on the way to Jerusalem. The other one he set up at Dan.
Everyone has a need to feel secure – from the baby in its mother’s arms, to when we grow up, and seek to safeguard our relationships, our health, jobs, property, and our money. But this isn’t easy, and all too often, perhaps, it’s someone we trust who lets us down.
The Bible says: “Put not your trust in princes, or in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” This may seem a depressing statement, but what good advice it is! Even if people are 100% trustworthy, they can only be relied upon as long as they remain alive: once they’re dead their promises and plans are worthless. The Bible goes on to say: “Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is therein, who keeps truth for ever.”
Keeping truth means remaining faithful. So we can rely on God, to do what He has promised. The security which God offers lasts forever. This may not mean freedom from life’s problems, but it does mean that if you come to have complete trust in God then you will find the best security in the world. We can have security in His love and His promise of eternal life on this earth, provided we believe in Him and obey His commandments.
When we make a New Year resolution, few of us can keep it up for long. It’s human nature. It’s maddening! Most of us just leave it at that, perhaps hoping we shall be able to do better next time.
But there’s one resolution which will help you to keep all the other good resolutions. That’s if you say, “I’ll set aside a few minutes every day to listen to the voice of God in the Bible. I’ll follow the example of a young man of Bible times who from his childhood had known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to give him the wisdom that leads to salvation, through faith in Jesus Christ.”
This is really no problem: thousands of people follow a simple plan, and learn, with growing excitement, what God has in store for the world. And they come to know for themselves that, as the Bible says,
All Scripture comes from God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully grown, equipped for every good work.
All you need is a Bible – you might find one of the modern language versions easy to read – and a timetable to help you to stick to a regular plan. And above all, a word of prayer on your lips.
Then, before you know where you are, you could find yourself saying, as someone else did when he began to realise how marvellous the Bible really is:
“O Lord God, what is to hinder me from walking in Your ways?”
And you’ll live to bless the day when you, also, began to discover the wonders contained in God’s Word.
Are you interested in the bible and archaeology? The Biblical Archaeology Society have compiled their top 10 biblical discoveries of 2016. Including:
- First-Ever Philistine Cemetery Unearthed at Ashkelon
- Ancient Latrine: A Peek into King Hezekiah’s Reforms in the Bible?
- Jewish Purification: Stone Vessel Workshop Discovered in Galilee
- And more…
Browse these stories and more: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/top-10-biblical-archaeology-discoveries-in-2016/
“If you were asked to name a book that mentions lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, hippos and hyenas, your thoughts might turn to Tarzan or some other such exotic tale. Bears, jackals, monkeys and panthers are the domain of The Jungle Book. Yet all these animals are also found in the Bible…”
Browse here for the full article from Bible History Daily: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/bible-animals/
We live at a time when moral standards are rapidly declining, a fact that is probably more apparent to the older generation than to the younger.
Drug taking, theft, cheating, violence, unchastity, adultery, pornography, child abuse and homosexuality are on the increase, and are regarded by many people as quite normal.
Young people wishing to live clean and Christian lives are daily subjected to more temptations than the older generation ever experienced. Many young children have far more freedom than ever before and loving parental restraint is often entirely lacking, leading sooner or later to antisocial behaviour, delinquency and even serious crime. Freedom has become licence: it is well said that we live in a permissive society -described in the Bible as “every man doing that which is right in his own eyes”.
But it is not for us to lay down our own moral standards – as the Bible says: “It is not in man that walketh to direct his ways.” The standards we should follow were given to us by God Himself in the Ten Commandments, and by Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount. Failure to teach these, both in the home and at school has been one of the causes of our moral decline. What can we, as individuals do about this decline? We can strive to follow Jesus’ commandment to love God with all our heart and our neighbour as ourself.. And as parents, we can instil the same attitude in our children. But this will not improve the overall moral standards of society. They won’t be changed until the kingdom of God is set up here on earth. Then the prayer of Jesus will be fulfilled “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
We believe that Jesus will return soon and that the improvement in moral standards is not far away. Very soon the legal, social and moral code of the world will be based on the standards set by God. This is a prospect well worth following up!