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by Wayne Blank
The birth of Dan came about as the result of childless Rachel (Jacob / Israel had two wives, Rachel and Leah, and two concubines, Bilhah, who was Rachel's maid, and Zilpah, Leah's maid) arranging to have children through Bilhah. It proved to be unnecessary. Rachel did later have children of her own, Joseph and Benjamin.
"And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die."
After the Exodus, when the Israelites entered the promised land, the tribe of Dan (Dan himself was by then dead, and likely buried back in Egypt - see Where Are The Israelite Patriarchs Buried?) was allotted the area along the Mediterranean, near the Philistine territories, such as Gaza - a place where a famous Danite died after being captured (see the Fact Finder question below).
"And the seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families. And the coast of their inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol, and Irshemesh, And Shaalabbin, and Ajalon, and Jethlah, And Elon, and Thimnathah, and Ekron, And Eltekeh, and Gibbethon, and Baalath, And Jehud, and Beneberak, and Gathrimmon, And Mejarkon, and Rakkon, with the border before Japho." (Joshua 19:40-46 KJV)
The Danites almost immediately found their territory too small, and set out to do something about it:
"And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father." (Joshua 19:47 KJV)
A curious element of Prophecy is that the tribe of Dan is left out of the future 144,000:
"And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel."
The Scriptures do not plainly state why Danites are not included in the 144,000 - even though salvation is as open to the people of Dan as it is to everyone else. There have been, and are, many opinions and guesses why Dan is omitted from the 144,000 but one clue may have been provided by Dan's father, Jacob/Israel, when he prophetically said about the people of Dan:
"Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. I have waited for Thy salvation, O Lord." (Genesis 49:17-18 KJV)
Fact Finder: One of the most famous people of the Old Testament was Samson who died in Philistine captivity after being betrayed by Delilah. Of what Israelite tribe was Samson?