Subject: Dan, Jacob’s son
Golden text: I Timothy 3:12*
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Genesis 49: 1-2, 16-18
Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come.
2 “Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob,
listen to Israel your father.
16“Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a viper by the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that his rider falls backward.
18 I wait for your salvation, O Lord.
From 21st Century Science and Health**
From Genesis to Revelation, the snake or dragon represents revenge, hatred, envy, death, and disease—all evil. From beginning to end, the dragon pursues the spiritual idea with malice. The snake is perpetually close on the heel of harmony. In Genesis, the allegorical talking snake illustrates mortal human mind “more cunning than any beast of the field.”
Genesis 3:14–15. So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, ‘Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’”
This prophecy has been fulfilled. The Son of the Virgin-mother revealed the remedy for Adam, or error. The Apostle Paul explains the enmity or warfare between the idea of divine power which Jesus presented, and human thought which diverts attention away from Spirit.
There will be greater mental opposition to the spiritual, scientific meaning of the Scriptures than there has ever been since the Christian era began. The serpent or limited sense, will strike the heel of the woman—will struggle to destroy the spiritual idea of Love; and the woman, this idea of Love, will crush the head of lust. This spiritual idea has given the understanding a foothold in divine Science.
Who will say that God’s children are alive today but may be dead tomorrow? What has touched Life, God, to such strange issues? Error strikes the heel of truth, but cannot kill truth. Truth crushes the head of error—destroys error. Spirituality lays open siege to materialism. On which side are we fighting when material theories cease and Science unveils the mystery and solves the problem of being?
The understanding that the Ego, I AM, is Mind, and that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of human sense and to supply the truth of spiritual sense. This understanding makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters. If humanity is governed by the law of divine Mind, the body is obedient to everlasting Life and Truth and Love. The great mistake of human beings is to suppose that God’s image and likeness is both quantifiable and unquantifiable, both evil and good.
Numbers 21: 31-35
31 Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites. 32 And Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there. 33 Then they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. And Og the king of Bashan came out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. 34 But the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.” 35 So they defeated him and his sons and all his people, until he had no survivor left. And they possessed his land.
From 21st Century Science and Health
If the body is diseased, this is but one of the evil spirits of mortal mind. Human beings will be less mortal when they learn that human life never sustained existence and can never destroy God, who is our Life. When this is understood, humanity will be more spiritual and know that real substance can’t become malignant, since Spirit, Life, is All-in-all. What if the belief is multiple sclerosis? God is more to an individual than the individual’s belief, and the less we acknowledge human mind and its laws, the more spirituality we possess. Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in limited perceptions is conquered. Correct human mortal convictions by spiritual understanding and Spirit will form you anew. You will never fear again except to offend God, and you will never believe that hormones, cells, the heart, central nervous system, or any portion of the body can destroy you.
Human beings may seek the understanding of divine Science, but they will not be able to profit from Christian Science without applying the spiritual facts in their daily life. This endeavor consists of forsaking error of every kind and possessing no other consciousness but good.
Deuteronomy 31:1, 22
This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death.
22 And of Dan he said, “Dan is a lion’s cub that leaps from Bashan.”
From 21st Century Science and Health
Love’s discipline is nourishing. As Love corrects us we advance toward justice, peace, and purity, which are milestones of Science. Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause—wait on God. Then we make every effort to improve for the better.
Divine Science rejects the following theories: (1) that all is matter or human mind; (2) that matter or the human mind originates in divine Mind and is as real as Mind, possessing intelligence and life. The first theory, that matter is everything, is about as illogical as the second, that Mind and matter coexist and cooperate. One only of the following statements can be true: (1) that everything is human mind; (2) that everything is divine Mind. Which one is it?
Human mind and divine Mind are opposites. One is contrary to the other in its very nature and essence, consequently, they both can’t be real. Only by understanding that there is but one power—not two powers—are scientific and logical conclusions reached. We must continue to admit that spiritual intelligence is apart from mortal beings and measurable energy. Spiritual intelligence is expressing and controlling the universe. Spiritual intelligence is synonymous with the eternal Mind or divine Principle, Love.
Joshua 19: 47-49
47 When the territory of the people of Dan was lost to them, the people of Dan went up and fought against Leshem, and after capturing it and striking it with the sword they took possession of it and settled in it, calling Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their ancestor. 48 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Dan, according to their clans—these cities with their villages.
From 21st Century Science and Health
The principles of Spirit are omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience—Spirit possessing all power, filling all space, and constituting all Science. These facts contradict the belief that human mind can be actual and reveal existence as the radiant reality of God’s creation, in which everything Mind’s wisdom made is pronounced good.
Learning the allness of God is how I perceived, as never before, the awful unreality called evil. Consequently, with equal force, another glorious proposal was brought to light—our ability to experience goodness.
Psalm 68: 19-23
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah
20 Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
21 But God will strike the heads of his enemies, the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways. 22 The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea, 23 that you may strike your feet in their blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.”
From 21st Century Science and Health
Methods of prayer that perpetually try to humanize God are sad mistakes—errors that impede spiritual growth. As a first step, we can ask God to deliver us, but by taking more steps, and by demonstrating spiritual goodness, we can reach the living Truth.
If the body is organized dust, it cannot for that very reason suffer with a fever. But because the physical body is a mental concept and governed by human mind, it manifests only what that so-called mind expresses. Efficient remedies come about when defeating the patient’s misleading thought process by silently and audibly arguing the true facts of harmonious being—representing the individual as healthy instead of diseased. Show that it is impossible for material atoms to suffer, to feel pain or heat, to be thirsty or sick. Destroy fear, and you end fever. Some people, wrongly taught as to Mind-Science, ask when it will be safe to check a fever. Know that in Science you cannot check a fever after admitting it must finish its course. To fear and admit the power of disease is to paralyze mental and scientific demonstration.
If your patient believes in catching cold, you can mentally convince him or her that physical particles cannot get sick and that thought governs this liability. If grief causes suffering, convince the sufferer that affliction often causes a mental shift toward joy, found in ever present Love.
The facts of divine Science should be admitted, although their evidence is not supported by evil, by that which possesses mass, or by physical senses. The evidence that God and individuals coexist is fully sustained by spiritual sense.
We are idea, images of Love, not physiques. We are the compound idea of God, including all right ideas. Spiritual being, person, or individual, are terms for all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious identity of existence as found in Science, reflecting eternal mindfulness. We do not have our own separate minds from God. We do not have a single quality that didn’t come from divine Being. We do not possess a life, intelligence, or creative power of our own, but reflect spiritually all that belongs to our Maker.
Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind. The flesh cannot bear reliable testimony on the subject of health. The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for anything other than Mind to set forth our health status. The divine Principle of Science reverses the testimony of the physical senses and reveals our harmonious existence in Truth. The only basis for health is through the Science that denies disease, overrules false evidence, and heals the sick.
Any conclusion pro or con, deduced from mortal consciousness leads to legitimizing the testimony of physical senses and disease. But we can reverse the testimony of physical senses.
NASA changed the world view when launching into outer space. Setbacks happened, but courage set the precedence. Technology is also changing our world views. What’s happening? We are outgrowing philosophies based on what physical senses say. The physical law of gravity can’t define us. Exploration, thought expansion, bravery, invention, and open-mindedness, continues.
*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.
 Gen. 3:1 (NKJV)
 Gen. 3:15
 Heb. 11:38 (Amplified)