Dan - Judge

Q. What was symbolized by the Tribe of Dan?


Dan was the fifth son of Jacob and the seventh point of the ancient English lectures. It was foretold that this tribe should be bold, courageous, daring, and cunning; the history of Israel fully sustains this prophecy.

The blue banner of Dan, charged with an eagle, is borne by the Grand Master of the First Veil in the Royal Arch Chapter, emblematic of the true character of the Royal Arch Masons. Advancing to the altar was symbolized by the Tribe of Dan, which teaches us by contrast that we should advance toward truth and holiness as rapidly as that tribe advanced toward idolatry, among whom the golden serpent was first set up to receive adoration. ( Genesis 49:16-18 )

Biblical Reference

Genesis 49:16-18

16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 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. 18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

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