Incomplete Obedience
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Judges, that portion of the Word of God which we are studying together. We are dealing at the present time with what we have referred to as the appendix to the book of Judges.

The appendix consists of some incidents which the Holy Spirit has selected and put together without regard to chronological order. He has put them together for the sake of emphasis that there might be emphasized to our thinking the sad conditions which existed in the days of the judges.

The appendix, as far as the book of Judges itself is concerned, begins with chapter 17 and closes with chapter 21. It falls naturally into two divisions: “The Idolatry of Dan” and “The Immorality of Benjamin.”

In our last lesson, we began a discussion of this first part of the appendix, “The Idolatry of Dan.” Because we did not have time to look at all of it at one sitting, we want to offer to you an analysis of this first section so that you can mark it in your Bibles, if you would like. As you read, you will be able to understand how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together, because there is somewhat of a puzzle involved here, as I think you will realize as we continue our study.

We have in chapter 17, verses 1-13, Micah's apostasy. We discussed that in our last lesson, calling to your mind that the description presented there of Micah's apostasy told the story of how all apostasy begins and how it ends and the three primary characteristics which are related to apostasy.

In the second portion, beginning with chapter 18, we are going to be discussing with you the subject. “Dan's Inheritance Appropriated.” Then the third section of the portion will be, “Micah's Idols Confiscated.”

Dan's Inheritance Appropriated

You may wonder what the sections, “Dan's Inheritance Appropriated” and “Micah's Idols Confiscated” had to do with the idolatry of Dan; but you will see before we are through with our discussion today why the Holy Spirit of God would include the story of Micah, at which we looked last week, with the story of Dan's restlessness and his movement throughout the land to appropriate or possess his possession.

I say it is rather a strange thing to think that at the very end of the book of Judges, we would have a lesson concerning the appropriation of the land in view of the fact that in the book of Joshua, Joshua had conquered all of the people who had lived in the land of Canaan and was resting on the promise of the Word of God “that every place that the sole of your foot shall trod upon will be yours.” In the first part of the book of Judges the tribes selected to finish the mopping-up operations, so to speak, related to fully occupying the land.

Why here, at the end of the book of Judges, would we have brought to our attention the story of a tribe who had never occupied the land? I think the reason is that Dan provides a perfect illustration of incomplete obedience. You may wonder why Dan, out of all the twelve tribes, was selected; and I think we will be able to answer that by suggesting that we follow through in our discussion with a brief survey of the history of Dan.

Dan's Humble Birth

The very first thing we would like to call to your attention is his humble birth. Turn back to the book of Genesis, and notice in chapter 30, verses 4-6, the story of his birth:

Genesis 30

4And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.

“She,” refers to Rachel, who had not been able to have any children. Bilhah was her handmaid. In the union of Jacob and Bilhah, according to verse 5:

Genesis 30

5And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.
6[And at the birth of that son, Rachel said:] And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.

So the first thing that we need to know about Dan is that he was the son of a handmaid, the son of a concubine, not the son of a wife, and thus would naturally occupy an inferior position. That ties in with the fact that in every list in the Bible in which you find the tribe of Dan mentioned, you find the tribe of Dan mentioned last. It is as though he was destined to have a sad experience.

There is something else that I would like to emphasize and that is that Dan was born in the arena of deceit. The reason that I am saying that to you will be evident a little bit later. Rachel called Dan her son, and actually he wasn't. He was the son of Bilhah. I know that according to the ordinary practices of the times, this was a customary thing, but it still was a matter of deceit; and though it was not frowned upon by God in the sense that he visited judgment in the form of death upon the people, it was certainly not condoned by God. Dan, we might say then, started out under a cloud.

Prophecies Related to Dan

Another thing will bring this fact to our attention if we notice the prophecies related to Dan. When I speak of the prophecies related to Dan, I speak of the prophecies which were pronounced first by Jacob, the father of Dan. You will recall in our study of the book of Genesis that when the patriarchs lay on their deathbeds, their children were brought before them. Sometimes they laid hands upon them; sometimes they did not, but they always pronounced prophecies concerning what their life was going to be like.

If I were lying on my deathbed, the best I could do would be to give a message to my children and ask them to live in the light of what they had been taught, but the patriarchs had a gift of prophecy that ordinary men do not have, and what they said represented what God knew would be true in relation to the people at hand.

Turn, please, to Genesis, chapter 49, and notice what Jacob had to say about Dan. All of the sons of Dan are mentioned. Here we read in verse 16:

Genesis 49

16Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.

He was one of the tribes of Israel, and there was a judge from the tribe of Dan who ruled the nation of Israel. We learned about him only recently. His name was Samson. So here is a prophecy made by Jacob long before Samson was born, which we saw fulfilled in the life of Samson. But he said something else in verses 17 and 18:

Genesis 49

17Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
18I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

It was as though when Jacob realized what was happening in relation to Dan–that he was to be a serpent, an adder, to bite the horse's heel, that his history would be so terrible–that he could cry out in the spirit of prophecy, “I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.” “I have waited for thy deliverance, O Lord.” Dan's history was to be such that when God delivered from the dominion of Dan all who had fallen prey to him, it would be, indeed, some reason to praise the Lord.

There was another individual who made a prophecy about Dan and that was Moses. Turn with me, please, to the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 33, verse 22. Here again we have Moses preparing to leave the earth, and he was prophesying what was going to happen to the twelve tribes. They were tribes now. When Jacob made his prophecy, he was speaking of individuals, but those individuals had descendants, and tribes had been formed. Prophecy was given concerning the tribes. So in verse 22, we read:

Deuteronomy 33

22And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.

If we take these two prophecies and put them together, we notice that when Jacob spoke of Dan, he used two terms–the serpent and the adder–which describe the characteristic for which the tribe of Dan became well known, deceitfulness. Just as a serpent or an adder stings or bites deceitfully, without any warning, and accomplishes his purpose as the sly serpent, so did Dan, as you are going to see, accomplish his purpose.

The prophecy which Moses pronounced upon the tribe of Dan, the fact that he would be a lion's whelp, leaping from Bashan, leaping on the object, his prey, indicates the fierceness of the tribe of Dan.

Dan, then, who was selected by the Spirit of God in the appendix of the book of Judges to illustrate the truth that He would have us know concerning the exceeding sinfulness of the hearts of men, was a tribe which was deceitful, a tribe which was fierce in all of its aspects, not thinking about the welfare of others, but thinking about its own welfare and its own interest.

Resistance In Canaan

This is seen more clearly perhaps in relation to Dan possessing his possessions than in almost any other way. You will call to mind what I said to you a little earlier, that Joshua had conquered all the land of Canaan. But there were pockets of resistance which the individual tribes were to eliminate. It is just as though today we have the victory through the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ; the prince of this world has been judged; victory is ours. “Thanks be unto God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” says the Word of God. Yet you and I know in our Christian experience that we are called upon to do constant battle with the pockets of resistance that remain, because Satan is not going to give us any rest as long as he is about. And he is about. “He goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” That is why in Ephesians, chapter 6, we are told that we should “put on the whole armor of God, that we might be able to withstand the wiles of the Devil.”

In chapter 1 of the book of Judges, you will recall that the people gathered together and asked the Lord to indicate what tribe should lead the battle against these pockets of resistance to which we have referred, and the indication was that Judah should lead the tribes against the enemies that were still in the land. We find that the various tribes other than Dan were willing to go to battle when their turn came, and possess their possession. And when I say, “other than Dan,” I say that instead of Dan going to battle in the manner that we have suggested, Dan was circumscribed in the lot that had been given him. You will remember that after Joshua had conquered the land, the land was divided by lot among the various tribes; and each tribe with the help of others was to eliminate the pockets of resistance. If you will look at Judges, chapter 1, verse 34, you will see how circumscribed Dan was:

Judges 1

34And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:
35But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries.
36And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.

Notice particularly verse 34: “The Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountains.” Now, the land in which Dan settled was a very fertile land; the land that fell to their lot was a very fertile land. It had mountains, and it had seashores. If you have mountains and seashore, you have just about everything there is to have, with fertile valleys in between. But instead of being able to enjoy their inheritance fully, they were forced by the Amorites to go into the mountains; and for many, many years they remained there.

Taking the Easy Way

You will recall in our study of the book of Judges that Barak fought against Sisera under the leadership of Deborah; and when the battle was over, Deborah was very pointed in her criticism of the various tribes that did not bear their share of the battle. She had something very definite to say about them. If you will notice in chapter 5 of the book of Judges, verse 17, she said:

Judges 5

17Gilead abode beyond Jordan [instead of Gilead sending some of the men of the tribe to help in the battle, they stayed across Jordan where everything was very peaceful, and then she said] : and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.

But what is it we read about Dan here? Why did Dan remain in ships while the battle was being fought, a battle so great that the Scriptures say, “The stars in their courses fought against Sisera.” God had to call upon nature for soldiers, because people like Dan remained in the ships off shore from the heat of the battle, not taking the proper place.

In chapter 18 of the book of Judges, I would like for you to notice how Dan being circumscribed in the lot that had been assigned to them, Dan staying in the ships in the heat of the battle, reaches its climax, all of their activity being summarized in the statement, “They took the easy way.” This became the characteristic of Dan–to take the easy way out of everything, never staying in the thick of the battle, but taking the easiest way out.

I would like for you to notice in chapter 18 several verses that will indicate what we are talking about. You'll notice in verse 1:

Judges 18

1In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.

You see, here it is, late in the day, clear to the end of the book of Judges, and the Danites had not occupied all the land that God had given them. So what were they doing? They were seeking some place to live. They didn't need any place to live. They had, as I have already suggested to you, one of the most fertile places to live of all the people in Israel; but the Amorites were there, and it was easier for them to stay in the mountains than it was to fight the Amorites. So stay in the mountains they did, but they began to feel a little bit crowded, so they decided they needed more land. Instead of fighting against the Amorites, in verse 2:

Judges 18

2And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land:…

They didn't need to search the land where they were. They knew all about it. “Go find us a place to live where we won't have such a hard time.” Well, in the journey that these five men took, they met Micah and his priest, whom we studied about in our last lesson; and after spending the night with them and asking the priest for some indication of God's blessing, they left. It might be interesting to notice verse 6:

Judges 18

6And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the LORD is your way wherein ye go.

That is just about as innocuous a blessing that anybody could possibly have. They said, “Micah, you are a man of God.” He was, but he was a man out of the will of God. “Tell us whether God is going to bless us.” Well, he gave them an answer that they could have read anything in the world into. He said, “Go in peace.” That was an ordinary blessing like, “The Lord bless you.” Many of us say, “The Lord bless you.” We don't have any authority to say it, and the Lord is not likely to do it. Then he said, “Before the Lord is the way wherein you go.” Stop and think about that. “Before the Lord is the way wherein you go.” The Lord knows where you are going. Of course, He does. There is no special blessing about that. But these men, you see, were so far out of fellowship, and they were seeking such an easy task, that they went on their way thinking they had the blessing of the Lord.

The Destruction of Laish

So in verse 7, we read:

Judges 18

7Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt careless, [that is, without guards] after the manner of the Zidonians,…

Tyre and Zidon were two powerful cities of the day, and nobody would have thought of attacking the city of Zidon or the city of Tyre. The people of Laish were colonists from the city of Zidon, and so they didn't have any guards about. There was no protection of any kind. We read again in verse 7:

Judges 18

7…and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing; [that is, no magistrate that could put the Danites to shame] and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any man.

That is, they lived a long way from Zidon, and they didn't have a treaty with anybody around them, so for all practical purposes, they were helpless, and these five men noticed that. In verses 8-10:

Judges 18

8And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, What say ye?
9And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land.
10When ye go, ye shall come unto a people secure, and to a large land: for God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth.

“We've found a real good place to go, and, best of all, it is going to be easy. There won't be any problem at all for us to take the city of Laish.” So, as you have probably read the chapter, 600 men out of the tribe of Dan went up and took the city of Laish, and changed the name to Dan. Whatever was done at the city of Laish in order to take it, by the way of destruction, was removed and a city was built upon the so-called ruins, and the city was called the “City of Dan.” You see how deceitful they were. You see how fierce and unmerciful they were. Then left not anything at all of the people of Laish.

Embracing Idolatry

When they had defeated the city, they said, “You know we need a religion. Jerusalem, Shiloh are too far away. We want the easy way. We don't want to have to go up there three times a year. Why don't we just have a religion of our own right here at home?” Someone said, “Well, that takes a lot of doing.” These five men said, “It doesn't really. We found a man who is a priest, a son of Levi. We found the shrine; it has four gods in it, and the fellow who owns it has only his boys to help him. We can go take the whole business.” And so they went down, and the story is here in chapter 18.

They took the shrine of Micah and the priest of Micah and all the gods of Micah. Micah came running out, and said, “What are you doing?” They said, “You had better shut up or you'll get hurt. We're more than you are.” Micah went back home, and I think there is a disappointing statement that Micah made, which shows how sad it is for men to have nothing except the work of their own hands upon which to depend. Will you look at verse 24:

Judges 18

24And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and ye are gone away: and what have I more? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee?

You know, Beloved, there is a principle here. There will come a time when the gods which we make with our own hands will be taken away. There will come a time when that upon which we depend which does not have its roots in the Word of God, will be removed and we will find ourselves saying like Dan, “What have I more? What have I left?”

The Danger of Depending Upon Experience

We don't have anything left. You see, that's the reason that I am so vitally concerned about some very dear people who are mixed up in some of the modern, fundamental religious movements of the day. They are particularly marked by emotionalism and by experiences of gifts, such as the gifts of tongues. I'm concerned.

I rejoice with every spiritual experience that anybody has. Somebody mentioned to me just a few days ago an experience they had when they said they spoke in tongues, and they said, “Do you believe I did?” I said, “I don't ever argue with experience. What would be the point in my arguing with your experience? You said you spoke in tongues.”

I rejoice with any experience anybody has if that experience brings them closer to God, but the thing that concerns me about the person to whom I spoke and others like that is–mark what I tell you, this is what will happen–the experiences that have their roots in emotion, blessings that have their roots in experience and not in the Word of God eventually will fail, and there will be nothing left. I have met such people, and there is nothing so pathetic as the man who says, “You have taken away the gods which I have made, and what have I left?”

Beloved, I have had some very gracious experiences with the Lord. I have told you, and I'll not repeat it again, the experience of my salvation. It was an experience. It was not an intellectual assent. It was an experience. The warmth of that experience still flows through my soul, but I'm not depending on that experience. I am depending upon the Word of God for my assurance of eternal life. I have had several more experiences. I had an experience when I came to the place where I realized that I had to say a final “no” to self, and an eternal “yes” to God. That experience is as definite as the experience of my salvation. It was not a second blessing; it was another experience. I'm not depending on that experience; I'm depending upon the Word of God.

Individuals–mark what I tell you–who are depending on their experiences will some day find their gods taken away from them, and then they will say, “What have I more?” Nothing is left, nothing real. Experiences have a way of changing, and the Devil has a way of robbing of assurance. The only sure thing there is in this world today is the Word of the living God. The Devil can cause you to doubt your experience. He can cause you to question it, but you don't ever need to question the Word.

The Progress of Idolatry

Dan's idolatry began when Dan confiscated Micah's idols. I want you to notice the progess of idolatry, for the idolater never remains at a standstill. I think the reason–this is not repetitious, but amplification–that Dan was chosen to be used in this appendix of the book of Judges is because there is a better illustration in the life of the tribe of Dan concerning the progress of idolatry perhaps more than any other of the tribes.

The chapter closes with the fact that Jonathan, Micah's priest and his children, his sons, became the priests, serving in the land of Dan. And so they lived for generations.

Down in the first book of Kings, chapter 12, verses 28 and 29, you have the story of Jeroboam, who made a golden calf, two of them in fact, somewhat similar to the golden calf that Aaron made when Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the law. When Jeroboam was thinking about where to put the golden calves, he said “Well, we will put one at Jerusalem; that's the natural place. It is the center of worship. Where will we put the other?” “Why, Dan, of course, because Dan is the center of idolatry.” So the tribe of Dan progressed from a private little shrine to a national shrine that divided the nation of Israel with a golden calf as the center of attention.

If you recall, in the book of Romans, chapter 1, there is a discussion of how idolatry progresses. In Romans, chapter 1, when it is recorded man did not want to retain God in his knowledge, God gave him over to his own ideas and to his own desires, and he made idols. When he first made those idols, he made them to look like men. Not too bad. Bad enough to have an idol, but if you are going to have one, have one that looks pretty decent. That wasn't enough. Pretty soon they were making their idols to look like big birds. Before long they were making idols to look like four-footed beasts. Before it was over, they were making their idols to look like creeping things. They were as low as they could get. This is always true of men who depart from the Lord, men who depart from that which God would have them know, that which God would have them do.

Remaining In Idolatry

We are continuing our discussion of the progress of idolatry, and we suggest to you that, first, there was the confiscation of Micah's idols, then the establishment of the shrine of the golden calf. Summing it all up in the second book of Kings, chapter 10, a great revival broke out in Israel. All the tribes repented, went back to God, except the tribe of Dan. The tribe of Dan stayed wedded to their idols, refusing to have anything to do with the true God. They were that blind.

The shocking thing is that most Bible scholars believe that the Antichrist is going to come from the tribe of Dan. There are several reasons for that. One of them we will touch on in a moment. This is the consensus of opinion of Bible scholars, that the Antichrist will come from the tribe of Dan. If the Antichrist or the false prophet does come from the tribe of Dan, you can see why Israel, in the midst of all that great tribulation that is going to come upon the earth, would cry out for deliverance and borrow the words of Jacob, “I will wait for Thy salvation; I will wait for Thy deliverance, O Lord.”

Are you beginning to see why in this appendix Dan was chosen as an illustration of the lengths or the depths to which men may slip when they reject God, when men go off into apostasy and how little hope there is for recovery? I have very dear friends scattered in some of the major denominations of our land. Those denominations, if you can believe the pronouncements that come from headquarters, are apostate. They have to be. Keep in mind, I am not speaking about individuals. I said I have some very dear friends in these various groups, and they love God. They are genuinely born again. They know the Word, and they are looking for the coming of Christ, but they are staying in these apostate groups, saying, “I believe if enough of us stay in, we will be able to bring our beloved church back.” And they will say, “It is not we who have departed; it is the church,” and they are right. They are still abiding by the statements of faith of the founding fathers of the particular group. It is the group as a whole that has become apostate. They say, “Oh, it will come back.” It is a matter of history–notice what I said; it is a matter of history–that no group or individual which has become apostate has ever come back. They never come back.

Let's disregard history for a moment, and let me suggest to you that it is borne out in a careful study of the Word of God that apostasy never becomes less. It always becomes worse, and God is left with no alternative but to visit the penalty that rests upon all men or groups who are apostate. Read Hebrews chapters 6 and 10, when you have time, with the word “apostasy” in mind, not with the word “backsliding,” not with the phrase, “falling from grace,” but with the word “apostate.” We're not talking about saved men who lose their salvation. We are talking about men who have had the truth but rejected it, and in so doing have become apostate, and the sad penalty is described in both of those chapters.

The Penalty for Apostasy

For the purpose of our discussion in relation to the tribe of Dan, by way of illustration, I would like to suggest the penalty that was designated for the tribe of Dan was, “they would be forgotten.” In the book of I Chronicles, chapters 2-10, which give the official geneology of all the tribes of Israel, the tribe of Dan is not mentioned. It is as though God would blot them out of His memory, because they apostasized from the faith.

Another significant thing to my mind, and it will only be clear to those of you who are familiar with the Prophetic Word, the privilege of service is taken away. You remember the Lord Jesus Christ said, in the book of Revelation, to the seven churches in Asia Minor, “If you don't repent, I'm going to come and take your lampstand out of its place. I'm going to take the light away. I'm going to take the privilege of service away.” Since we are talking about the tribe of Dan, here is a very good illustration. In chapter 7 in the book of Revelation, there is listed 144,000 Jews who will be used as national or world evangelists during the Tribulation to bring many, many people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In three and one half years these 144,000 evangelists will win more people to Christ than any evangelist in all the years or all of the evangelists put together in all the years that the grace of God has been manifested. You will recall in Revelation, chapter 14, the result of their ministry is a great crowd no man could number, some from every tribe and nation, kindred, tongue, in the world. Not the result of missionaries today, but the result of these l44,000. There will be 12,000 from the twelve tribes, with the exception of Dan. Benjamin was given the place that Dan had.

Do you see why the Word of God says that we need to be careful how we live, lest someone else receive our crown? We need to be very careful how we live lest someone else take our place of service that God has cut out for us and gives it to somebody else. The penalty for Dan's invasion of Micah's shrine is finally seen in all of its awfulness when God uses some from every tribe in Israel to be His witnesses to the world, which was the primary, original purpose of the nation of Israel, and the tribe of Dan is left out.

An Illustration of God's Grace

If I stopped our discussion there, it would be stopped on a sad note, and I never like to stop a discussion on a sad note. Though I haven't been wrong in what I have said to you, I never cease to marvel at God's grace. Though He must visit sin with punishment, though He must execute the penalty, in wrath He remembers mercy. He always saves Himself a remnant. Even though Dan was not included in the official geneology in the book of Chronicles, even though Dan was not given a place of privilege in relation to the great revival during the Great Tribulation, God did not forget His mercy. He preserved a remnant. For in the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ, Dan is remembered. And to me this is one of the most interesting illustrations of the grace of God that we have anywhere in the Word of God.

Notice the illustration of God's grace in Ezekiel, chapter 48. In this portion of the book of Ezekiel, you have presented to you the land of Israel as it will be in the millennial reign of Christ. The land will be divided among the twelve tribes, much the same way as it was before except in larger and more glorious proportions. Will you notice in verse 1 of chapter 48:

Ezekiel 48

1Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth to Hamath, Hazarenan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west; a portion for Dan.

Notice the words “a portion for Dan.” There is God's grace, Beloved–a portion for Dan. When you read, concerning the city, the millennial Jerusalem, not the New Jerusalem, but the millennial Jerusalem, which will be presented in all of its majestic glory, not the Jerusalem that we know today, you read, “and there will be a gate for Dan”–God's grace again.

I'm so glad that, even though Dan began in such a sad way and his apostasy reached the dreadful end to which we have referred, in the tribe of Dan there will be those who will not go the way of the tribe, but who will remember the Lord; and in His mercy and in His grace, He will provide for them a portion.

Conclusion

I'm so glad that though the human race has been marked and marred by sin, and the depths and the degradation of sin are almost unbelievable, God's grace is greater than our sin. We have a good illustration here in our own city of how sin grappling with human nature could cause it to slip to the low, low depths that it did, to mutilate and molest and murder a precious little girl. How sin could cause a man to do that is almost beyond our comprehension, but Beloved, that is an illustration of the depths of sin.

I am glad that God's grace is greater than our sin. I'm glad there is a portion for people like Dan, and most of all, I'm glad there is a portion for people like me. I don't know what Joe Temple would do without God's grace. I'm glad that I have been included in it.


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