In Greek mythology, there appears a character named king Tantalus. The king had
drawn the wrath of the Greek gods. He was punished in the afterlife by being
chained in a lake. The lake waters reached to his chin but receded whenever he
tried to bend down to satisfy his thirst. If that wasn’t bad enough, over his
head were branches filled with fruit, but they immediately moved up beyond his
reach whenever he tried to get to it. King Tantalus has been immortalized in
the English word “tantalize.” Sin tantalizes. It promises to satisfy,
but never does. Satisfaction remains just out of reach.

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible
College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.

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About The Author

A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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