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.