Brussel Sprouts, Arthropods, and Sin – OH MY! Believe it or not, these three seemingly unrelated things have something in common. What is it, you ask? They all look wonderful but in the end taste terrible.
I can still recall the first time my parents made me eat brussel sprouts and it is not a happy memory – yuck! Even when one dresses them up and smothers them in cheese or butter and salt they still do not happily pass down my gullet. Brussel sprouts must be one of the worst tasting vegetables known to man! When I see brussel sprouts for dinner, my first reaction is to grab the phone and “order-out” (sorry to all the brussel sprout lovers I just offended)!
Arthropods, a broad category of animals that includes spiders and insects, also have a terrible taste to their predators. According to an article titled, “”Divinely Designed Defenses” in Answers, Gordon Wilson says, “God appears to have bestowed nasty tasting or poisonous chemicals on countless insects and other arthropods to protect them from hungry predators. Common examples are stinging bees and wasps.” Let us imagine then an animal that is hungry and on the hunt for some good food, it happens upon some yellow bees and decides to take a taste, the result – a mouthful of yuck and an unsavory reminder never to eat those again! Brussel sprouts and arthropods will not be a delectable desert anytime soon if I have anything to say about it!
So what does this all have to do with sin? Simple, just as those brussel sprouts all dressed up in cheese and those arthropods with the pretty colors make the tastebuds water but in the end give you a mouthful of regret, so sin can be pleasing to our eyes and desires but in the end, we get a mouthful of yuck. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the case of Eve choosing to eat the “forbidden fruit.” Genesis 3:6 says, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.” The result: an entire world full of pain and suffering and curses. Sin isn’t so great after all.
Now contrast all of this talk of sour, nasty, disgusting tastes lingering in our mouths with Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Unlike brussel sprouts, arthropods, and sin the Lord not only promises goodness, but is goodness! Only he can wash away the lingering taste of sin in your mouth through the life giving water of his Son, Jesus Christ! Have you tasted of his goodness? Are you daily tasting of his goodness or are you filling your mouth with unsavory sin?
So next time you see brussel sprouts or arthropods let them be reminders to you of the terrible taste of sin and may they create in you an appetite for the goodness of the Lord!