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Topic: Curiosity Killed the Cat (10/10/13)
- TITLE: People Are Inquisitive
By Janet Kelly
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For a little over a year now NASA has had a 1-ton Robot on Mars. The robot's name is Curiosity. Its' purpose is to search and gather enough evidence for mission scientists to study and determine if the planet could support microbial life and to study the environmental conditions of Mars. Curiosity must explore every crack and crevice on the planet.
We, as human beings, are curious by nature too. We like to know about many things and explore how things work. There are many instances in the Bible where we find people being curious about something.
In Genesis 19 we find Lot and his family fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah before its destruction. In verse 17 Lot's family was told “.....Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.” But in verse 26 of the same chapter we find that curiosity got the best of Lot's wife. “But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” She paid a great price for her curiosity.
In the book of 1 Samuel we see a group of people who were deadly curious about the sacred Ark of the Covenant. Verse 19 says, “Then He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people...”
The book of Jonah tells the story of how Jonah, the prophet,was instructed by the Lord to go to the people of Nineveh and preach impending judgment for their wickedness unless they repented. Much to Jonah's surprise the people repented, leaving one unhappy prophet. In his anger he left and built himself a shelter overlooking the city. (Jonah 4:5) “So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of that city.” He was curious as to what God was going to do to this wicked city. Jonah was hoping to see a spectacle of judgment. He was not happy with the outcome!
There is also a story in the Bible about a man who was badly beaten and left for dead on the side of the road. Several people passed by him. One man even went so far as to go look at him to see what was really wrong, but he went away without offering any help. (Luke 10:32) “Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked and passed by on the other side.”
During all of Jesus' ministry many of the people who followed Him were curiosity seekers. They followed Jesus to see what miracles he would perform. Matthew 4:23-25 says “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria.....great multitudes followed Him from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and beyond the Jordan.”
However, not all curiosity is bad . In John chapter 4 we find the woman at the well coming to draw water. Jesus tells her “But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become to him a fountain of water, springing up into everlasting life.” He definitely aroused her curiosity. Jesus gave her an answer she was not expecting.
Shouldn't we be curious about the things of the Lord? What would happen if we were as interested in what God's Word has to say as we are about the movie reviews or what the government is going to do next? What if we let God's Word be a “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalms 119:105). Shouldn't our curiosity be to hunger and thirst after righteousness? May our curiosity not be the kind that kills, but the kind that springs up into everlasting life!
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