Five Phrases You Probably Didn’t Know Came From The Bible
Fleshpot – January 26, 2016
Exodus 16:3,The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
This week’s Inspirational Thoughts will cover 5 additional common phrases or words that most people do not realize came from the Bible. Today’s word is, “fleshpot.” The dictionary says a “fleshpot” is, “a place offering unrestrained pleasure or amusement,” but the origin of the phrase goes back to the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. In the book of Exodus, Moses is leading the children of Israel out of Egypt where they were slaves. However, soon after leaving Egypt on their way to the Promised Land, things got a little tough for the Israelites. As a result, the Israelites begin to complain and say, “…If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around flesh pots and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve…”
That term originally meant exactly what it sounds like; they sat around their pots of meat cooking, kind of like an Egyptian fondue party. There was a greater problem in Egypt that they seem to forget; they were slaves and had no freedom. Sure the meat was good, but almost nothing else was good. Sin works this way in our lives as well; we become slaves to sin, and yes, sometimes the sin is good, but almost nothing else related to it is. So, the next time you find yourself drawn back to a sin that you can’t seem to easily shake, remember that word fleshpot, and realize the tastiness of sin only comes when we sacrifice our freedom in Christ.
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, PH.D