My first encounter with the mention of Turkish Delight was as a child the first time reading C. S. Lewis’s cornerstone story in the Narnia series - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Children from England are transported to the land of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe, and what they find is a cold land where it is always winter and never Christmas. But it was not always so. The land is under a curse from a “White Witch.” One of the children, Edmund, is the first to encounter this witch…an episode eerily reminiscent of Eve’s conversation with the serpent about some fruit on a certain tree. In Lewis’s story, Edmund has both a fear and a fascination with this White Witch. And she attempts to win his affections by offering him some Turkish Delight…an appeal to the lust of his flesh. So Edmund gobbles it up. Its taste is delightful, but no matter how much of it he eats, he always craves more. Tasty…but never satisfying.
The Bible has many ways of expressing the pattern of "tasty but never satisfying" in our pursuits...Read More