Weighed Down

The year was 1898, and it was the wrestling match to settle the score of who was going to be the champion of the world.  In Europe, weighing in at 350 pounds was the formidable Youssuf “The Terrible Turk” Ishmaelo (who wrestled under the name Youuf Ismail “The Terrible Turk”).  In his four years in Europe this man was impossible to beat and was undisputed champion there.

On the America side was a man named Ed “The Strangler” Lewis.  He weighed in at around 200 pounds, but even though smaller, he was wrestling champion of America, defeating other wrestlers much larger than himself.  The stranglers secret was a very simple hold where he would get behind his opponent. put his arm around their neck to cut off their air supply.  When the opponent would pass out, the Strangler” would pin them and he would win the match.

When The Terrible Turk arrived by ship to meet The Strangler Lewis, Lewis had a major problem as Yusuf did not have a neck.  You see Yusuf’s head went right to his massive shoulders, with very little of a neck  In the match The Strangler could not make his famous hold to work, and The Terrible Turk flipped Lewis onto the mat pinning him.

After winning The Terrible Turk demanded his winnings of $5,000 be paid in gold coins. Using his championship belt around his waist, he stuffed the gold coins in the belt and took the next ship, which was the SS La Bourgogne heading back to Europe.  When the ship ran into trouble on the voyage people were being evacuated in lifeboats.  In the process Yusuf fell overboard, and with the weight of the gold around his waist he sunk like an anvil.

The passage we’ll be looking at tomorrow is found in Luke 12:13-21.  Two brothers were quarrelling about an inheritance and asked Jesus to intercede on the matter.  Jesus was not impressed saying, “Man, who appointed me as judge or an arbiter between you?”  Then He said to them, “Watch out! Be on guard against all kinds of greed, a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”. Luke 12:14-15.

Mahatma Gandhi once quoted “There is sufficiency in this world for man’s need but not for man’s greed”


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