Summary: In this message we will look at 2 of the greatest mysteries of all time. (Judges 3)

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TEXT: JUDGES 2:1-5, 16-19, 6:8-10


It was the day before Thanksgiving, 1971, and Northwest Airlines flight 305 was flying through a cold and rainy northwestern sky, towards it’s destination in Seattle Washington. Just about the time the 727 passed over Portland, Oregon, something happened that had never happened before in This country.

A passenger, going by the name of Dan Cooper, showed a stewardess a bomb that he was carrying in a briefcase and threatened to blow up the plane unless he was given $200,000 in cash and 4 parachutes. It was America’s very first hi-jacking.

In an effort to avoid what could have been an incredible disaster, the airline company decided to meet the high jacker’s demands. When he received the money, he tucked it into a pouch, tied it around his waist, strapped a parachute to his back, and jumped out of the airplane wearing only a business suit and street shoes.

That was the last anybody ever heard or saw of DB Cooper. However, there are several theories as to what could of happened to him.

Airline officials later admitted to giving him an unreliable parachute, which means there’s a possibility that he was killed when he hit the ground, a real good possibility. Scientists have suggested that, if that’s what happened, his body would never be identified because the force of the impact would have obliterated his body and his bones.

Another theory is that he might have landed in a huge lake 30 miles North of Portland and that all the weight that he had strapped to his body carried him to the bottom where he, naturally, would have drowned.

But the most fascinating possibility is that he was successful, that his wild, hair-brained scheme actually worked and that he’ been living ever since on the money he received in luxury and comfort under a new identity.

Since that time books and songs have been written about DB Cooper, a Rock Group bares his name as does a bar in Salt Lake City. Only in America could a criminal become a folk hero.

Perhaps the reason that DB Cooper captured the imagination of so many, is that we Americans are an inquisitive bunch and we love a good mystery. We are fascinated by things that tease and tantalize our brains. It just drives us crazy when all the pieces of the puzzle just don’t fit together.

I imagine that is why certain events in our history are still talked about and theorized years after their occurrence. Events like: the disappearance of Amelia Earheart, The assassination of JFK, the Lindberg kidnapping and the death of Elvis Presley (I heard on the radio just this week that according to a poll 1 out of 6 Americans thinks he is still alive). Many of the most popular books, movies and television shows revolve around the concept of mystery. Mystery is a part of life and we encounter it in many places.

And let me say that if you are a parent, you are shrouded in mystery nearly every day. Many times parents find themselves scratching their heads trying to figure out, and make sense of the things their children do, often they are a complete mystery.

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