Monday, January 26, 2009

Sodom and Gomorrah - You Are What You Eat

Genesis 19:3 Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

Parmesan Chicken Fingers with Lemon
Ready to Eat: 30 m
Serves: 4
Ingredients
4 each Chicken breasts; skinned an
2 each Eggs; lightly beaten
1 1/2 c Bread crumbs; dry
2/3 each Parmesan; grated
1/2 c Butter
1 Lemon wedges (optional)
Instructions
Cut chicken breasts into desired size strips. Dip each strip into beaten eggs, then into mixture of bread crumbs. In large skillet, melt half of butter and cook chicken in single layer till crisp, about 3 minutes each side. Drain on paper towels and serve with lemon wedges.

This beautiful recipe takes 30 minutes from start to finish. Sounds pretty good if you ask me. There is something that really stuck out to me in this verse - and two things about it that I will touch on. Why mention the unleavened bread?

Lot invited the angels in for a feast - okay, their guests - he's hospitable - we should always be kind to angels. . . :) I get that, self explanatory. Then Lot prepared a feast - while it doesn't mention exactly what Lot cooked - the scriptures are specific that he did make unleavened bread. Why is it so important to mention that? Two reasons - here we go. . .

As I have proven with the above recipe, you can make a pretty good lookin' feast in a fairly short amount of time. But bread, that's another story. To bake bread, let it rise, and all that goodness is nothing short of three hours. Unleavened bread though - 20 minutes. The Bible mentions elsewhere about the Israelites rushing and making unleavened bread due to lack of time. I think it's important to notice that when they sat down to eat - they had only been in the house for a short amount of time - we'll talk about that when we get to our next verse.

Ever throw a red sock in with a white load of laundry? Ever watch a movie where someone did? What happens to the red sock? Nothing. What happens to the white clothes? They all turn pink. Same thing happens with bread when you add yeast. Once yeast is added to the mix, the bread begins to take on a form of its own. The yeast takes hold of the dough and spreads throughout to cause the entire loaf to act in like manner. If yeast represents sin - then the lack of the use of it in the house of Lot shows us that we can choose to not let sin enter in. There are many verses that talk about the use of yeast and bacteria - but the bottom line is that it controls the outcome of the bread.

If we choose to let sin enter in - we are letting Satan decide what our outcome will be. I'm glad I made the decision to let Jesus enter in instead.

5 wonderful insights:

Kay Martin said...

Ummmm on the receipe. Yeast compared to sin is so true. Pride is the sin that seems to cause all of us the most "rising" and elevation and the most harm.

I love your closing: "I we choose to let sin enter in..." I think we forget we stand in position in Christ to decide to shut all portals to sin.

Greg C said...

I get the analogy of the yeast compared to sin but I have to wonder if there is something to the bacteria thing you mentioned. I did notice lots of references to unleavened bread in the Bible. I also notice that when I made bread the other day it made me sick. I have been doing lots of cleansing lately in more ways than one and maybe I shouldn't eat yeast breads.

Chatty Kelly said...

I just wrote a devotional about the red sock in with the whites!!! Great minds think alike.

I like how you brought in the yeast too.

Now to make some chicken!

Mariel said...

great post...love the 'red sock analogy' what mom can't relate?!

I am going to try that chicken recipe...always on the hunt for new yummy recipes! :)

Todd G said...

Ahh dinner and Bible study, good combination! I like what you pulled out of that verse, it makes sense. I've heard and fully believe that God doesn't waste words in the Bible, if something is mentioned (like Lot's unleavened bread) there's a reason. Good stuff, keep it up!