Cooking the Bible: Cooking Exodus: The Book of Journeys

Welcome to this installment of Cooking the Bible. Today is day 90 of this year which means one day per chapter of Scripture. (I had to backdate this post because of something important that came up.)

Here’s a very simplified thematic outline for the book:

  • Journey from Egypt to Sinai (1-19)
  • Covenant guidelines for the journey of life (20-24)
  • God’s presence along the journey (25-40)

Exodus follows on from the Genesis story. According to the text itself, there is a 430 year gap between Joseph and Moses. We have happily landed with this study right around Holy Week. This is a great Easter option, which can be used to present the good news of Jesus to your family.

So, from its forty chapters, I wanted to draw out a couple of stories and devise a recipe that could be used to illustrate an overall outline for this book of journeys.

This will be a fantastic family Easter meal. It is made up of multiple salads and a variety of sauces, and the lamb chops will sit as a beautiful centerpiece to the plate.

You can use this as a resource in whatever way you deem fit.

One possible approach would be as a family-oriented Bible study time. Prepare as the leader of the study time by reading the whole book of Exodus (or at the very least the abridged version linked below). Now, as you work through the study, assemble each element in turn: begin by cutting the produce for the salads, boiling the wild rice and cooking the breaded beans and onions then read the study on the ten plagues. Next, get the rack(s) of lamb cooking and read the study on the Passover lamb. Assemble the salads and place them in ten serving bowls. Read the study for the ten commandments. Prepare the dressings and read the twelve tribes study. Finally, after allowing the lamb to rest, cut it into chops and bind them into fours and place them in the center of each plate. Read the final study section and, after you pray giving thanks for the time and the food, eat it! As you enjoy the food, discuss what we can learn and put into practice in our own lives.

The Recipe

Citrus beet salad
(Representing the plagues of water to blood, thunder & fire, diseased livestock, and boils)
What you will need:

  • 2 blood oranges, chunked
  • 2/3 pound beet, peeled and cut into matchsticks,
  • 1 large bunch watercress, thick stems discarded

How you can do it:

  1. Combine prepared ingredients.
  2. Serve in six small serving bowls.

Crunchy green salad
(Representing the plagues of frogs, and locusts)
What you will need:

  • 1 lb green bean, topped and tailed
  • 1 lb onion, sliced and diced
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp fresh ground black peppercorn
  • 1 cup flour
  • Oil for frying

How you can do it:

  1. Soak green beans and onion in water overnight.
  2. Combine pepper and flour in a bowl.
  3. Drain off the water and pour the vegetables into the breading bowl.
  4. Ensure vegetables are entirely breaded.
  5. Heat oil in a fryer or a deep pan.
  6. Deep fry the vegetables until the breading is golden brown.
  7. Set aside to cool, and also blot up the excess oil.
  8. Serve in two small serving bowls.

Wild rice waldorf salad
(Representing the plagues of gnats, flies, darkness, and death of the first born)
What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple, diced
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt

How you can do it:

  1. Combine prepared ingredients.
  2. Serve in four small serving bowls.

Passover lamb
What you will need:
Small racks of lamb (4 ribs per adult and 2 per child)

How you can do it:
Cook racks for 40 minutes at 300 Fahrenheit
Sear on high heat and then grill for 20 to 30 minutes on barbecue.

Twelve tribes dressings

Red dressing
Tomato dressing (1 part vinegar, 3 parts oil, 4 parts pureed tomato)
Green dressing
Basil pesto vinaigrette (1 part vinegar, 3 parts oil, 2 parts grated cheese, 8 parts basil leaves)
Dark dressing
Balsamic blackberry and blue cheese dressing (1 part vinegar, 3 parts oil, 2 parts blue cheese, 1 part blackberry)

How you can do it:

  1. For each dressing, blend ingredients together.
  2. Decorate each plate with twelve lines of dressing (4 of each color) so that it resembles a clock face.
Source: pixabay

The Story

A journey that began 430 years earlier continued on from Egypt up to Sinai and towards the promised land. Over time, the lives of the people of the nation of Israel became very hard. They suffered, and they labored, and they worked. Pharaoh was stubborn, without pity or guilt. In order to save her son from the evil of the King of Egypt, one mother fashioned a basket to set her baby on a journey down the Nile river. Pharaoh’s daughter found him and named him Moses.

The cries of God’s people went up to Him. He honored His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He was preparing to take them on a journey with Moses leading them. The Lord called him to use the staff he held in his hand to produce God’s wonders. No matter what was sent, Pharaoh would not let the people go. The final plague would cause the cries of the Egyptians to go up. To protect His people, God through Moses told them to paint their door with the blood of a lamb, so that He knew to pass over their house and save them from death. God watched over them so that they could journey out of Egypt and go towards the promised land.

In spite of all that God had done, His people complained. They were not happy. They were not grateful. God gave them help for on the journey. It just wasn’t enough for them.

He made a way for Him to be with them. All along the journey, the Lord is tender and kind. All along the journey, the Lord is gracious and calm. All along the journey, the Lord is faithful and full of love. He is forgiving but He is just.

Click this link for the text used for this story.

Mount Sinai. Source: pixabay

The Study
Ten plagues
By Moses using the staff he had in his hand, he was able to produce miraculous signs from God. God turned all water into blood. He sent frogs and gnats. For the remaining plagues, God treated Goshen – where His people lived – differently. The Egyptians suffered through flies, diseased livestock, boils, hailstorm, locusts, darkness and the death of the firstborn.

Passover lamb
God gave instructions to the Israelites to protect themselves from the Angel of Death. This is a picture of the Christ whose blood would need to be shed because of people’s inability to be good and perfect.

Ten commandments
God gave Moses ten main guidelines to present to the nation of Israel – which were carved into stones by God’s own finger. These rules were set in place to guide His people, but God knew that we were not able to keep them all perfectly.

Twelve tribes
On Aaron’s chestcloth, there were twelve precious stones organized in a way that represented the tribes of Israel. God is faithful and He kept His promise from generation to generation, and then through each of the tribes.

The Tabernacle
In order for God to show His people a physical reminder of His continuing guidance and presence with them on the journey, He gave blueprints to the tabernacle and the various altars and accessories needed to worship Him. The sacrifices were never supposed to forgive their sins. They were an outward symbol of an inner change. Only the Christ would be able to become the necessary offering.

The Take-away
Ask yourself:
“Where is God taking me on a journey?”
“Like Moses had a staff, what do I have in my hand?”
“What gifts, passions, talents, traits, and experiences has God given me that I can be grateful for?”

Write down:
This month, we will ___ (three practical things that you and the group come up with in response).

We will be back soon with our next study in the book of Leviticus. I am looking forward to seeing your Exodus creations, just #cookingtheBible and #CookingWithMummaAlsum.

Happy Easter.

From mine to yours,
Mumma Alsum

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