Friday, May 22, 2020
The Perfect Bread
If you bring a grain offering baked in an oven, it is to consist of the finest flour; either thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in or thin loaves without yeast brushed with olive oil.
Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."
For years now, my husband, Danny has been on the quest for the perfect homemade bread. A basic white bread with just the right amounts of softness and fluffiness on the inside, and the firmness of golden crust on the outside.
We both experiment with different recipes, but the manifestation of a flawless bread eludes us.
Until . . .
Danny makes pizza dough the other day. It's not that he hasn't made it before, but he recently discovers through his internet research that rising yeast should never come directly in contact with salt. Does this make the difference in how the dough rises? I believe this photo speaks for itself!
We can't believe our eyes! Right then and there, Danny decides to use half of the dough for the pizza crust, and the other half as a bread baking experiment. I'm all for it!
Can you see the delightful air bubbles in this pizza crust?
This truly bolsters our expectations for the bread. And we are not disappointed.
Here's another photo of the finished loaf, all round, puffy, fluffy and proud.
So, it's no surprise to read in the Old Testament, that the grain offerings presented to God in the temple contain no yeast; flat, simple, not showy, so as not to distract the worshiper from the One to whom the sacrifice is offered.
When Jesus admonishes His followers to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, it isn't difficult to see why. As yeast infiltrates dough and inflates it, so the Pharisees and teachers of the Law are filled with pride, self-importance, and superiority. In their world, there isn't room for humility.
There isn't room for God . . .
As we enjoy and nourished by our beautifully risen and delectable bread, Danny and I can't help but be thankful to the Lord, the Bread of Life, Christ Jesus. His love and grace never fail to nourish our souls.
He is our Perfect Bread!
at May 22, 2020
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