Courtesy my bud Chris Conner, I am made aware of the company Food for Life Baking Co., Inc.
They name their products after Biblical verses, and I believe I’ve seen their Ezekiel 4:9 bread at the grocery stores.
So what’s wrong with this? Oh, nothing. Free enterprise and all that. But it does make for a gloriously funny example of what happens when you quote-mine the Bible. Ezekiel 4:9 itself is fairly benign, and sounds exactly like the sort of thing organic foodies would love.
Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself…
Now that’s not all of 4:9, of course, but it’s all Food for Life sees fit to quote. But the amusing part happens if you read on in Ezekiel 4. It gets, er, a little weird. And gross. Have a look at Ezekiel 4:9-17. As they say, context is everything.
Now, there are hints that Food for Life may very well have baked their bread according to God’s command. After all, they take care to mention how it was baked “from freshly sprouted organically grown grains” (emphasis added)…and they recommend you “try it served warm to release its exceptionally rich nutty flavor.“
Yeah, that’s enough for one day.