I had heated pastizzis up before but thought I’d better check the directions.
Reference: v.33-34 “If anyone uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it, the one who opened the pit must pay the owner for the loss and take the dead animal in exchange. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I recently bought a packet of pastizzis, as they are one of my husband’s favourite foods. These pastry treats come in a frozen packet from the supermarket, but cook beautifully when placed in a hot oven. I had heated pastizzis up before, but thought I’d better check the directions. The packet gave clear instructions on how high to preheat the oven and how long to cook the pastizzis for, but I was intrigued at this direction listed at the bottom of the heating instructions: CAUTION may be very hot once removed from oven. Really? Really? Who would have thought that after placing something in an oven that’s 200 degrees Celsius that it would be hot once removed!! Thanks instructions!
Application: While I didn’t think it should be necessary to place such a caution on a packet of pastizzis, clearly there was an incident that led the company to write this warning. Some people need a few more instructions than others. I often find this when I read through the many laws of the Old Testament. Some of them seem so obvious, but clearly it was important to have them in writing. While some of these laws may not be relevant to us today (I’m pretty sure last I checked I didn’t own a bull) it’s important to see that God is a god of order and justice.
Prayer: Lord, help me as I live to create order and justice in our world today. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.