These artichokes, served with a tasty garlic sauce, made up a special Sabbath morning breakfast for seven this past week. They were boiled long and slow in my big canner pot on Friday, the Preparation Day as we like to call it, then laid neatly in the casserole dish for simple reheating the next morning.
Although the steam is not as visible in the photo as I had hoped it would be (I am still learning!), believe me, the artichokes were hot!
When the Israelites were on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land of Milk and Honey, the Lord provided them a special Sabbath miracle every week to feed them. While normally, they were to gather manna (a miracle in itself, of course) every morning before the “sun waxed hot”; none was to be left over until the next morning, as it would be rotten by then, stinky and full of worms.
On Sabbath, there was no manna in the field to be gathered. It was a day of rest and remembrance of Creation and Redemption. However, our kind Lord did not leave them without food. He provided by giving extra manna on the sixth day.
When the people gathered it up, they found that there was twice as much manna as was needed to feed all the people for the day. Moses explained that it was just as God had said: “Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake today, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.”
Those who did not obey went out to the field on Sabbath morning and discovered that God means what He says—they found nothing. Those who obeyed had fresh, sweet manna for breakfast!
*** VBS—The Land of Milk & Honey talks of God’s law, the Ten Commandments, and of some of the Israelites’ experiences on their way to the Promised Land — including the timeless lessons of the manna. Find it here. ***