In our freezer there is a bag of bread. It was left there by the in-laws recently. We had tried this bread a few years ago, and I found it… not pleasing to my palate. It would be Ezekiel Bread. You can buy Ezekiel bread (or other products made from the recipe), or make your own from recipes found on-line.
One person writes this: “This is the bread that Ezekiel lived off of while he was in the desert for two years. It is supposed to be nutritionally complete. The recipe calls for grinding your own flour from a variety of grains and dried beans.”
The original ‘recipe’ is found in the 4th chapter of Ezekiel in the Old Testament. People describe this as a very healthy part of the “Maker’s Diet” meant to be a great big blessing for you.
I have a question: have these people ever read Ezekiel 4? This is another example of well-meaning people completely missing the boat.
In Ezekiel 4 he receives instructions for a series of symbolic acts to represent the hardships the people remaining in Jerusalem will undergo. Ezekiel is a priest who was among the early exiles before Jerusalem was utterly demolished in 586 BC. First he is told to lie on his left side for 390 days to bear the sin of the house of Israel. Then he will lie on his right side for 40 days to bear the sin of the house of Judah (verse 4-5). He will be tied up so he cannot turn from one side to the other until the seige is over (430 days). So, this is NOT a good thing.
In verse 9 he is given a recipe for bread to eat during this symbolic act. He is supposed to cook this bread over burning crap, to defile it. Ezekiel asks God to reconsider, so he is able to cook his over cow manure. This too is to represent the hardship of the people under seige in Jerusalem. They are rationing the food, and this is not to be seen as gourmet, top of the line stuff. And don’t forget the lack of firewood necessitating the burning of your own excrement.
So, taken in its proper context in redemptive history- this recipe is not to be seen as a sign of blessing, but of a curse. It means you have fallen to a very low estate as a result of your disobedience. And, you REALLY don’t want to have to eat this if you can avoid it. If you’ve tasted it, you’ll understand what I mean. But there are groups of people who think this is supposed to be great for you, precisely because they don’t seem to be able to read their Bibles in context. Many of us pastors have failed. I am sorry.