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Monthly Bible Question | January

What’s wrong with loving raisin cakes?

Dried Fruit - Shaun Dunphy, Wikimedia Commons

“…as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” - Hosea 3:1

In this verse, God accuses the Israelites of turning to other gods and loving ‘sacred raisin cakes’ rather than loving Him. So does that mean we should avoid eating baked goods with raisins in them?

In Hosea’s time, and even today, dried fruits such as raisins were dried and pressed together into blocks or cakes for easier preservation, storage and transportation. Prized for their concentrated sweetness and nutrients, dried fruits were delicious treats. The ‘sacred’ cakes of raisins were probably offered at the altars of gods, and eaten during temple feasts. Certainly, we should not participate in the worship of other gods, and should avoid anything that draws us away from God, but non-‘sacred’ raisin bread for breakfast is ok!

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