I often buy both the Ezekiel 4:9 bread and cereal put out by Food for Life. Not because of any religious conviction (though I suspect the Biblical reference is to try and attract the “it references the Bible, so it must be good” crowd), but because it’s a healthier alternative to your standard bread and cereal.
Anyway, it suddenly hit me today that the bread in Ezekiel chapter 4 is rather infamous, and not for its ingredients:
“But as for you, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt, put them in one vessel and make them into bread for yourself; you shall eat it according to the number of the days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days.
“Your food which you eat shall be twenty shekels a day by weight; you shall eat it from time to time.
“The water you drink shall be the sixth part of a hin by measure; you shall drink it from time to time.
“You shall eat it as a barley cake, having baked it in their sight over human dung.”
Then the LORD said, “Thus will the sons of Israel eat their bread unclean among the nations where I will banish them.”
But I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I have never been defiled; for from my youth until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has any unclean meat ever entered my mouth.”
Then He said to me, “See, I will give you cow’s dung in place of human dung over which you will prepare your bread.”
Moreover, He said to me, “Son of man, behold, I am going to break the staff of bread in Jerusalem, and they will eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and drink water by measure and in horror,
because bread and water will be scarce; and they will be appalled with one another and waste away in their iniquity.
Needless to say, I hope the good folks at Food for Life aren’t following God’s original cooking suggestion.