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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Baskets in the Bible

Baskets were important in Bible times, important enough that they occur in about 50 Bible verses. Here are some of those. (All references are to the ESV.)

In Genesis 40, Pharaoh's Baker asked Joseph about a dream which featured baskets of bread.

In Exodus 2, baby Moses was put into the Nile River in a basket.

In Exodus 29, Leviticus 8, Numbers 6, and Deuteronomy 26, there are instructions for worship rituals, including a basket of bread.

In Deuteronomy 28, the blessing and the curse for obedience or disobedience included predictions about what would happen to the baskets of the Israelites.

Jeremiah (chapter 24) and Amos (chapter 8) had prophecies which involved a basket. So did Zechariah (chapter 5) although his prophecy involved a woman in a basket.

In Matthew 5, Jesus said that His followers were the light of the world, and that their light shouldn't be hidden under a basket. Jesus also referred to the futility of hiding a light under a basket in Mark 4 and Luke 11.

In Matthew 14-16 (and in two other gospels) there are references to feeding multitudes miraculously, with the excess collected in baskets.

The Apostle Paul escaped from his enemies in a basket.

Thanks for reading.


Anonymous said...

Thank you sooo much for compiling this information. You have aided in my evolution. God bless you.

Martin LaBar said...

Thank you, Anonymous.