Just a quick thought this morning – I am about to go off and spend the day learning to create baskets. Not my usual Sunday occupation- this is my Christmas Present from Steph – a day’s course on basketmaking. No doubt I shall have lots to tell you afterwards- I’m really excited about the prospect.
We have to wear ‘old work clothes, as they may get damaged’ and take out own knife and secateurs [and a packed lunch – but hot drinks will be provided throughout the day!]
I started thinking about baskets in the Bible, and came up with 4 stories about baskets – 2 Old Testament, 2 New Testament.
In Leviticus, there are the instructions to Moses about the offerings made at the Tabernacle, where bread is put into baskets - and then in all the gospels, we read of the feeding of the 5000, where the leftovers of bread and fish were gathered up into twelve baskets.
In Exodus, Jocabed puts her baby Moses into a papyrus basket, and hides him in the reeds of the Nile. In Acts, the disciples in Damascus helped Paul escape, by letting him out of the window in a basket.
In the first two examples, the baskets were used for provision of food. In the other two stories, it is all about protection. In the Old Testament God is called Jehovah -Jireh, the Lord my provider, and Jehovah-Rohi, the Lord my protector/shepherd
God is our provider and our protector
That’s something to ponder upon as I am weaving my basket today!