Through the years of writing a column – first it was Burnsville News, then when I moved to Buckhannon it became Pat’s Chat. I shared a few recipes. Today, I am sharing a recipe because our good friends, the Elmers, brought us a box of green tomatoes. I love fried green tomatoes, but I am sure most of us West Virginians have eaten, and either loved or hated fried green tomatoes. So, I want to share a recipe for Green Tomato pie:
Green Tomato Pie
3 c. green tomato slices
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ginger
2 tbsp. flour
½ c. brown sugar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
½ c. molasses
2 tbsp. butter
Pastry for two 9” pie crusts
Slice unpeeled firm green tomatoes into ¼ inch slices. Arrange slices in pastry shell and season with salt and spices. Sprinkle flour over the tomatoes and cover with brown sugar and molasses. Dot with butter and cover with top crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 250 degrees and bake for 35 minutes more. (Can substitute Stevia for the molasses and sugar to taste.)
We also like chopped green tomatoes steamed in water till soft. We do not add spices. Just sprinkle with Stevia. Add more if you want it sweeter, but they are delicious like this, like chunky applesauce.
As I was reading my Bible this morning, I noticed something I had never thought of before (or if I have, I have forgotten it, which happens more often than I like to admit.) All of you know I am a Seventh-day Adventist if you have read a few of the Pat’s Chats. This year, my choice of Bible reading (I try to read the Bible through each year) is The Clear Word, which the author says is not a translation, but an interpretive paraphrase of the Scriptures. He adds, “It is not intended for in-depth study or for public reading in churches. Those who are better qualified have given readers of the Holy Scriptures excellent translations for such purposes and undoubtedly will continue to do so as additional manuscripts come to light. The purpose of this paraphrase is to provide the reader with fresh insights into the gracious character of God, the living ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and the struggles of the early Christian church to survive… It was begun as an attempt to enrich my own spiritual life and my relationship with Jesus. Each verse was written out by hand before being typed into the computer. I visualized myself being in each Biblical scene, participating or listening as if the action and conversation were taking place today… The central thought in each verse was held sacred as God’s revelation and compared with the original languages for accuracy but without attempting to convey every nuance contained in those languages. The expansion of each text came from lexicons, translations, commentaries, doctoral theses and numerous other helps to amplify the meaning as I understood it…” (Jack J. Blanco, The Clear Word, Review and Herald Publishing Association, Hagerstown, MD, 1994, preface). You can tell by reading this part of his preface why I was interested in reading the book. The book I have is the Third Edition and it took more than a decade for him to complete it. The book was given to me by a good friend who saw how worn out and coming apart my paperback copy of it had become. I am forever grateful for her.
If I look up something in The Clear Word, I trust that he did a thorough search before writing his understanding of the text. The idea I thought of this morning was the fact that many people do not realize why Adventists honor the Sabbath and try to “keep” it holy as the commandment says. Genesis 1:21 along with Genesis 2: 1 – 3 show us that God “made” the seventh day of creation week “holy” – set it apart for holy use. Then when He dictated the Ten Commandments to Moses and wrote them with His own finger on stone, He wrote that we were to “keep” it holy. He is the one who MADE it and made it holy, and He asked us to “keep” it holy. He also asked us to “remember” it. None of the other commandments were prefaced by the word “remember.” It did not get changed to the first day until about the 3rd century AD. But He did not change it. Isaiah 66:23 says we will all come on that day to worship before Him in eternity. When Adventists became a group who were worshiping together, they did not know that the Sabbath had been changed until a little Baptist lady told some of them about the seventh day Sabbath. Keeping the Sabbath does not guarantee salvation because only Jesus’ forgiveness and perfect righteousness accounted to us, saves us.
I have rambled on and on, but my main point is that God Made the Seventh Day to be holy at creation and at the same time he asked his people to KEEP it holy. Oh, one more thing – Daniel 7:25 warned that some power would THINK it could change times and law. There is only one commandment that has to do with time in the law, and it is God’s seventh-day Sabbath. Search on Google or some search engine and find out for yourself who changed the seventh-day to first-day sabbath. “We ought to obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29).