The feast of the Epiphany is today and I ‘m tying in a simple dinner of lamb and rice to represent a typical Persian meal.
I’m setting the atmosphere and tone of the meal, by serving dinner on a low table over our Persian rug. Our friends the Riemann’s were over for bible study one night and Curt had a stunned look as he looked at our sofa. “I have the perfect rug for you in our garage, it matches nothing in our home now that we’ve redecorated.”
Hence our most lavish material gift given by dear friends lays under our feet every day. Heather and Curt brought me a chocolate cake late one evening on my birthday. There was a soft knock at my door, my daughter asleep, husband on a trip and there they were. I cried I was so overcome they knew my birthday. I was new in town and felt very alone. Heather is one of my favorite people to cry with, our hearts break for the same things, we also laugh, but many tears, so many tears. She and Curt are living treasures who love well with Christ-like love. The most lavish of gifts.
The three wise men and their lavish gifts must have been familiar with the Davidic promise to know to travel to Israel. It seems they knew the Scriptures better than the Jews themselves, certainly better than King Herrod. Perhaps they were Persians, descendants of the great empire of Persian King Cyrus who granted permissions centuries earlier to some of the Jews to return and rebuild their holy temple in the city of Jerusalem fulfilling the prophecy. ( Ezra 1:1-3) But the Bible does not state where they came from, only that they came from the East. Resting our feet on our colorful persian rug and enjoying a traditional Middle Eastern meal of lamb, we will read about these Magi, wise men, scholars from the East, remembering that where Israel missed the birth of their king, these men went to extraordinary lengths to come and worship him.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory – this was during Herod’s kingship – a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on a pilgrimage to worship Him.” Matthew 2: vs. 1-2 The Message
Rub lamb with kosher salt, olive oil and coat with minced garlic.
The next layer is mint. Completely coat over the garlic with mint. A jar of dried mint will do if fresh is not available.
Place lamb on a roasting rack in the oven at 425 degrees , reduce heat to 325 and continue to cook till internal temp is around 165-175 degrees.
Serve garnished with rosemary or mint sprigs.
Anita Donahue said:
Great story and a beautiful presentation of your lamb roast, with your smiling presence in the background. Sounds delicious!
The photo is one from Easter as mine is in the oven right now. We were able to get fresh mint even though the weather has been chilly.
Thank you for your kind words.
Ann Kroeker said:
Wonderful story, and thank you so much for explaining how to prepare lamb! I’ve never made it, but it is so biblical, so historical, so symbolic.
Though I didn’t write about it on my blog, I’m making a King’s Cake, or galette des Rois, for tomorrow–a French tradition. You stick a bean in it, and the person who gets the slice with the bean gets to wear a king’s crown the rest of the evening.
This week’s Food on Fridays post is live, if you want to link this beautiful piece up to share with readers!
Thank you Ann! I’ve never heard about the King cake tradition for today. I saw them at HEB and thought it was a little early for Mardi Gras. I hope you get the bean. I really appreciate hearing the explanation. My lamb is from HEB and it is beautiful. Our house smells so good right now.
Beautifully done as always. I will be thinking of all of you.
Love you dear sister.
Hey love you back sis! The mint on top is so pretty and I’m sipping hot water with fresh mint in it as I enjoy the aroma in the house.
What a special meal and setting you have created.