Key Verse: Verse 17 – "Judah, and the land of Israel, they were thy merchants: they traded in thy market wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and honey, and oil, and balm."
Key Words: Pannag
Pannag is not a familiar word in our vocabulary. In the Hebrew it means pastry. No doubt it was a dessert. Although it is only mentioned once in the Bible, it was evidently popular because merchants traded for it. The pannag reminds us that a sweet spirit goes a lot further than does a bitter spirit.
Bruce Goodrich was being initiated into the cadet corps at Texas A & M University. One night, Bruce was forced to run until he dropped – but he never got up. Bruce Goodrich died before he even entered college.
A short time after the tragedy, Bruce’s father wrote this letter to the administration, faculty, student body, and the Corps of Cadets: “I would like to take this opportunity to express the appreciation of my family for the great outpouring of concern and sympathy from Texas A & M University and the college community over the loss of our son, Bruce. We were deeply touched by the tribute paid to him in the battalion. We were particularly pleased to note that his Christian witness did not go unnoticed during his brief time on campus.”
Mr. Goodrich went on: “I hope it will be some comfort to know that we harbor no ill will in the matter. We know our God makes no mistakes. Bruce had an appointment with his Lord and is now secure in his celestial home. When the question is asked, ‘Why did this happen?’ perhaps one answer will be, ‘So that many will consider where they will spend eternity.’”
So would you not agree that the sweet spirit of Bruce’s father accomplished more than being bitter ever could? So the next time you think of a sweet pastry, think of a sweet spirit. It goes a lot further than a sour spirit ever could.
What to do:
✞ Every time you eat a pastry, I trust you will think of pannag and having a sweet spirit.
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