The gospel according to Chapati/Roti #2

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© January 27, 2018 | Schulter Etyang

I had to do part two of the gospel according to chapati. Why? The famous chapati is unavoidably and metaphorically Jesus and his work for us — hiding in plain sight. If there is one thing that God desires we all know is his son Jesus and his work for us. Why? It is the basis on which we are now accepted, adopted and blessed. Edmund P. Clowney in his book, Preaching Christ in all of Scripture, writes, “The Father is jealous for the revelation of his son.”

“The Father is jealous for the revelation of his son.”

It is amazing to me that all the ingredients that are used in the cooking of chapati point us to Jesus and his work for us. That’s what I want you to see in this post. 

Fine flour

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A key ingredient in cooking chapati is wheat flour. In the Old Testament, flour was one of the offerings offered to God.

Leviticus 2:1

When anyone offers a grain offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it.

How do you get fine flour? The seed is sown, germinates, grows, and produces heads or seeds. It is then harvested and sent to a miller. At the miller, the seed is crushed to produce flour.

Flour represents Jesus and his perfection. The bad news is this — if His perfection remains with Him then we are in trouble — because we are sinners. The good news is this — His perfection has been given to us. How was it given to us? Jesus on the cross took our sin, so that we can have the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21) When God looks at us, he sees the perfection of his son on us.

Semi hot water

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Semi hot or tepid water is used in the making of chapati. Semi hot or tepid water? Heat? 

Jesus met a woman at a well. It was a sunny hot afternoon. She had come to fetch water in the afternoon because the village gossips weren’t there. Of course, her reputation preceded her for she had been married five times and she was living with a man who wasn’t her husband. She was a girl gone rogue.

When Jesus met her, Jesus asked her to give him some water. The woman was hesitant Jews were prejudiced against the Samaritans. But Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:13-14)

In order for Jesus to become living water for all of us, Jesus suffered on the cross for us (took the heat).


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I use olive oil to cook my chapati’s. Olive oil is made from olives. Olive seeds are sown and harvested and then crushed to produce oil. 

In Exodus 29:40, the daily offerings that were offered at the tabernacle had beaten oil. The Hebrew word used is kathath, which means to bruise or violently strike: beat down to pieces, break in pieces, and crush. In Leviticus 2:4, the loaves were made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in or brushed on.

The oil represents the Holy Spirit. How do we receive the Holy Spirit? Just like the olives, Jesus was bruised, violently struck, beat down to pieces, and crushed for us.  Do you still see Jesus and his finished work for us? It’s all Him.


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Salt has been around as long as creation has been around. Salt is harvested from rocks or seawater and then ground so that it can be used for food preservation and flavoring.

In the bible, every offering offered to the Lord was to be seasoned with salt. (Leviticus 2:13) The salt I use in chapati is fine salt. The salt has been crushed – a picture of Jesus and his sufferings for us.

Salt for me is what ties the chapati together. Too much salt and the chapati is just a salty mess. No salt at all and the chapati is bland and boring. With the right amount of salt, you will be in chapati heaven. Salt is also a picture of grace. Grace is what ties our lives together. Without grace, we lead bland and boring lives. Without grace, we become crass and rude. With grace, even our words being healing, encouragement and hope to people around us. (Colossians 4:6)



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Finally, the chapati has to be cooked in a hot pan or over open flames

Leviticus 2:14

If you offer a grain offering of your firstfruits to the Lord, you shall offer for the grain offering of your firstfruits green heads of grain roasted on the fire, grain beaten from full heads.

Check out what I wrote in my last post on fire. Check the link

Five ingredients

There are five ingredients in the cooking of chapati. When all these ingredients are in concert, the famous chapati is produced. Five in bible numeric is the number of grace.

Five is the number of grace. 

Every time Jenny and I have been cooking and enjoying chapati, we’ve actually been reenacting grace. Grace is simply receiving from God what you don’t deserve because Jesus on the cross received all that you deserve. On the cross, Jesus received our damnation, judgment and punishment and in turn we received His righteousness, acceptance, favor and blessings.

Grace is simply receiving from God what you don’t deserve because Jesus on the cross received all that you deserve.

So, the next time you eat chapati, you are receiving and enjoying the grace of God. Grace is everywhere. I can still hear the sounds of satisfaction as Jenny eats chapati. She becomes like one of us. Chapati is her kryptonite. Oh, how she loves chapati.

That’s what grace looks like.


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