I like talking about bananas.
Whether it’s the green ones that you find at hotel breakfast buffets, the proper way to eat them, or what to do with your old ones, they seem to be a favorite topic around here.
And why not? They’re fun, flavorful, and a good source of potassium.
But, alas, when it comes to bananas, Scripture is silent. Yep, there’s no mention of bananas in the Bible.
You’ll find verses that talk about apples, dates, figs, grapes, melons, olives, pomegranates…heck, even raisins.
But the humble banana? Not a peep. Silence. Crickets.
Come to think of it, not only are there no bananas in the Bible, it doesn’t mention bacon or peanut butter sandwiches either.
For the record, I’m not looking to rewrite Scripture. But I did find a familiar (yet unlikely) verse where bananas might make a similar illustration.
Check this out:
As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend. – Proverbs 27:17
Ok, I know what you’re probably thinking.
Bananas don’t sharpen bananas.
True, at least not very well. But they do help ripen each other.
Yes, if you want to slow your bananas from ripening, all you need to do is separate them. A lone banana will take longer to ripen than one that is in a bunch.
Ripening bananas give off a gas called ethylene, which accelerates the ripening process. When gathered in a bunch, bananas encourage each other to ripen through a higher concentration of ethylene.
So not only does iron sharpen iron, but bananas ripen bananas.
Nope, there are no bananas in the Bible. But if there were, they would be in a bunch.
“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” – Matthew 18:20