Today's Word of Encouragment
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet (Matthew 5:13).
There were a number of uses of salt in Scripture.
• It was an ingredient in the sacred incense burned in the Temple (Exodus 30-35).
• It was part of all the offerings given to the Lord (Leviticus 2:13).
• It was a symbol of barrenness and cursing (Judges 9:45).
• It was an agent of purification and cleansing (2 Kings 2:20-21).
• It was a sign of the covenant (2 Chronicles 13:5).
• It was a seasoning for flavoring food (Job 6:6).
• It was used to wash a newborn infant to cleanse and tighten the skin (Ezekiel 16:4).
Salt was, and is essential to life. Humans can’t live without it. Pure salt is a powerful natural agent (catalyst) for the reasons mentioned above. But in Scripture, pure salt was a rare commodity. Most salt in the days of Jesus was harvested from the Dead Sea and had sand/dirt mixed in it. If the salt was leeched out of the mix, all you had left was the grit. It was useless for anything but paving roads or paths. That’s the point Jesus wanted to make with those who became His disciples.
In our text, Jesus used salt as a metaphor that effects at least two of the properties listed above. To ‘be salt’ means that Christians are to make the gospel palatable to others. It means we are to influence people in such a way that sin and corruption is cleansed out of their life and the gospel is preserved in their life. Our conversation is to be 'seasoned with salt' (Colossians 4:6), that is, we are to speak with holy words, whetting the appetite of those we speak with so they will become thirsty for righteousness themselves.
“Father, may my conduct and conversation be such that others will want to know Jesus as I know Him. Make me salty, drawing people to Jesus so they too may know the great love You have for them and the joy that salvation in Jesus Christ can bring them. Amen.”