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This Week We're Looking at Salt
God’s Word truly never returns void. It’s not uncommon for me to read a passage of Scripture dozens of times and still glean something new. I suppose this was our Creator’s intention after all, and I know that I will never come anywhere near fully understanding the wisdom of Its pages this side of Heaven.
I’ll be honest and say that the topic of “salt” isn’t one that I’ve delved into very deeply in years past. But God makes a point to reference this subject several times, so taking the time to learn more of its purpose, meaning, and historical context is more than worth it.
The topic of “salt” appears more than 35 times throughout the Bible. Although at times it is referring to the addition of flavor, it is most often used as a reference to preservation. Those living in Biblical times didn’t have the luxury of refrigerators, freezers, and chemical preservatives. They needed salt to preserve their food or it would quickly spoil.
“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)
This verse follows the “Beatitudes” where Jesus spoke to the crowds teaching them the characteristics and blessings of genuine believers.
Mōranthē is the Greek word used in the original text to explain the idea of “salt losing its taste.” Its literal meaning is “to become foolish.” If we, as believers, aren’t doing our job of preserving the world by sharing the hope of Christ, then we are simply foolish and worth nothing. Strong words, but a necessary depiction.
“Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” (Mark 9:50)
If we think of preservation in terms of qualities we can easily understand this to mean that we must bear fruit. A genuine decision to follow Christ results in love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, etc. that wasn’t there before.
God, in His mercy, was offering protection from certain destruction for Lot and his family if they were willing to leave behind a city of sin. Lot’s wife’s decision to look back on her beloved city revealed that her heart was still in Sodom. She had no desire to leave her old life behind.
The salt that was meant to preserve did just that. It preserved future generations from being contaminated by the sin of two evil cities.
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:6)
There’s a reason that God instructs us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry (James 1:19). Our words can cut deeply when they’re not filtered through the love of Christ. May our words to others be edifying and gracious in a way that enhances their understanding of who God is.
Believer, you were created to be salt. Go into all the world and preach the Gospel! Be a light. And don’t ever lose your saltiness.
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