Pass the salt please!

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13

Have you ever watched someone toss salt over their left shoulder? Superstition has it that throwing salt over your left shoulder reverses bad luck. This superstition stems from the age-old belief that the devil lurks on your left shoulder waiting to deceive you, and that salt is believed to ward off evil. It was taken from Leonardo Davinci’s painting of The Last Supper where it shows Judas knocking over the salt with his elbow. While we know this is completely outrageous, God does use salt to teach us something important. In a world full of sin and darkness, God calls us to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). We put salt on food because it gives it flavor. Usually if something tastes bad or loses its flavor, we toss it out (Rev 3:16). God says, “add some salt!” God is looking for a people on fire for Him. Mark 9:49 says, ‘for everyone shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.’ Salt purifies, preserves, and heals. Every sacrifice to God was to be salted (Lev 2:13) Salt helps us not to slip and fall in the wintry seasons, just as the word of God helps to keep us pure and from falling into sin. Salt is the essence of the word of God, which gives life. Salt represents holiness (2 Timothy 1:9, Romans 12:1).

God has created with his people a ‘covenant of salt’ (Numbers 18:19, 2 Chronicles 13:5). In some cultures, if two men partake of salt together, they enter a covenant. Some throw salt over their shoulders to confirm a promise. By ingesting the salt, the covenant is legally binding. In 2 Chronicles 13:5, King Abijah’s speech refers to God’s legally binding promise to Israel (Davidic Covenant). That promise includes us! But we must remain obedient to God. God’s promises have been preserved through the ages. It is God’s will that we pass His word onto each generation so they may also experience the goodness of God (Matt 28:19-20). If you see someone who has lost their hope and their savor for life, pass the salt!

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:8

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