3rd November 2011

Salt Of The Earth

“You are the salt of the earth.  But what good is salt if it has lost its flavour?  Can you make it salty again?  It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”
Matthew 5:13 (NLT)

The earth and everything in it is in a continual state of decay, and just as before we had fridges and freezers to store food, salt was used to prevent decay in fish and meat, in the same way, Christians in a world that is constantly changing, and where moral standards are declining, can help stop decay in society.  John Stott said, “Christians should stop society from deteriorating, by helping preserve moral standards, influence public opinion and secure just legislation.”

The Hebrews didn’t just use salt in the food they ate, it was used in several other ways.  In particular, it was used when they made a covenant (Numbers 18:19 KJV), which was known as a ‘Covenant of Salt’.  Salt with its power to prevent decay symbolized something permanent and perpetual.

Salt is shaken or sprinkled.  It must be spread out.  In the same way, Christians shouldn’t stay huddled together, but should sprinkle out in society so they can be a moral disinfectant.

Salt should remind us of God’s faithfulness because it is a symbol of preservation.  God wants to be active in our lives and preserve us from evil.

Salt makes a difference and so should we.  We should counteract moral decay and add zest to life.  Among oriental people, eating salt is considered a pledge of fidelity.

Let’s remember every time we put salt on our food that we are God’s people and should make a difference.  Mark 9:50 says, “You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.”

Thank you so much, Father, for giving us the example of salt and showing us that you have called us to be the salt of the earth so we can make a difference.  Please help us to remember this as we go about our daily lives.

Study by Jill Newman

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