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
SALT 🧂 – (Also known as common salt), is a white crystalline substance, obtained through a process of evaporating seawater. It plays an essential part in every household as an important item because it is used for seasoning and preserving food specially meat for a longer period of time.
The natural extraction of salt involves capturing salt water in shallow ponds/pits and then allowed to evaporate naturally by exposing it to the sun and wind. During the process, a salt bed is formed inside the pit, which is then extracted, purified, screened and packaged.
Alright…!! Now moving onto what the Scriptures teaches us about being the Salt of the Earth !!
Jesus also compared Himself to being the Salt of the earth before asking us to be. If we don’t become the salt of the earth, we will become the Pillar of Salt like Lot’s Wife.
- Sea (from which salt water is got) refers to the world – God separated and brought us out from the world
- The shallow pond/pit refers to fellowship God has placed us. He brought us into this pit to shape us there
- Sun’s rays – God’s righteousness made to shine upon us thereby evaporating the filthiness found in us
- Wind – various trials and temptations which God allows in our lives to mould and shape us
- Finally the salt seen down below in the pit as a slab – divine and beautiful characters of Jesus finally formed within us by being taken through these narrow paths
- Salt refers to living in peace with one another (Mark 9:50), refers to being sanctified through fiery trials (Mark 9:49), refers to being savoury, tasty, a blessing for others (Job6:6), refers to our words being full of grace (Colossians 4:6), refers to the covenants we make with God (Numbers 18:19)
(.. to be continued)