A Covenant Of Salt

“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

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Salt. Preserves. Kills.
Swished in the mouth, it cleanses and flushes the palate.
Poured into a gash, it puts to death what would invade.

The ancients knew the curative power of salt and rubbed the skin of their newborn babes with it. They used it to preserve meat, and once a man threw salt into a poisonous spring near Jericho and its waters were healed.

Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the LORD says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.'”

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Salt is covenant with God.
God gave “the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants forever by a covenant of salt.

Salt is promise between men.
The word salary comes from the word salt.
If one is worthy of his salt, it means he is worthy of his pay.
He is the real deal.
Today the Arab still says, “There is salt between us.”

Salt is sacrifice.
God told the Levites to mix salt with their offerings.
When salt is your sustenance, then this becomes a matter of trust.
Sacrifice and salt, God?

What if it means that by being called the salt of the earth
we become the offering.
We become the living sacrifice to bless
a parched and thirsty world
that is panting for some goodness,
some kindness, some compassion.

Jesus said, Have salt (ἅλας/melach) in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
Because, in Christ, you are the real deal.

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The Talmud says, “The world can get along without pepper, but it cannot get along without salt.”  (Yerushalmi Hora’yot 3:5)

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