Seasoned with Salt

The Bible talks about salt as a metaphor for Christian living. We are the salt of the world but if the salt has lost it’s saltiness it is cast out. The question that should enter our minds is: How do we stay salty?

This got me thinking about salt in the Bible. Observe, eh.

Genesis 19:26–Lot’s wife becomes salt
Leviticus 2:13; Numbers 18:19–salt is added to burnt offerings
Deuteronomy 29:22,23–salt is used to describe a judged land
Joshua 9:45–sowing enemy land with salt
References to the Salt Sea–aka: the Dead Sea where nothing can live.

Seems to me the OT references to salt have to do with judgment. Does this fit in with the NT usage? Observe the brilliance, eh:

“For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.”
Mark 9:49,50

Fire obviously refers to judgment. Salt and judgment linked together!

So what does this mean for people who desire to stay salty? They submit themselves to the judgment of God in light of the time of judgment to come. They listen to what God says now, to avoid the judgment later. Salty people are people who apply God’s judgment to their life.

Note the context of the two other usages of “you are salt,” in Matthew 5:13 and Luke 14:34. The context of Matthew 5 is enduring persecution for Christ. The context of Luke 14 is denying self and cutting off offending members of the body.

Something to think about I dare say.

One thought on “Seasoned with Salt”

  1. To stay “salty” I think we ought to be in an active relationship with the Lord.

    Repentance and forgiveness. Dying and rising. This, I believe, is the shape of the life of the Christian.

    We we view it as a one time event that we move away from, we tend to turn inward and the relationship suffers and goes stale.


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