WHY do we need a lesson like this? – In his teachings, Jesus spoke of simple things, the sun, moon, stars, birds of the air, fishes of the sea, water well, sheep, trees, people, even salt in order for us to understand his message.
2 Corinthians 11:3
Simplicity-definition-the quality or condition of being easy to understand or do.
2 Timothy 2:1-2
One who has been taught must then pass on the simplicity of Christ, each one teaches one. However, the bible uses a lot of symbolism, snakes talking, the dragon, beasts and so on, so that those who are uniformed will think the bible is fiction.
2 Peter 3:1-4, 9-12, 15-17
Peter wants to stir up our minds by reminding us of the words spoken by the prophets and the other apostles. He warns us that in the last days scoffers would come. The Lord is not slack concerning the things he has promised to those who believe in him. He states that Paul has written some things that seem hard to understand which unlearned men twist as they do other scriptures to their own destruction.
What do we know about salt?-it has two properties, it is a preservative and also attacks corruption.
After delivering Israel out of slavery, God call Israel to be his priest to all the nations to bring them back to him providing they obey his voice.
Moses receives the commandments from God and gives them to Israel who is supposed to be a model to the nations who will want to be like them and so come to God. How do we know this was the covenant and this is so?
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 5-6, 12-13
God commands Israel to obey all that he commands, don’t add or take anything from his word. Keep therefore and do them for this is your wisdom in the sight of the nations who when they see how blessed you are will say surely this is a wise and understanding people. And he declared unto you his covenant which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments.
The Lord was not interested in burnt offerings and animal sacrifices but put the Levitical Priesthood in order so that when people sinned /broke God’s commandments in ignorance they offered and animal who would die in their place because sin carries a death penalty. God gave The Law of animal sacrifices with specific instructions. This would be a substitute until Christ Jesus came the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Behold the lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.
All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever:it is a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.
This covenant (agreement between 2 or more participants) is statute (written law) forever (preserved) and pure without corruption because its originator is Jesus who is holy(without sin).
And every oblation (a thing presented or offered to God) of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering:with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
Salt in this case acts as a seasoning but also preserves (like saltfish, all cured products) and always attacks corruption. (neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking) this points to ensure we do everything the way God commands it to be done in complete obedience, reverence and awe even today because it is an everlasting covenant. (today our lives is to be the offering)
We are to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy (sin free) acceptable on to God, which is your reasonable (having sound judgement, fair and sensible) service.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins (unintentional) he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2 Chronicles 13:5
Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?
Again everlasting, pure (preserved) forever.
Israel was in captivity yet again for rebelling against the Lord and the time came that he wanted to restore them back to the land so he stirs up the mind of Cyrus the Persian King to rebuild the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. No matter what you see the governments of the world do, God is in control, whether he works through them to do good or evil. There was much opposition however as Satan working through his agents tried to stop the work and it was another King by the name of Darius that God brought this to pass.
Ezra 6: 7-9
Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in its place. (Vs 9) And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail:
All this produce was given daily for the sacrifices and as commanded all offering must be salted.
Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.
Salt supplied without measure
Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
Salt again required to season everything unsavoury-we were unsavoury without Christ Jesus but now we have been seasoned with the salt of His word.
And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.
In the old days at birth, the baby was washed in water and salt to clean the blood and all impurity.
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.
All true Christians are to be immersed in the word (salt), trained by it and preserved (remember the words give us eternal life if we keep them)The word warns us, encourages us and attacks every corrupt thought or action and attitude in our lives and keep us on a straight path. If we backslide note we will be cast out and it will be the lake of fire.
If I righteous person turns to do wickedness we are to warn them, if they fail to repent, the Lord will oppose that person and if they persist then they will die in their sins. None of the righteous deeds which they did will be remembered.
For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
Salt here represents the word, everyone will be judged by the words of the book, our prayers and praise and holy lives is our sacrifice which we offer to God.
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
So having been trained up in the word of God and living holy lives in obedience if we then fall away from it, we will then be seasoned with the lake of fire.
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
No corrupt communication is to be forthcoming from our lips but only that which will build people up.
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
We cannot be part of the world and the kingdom of God at the same time, we cannot live like believers on the Sabbath and unbelievers the rest of the week. We are God’s fountain and must strive to yield pure water of the word always so people can drink the words of eternal life.
But whosever drinketh of the water (word) that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
For he shall be like the heath(an area of uncultivated land with acid sandy soil which yields wild grass) in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
2 Kings 2:19-22
I the days of Elisha the prophet, there were springs of water but the water was foul and people died from drinking it and the land in that area barren-And he said, Bring me a new cruse (pot or jar), and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the words of Elisha which he spake.
Salt can be a blessing Or a curse!