ECLECTIC—SEASONED WITH SALT
SEASONED WITH SALT
Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
“Salt” is a substance used worldwide for a variety of purposes, but in this text we find it used figuratively to season our “speech”. God likens “grace” to “salt” and the word “seasoned” implies that there is a time and place and amount to speak. To understand why God chose these words; we need to see how “salt” was used in the Old Testament.
Leviticus 2:13 “And every oblation 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.”
So from the beginning of the law, God required “all” of his “offerings” to be salted. If Christian’s are to be a “living sacrifice”, then it fits that God wants our speech to be salty when we offer his word to others.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
This is why Jesus called his disciples “the salt of the earth.”
Matthew 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
So we are not only to have our speech “seasoned with salt” while on the earth, we are “the salt of the earth.”
To grasp what Jesus is saying, consider some of the other uses of “salt.”
Purifying agent / antiseptic
Christian’s are to be “purifying agents” to cleanse and help heal spiritual wounds.
We are to be “flavor enhancers” that spice up life with true joy.
We are “preservatives”, not only for keeping the faith, but also by living by God’s standards in a morally corrupt world to preserve a lawful society.
We are to be “thirst inducers” to make others want to be filled by God’s righteousness — Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
A wise person once said, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. But even though you can’t make a horse drink, you can put some “salt” in his oats!”
Since water is likened unto God’s word — Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
And God’s Spirit — John 7:38-39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. (38) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (39) (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
We should make lost people thirsty for the “water of life”!
Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
Have you taken “the water of life freely”?
“Salt” was also used for wages at the time of Christ, which is where the saying “worth your salt” comes from; in fact our word “salary” is derived from “salt”.
Think about wages / payment; we can either accept Christ’s sacrifice / payment for our sins, and become the “salt of the earth”, or
Die without Christ and be sacrificed ourselves and “salted with fire” as payment for our own sins... Mark 9:49 “For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.”
HOW DOES ONE MAKE SALT?
The process is as follows: A yoke is placed across the shoulders of a strong man and wood buckets are hung on each side of the yoke. Walking across the sand to the waves he then fills the buckets to the brim and returns to the campsite where his four comrades are tending fires.
The filled buckets are left to “rest for a few hours while the sediment settles.” Then they are placed over the fire and the ocean water is brought to a full boil. When about half of the water has been boiled out, more water is added to fill the buckets to the brim again.
This process is repeated 5 to 7 times.
When the last boiling brings the ocean water to a salty mush it is then smoothed out on tree bark or a log to bake in the hot sun or near the fire whichever heat source is more readily available. After it is baked and completely dried it is chiseled and broken apart and then ground into fine salt powder for baking use.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:13, “As for you, you are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its pungency, by what means can its saltiness be restored? For not even one thing is it of use any longer, except, having been thrown out, to be trampled under foot by men. A city is not able to be hidden, situated on top of a mountain. Neither do they light a lamp and place it under the bushel but upon the lamp stand, and it gives light to all those who are in the house. In the same manner let your light shine before men in order that they may see your good works and in order that they may glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Wuest)
There is new scientific research now available for several years that demonstrates that salt can hold light and can even slow down the speed of light. As the salt releases the light then the salt can hold more light. The light must be released in order for the light to increase.
JESUS knew. HE is the best scientist there is!
In the parable of the Salt Maker is that Jesus is the one with the yoke and the two buckets.
He is the one tending the fire. He is the one adding more water (the Word of GOD and the Holy Spirit) as we are being prepared to be HIS salt. He is the one putting us in the sun (SON) to bake until there is really nothing left of us but HIS residue.
HE is the one chiseling us and grinding us to be someone of taste, someone that adds flavor, and someone that preserves HIS name and HIS glory.
Salt that is of worth and salt that is not of worth looks identical to the human eye. It is the tasting of the salt that makes the difference.
Have we allowed HIM to make us into salt that adds flavor and shall we say enhances the lives of others —
Or are we the kind of salt that HE will throw out and then be trampled under the feet of men?
It is similar to the parable of the Wheat and the Tares. Tares are defined as "false grain." Tares and wheat look exactly the same until the time of harvest. Satan sows tares into the world.
It is the fruit of the wheat and the fruit of the tares that JESUS will be looking at when HE comes again.
It is the fruit in others lives that we might use as a means of knowing the truth in their heart.
1Corinthians 13 is an excellent measuring standard of the fruit in someone’s life.
Any baptized, Holy Spirit filled believer of JESUS CHRIST will have the evidence of HIS love within them.
So the questions are:
Are they gentle or demanding?
Are they kind or mean?
Are they generous or stingy?
Are they merciful or unmerciful?
Are they patient or demanding?
Are they trustworthy or a betrayer?
Are they truthful or a liar?
Are they self-controlled or out of control?
Are they gracious or angry?
Are they critical or constructive?
Are they deceitful or do they have pure motives?
Do they embrace lies or pursue truth?
Are they givers or takers?
Are they peaceful or agitated?
Do they reflect the characteristics of JESUS CHRIST?
The following are some of the uses of salt in the Scriptures:
1. Season food. Job 6:6 Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
2. Mixed with the fodder of cattle. — Isaiah 30:24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
3. All meat offerings were seasoned with salt as a symbol of the holiness of Christ and the reconciliation provided for man. — Leviticus 2:13 And every oblation 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.
4. The custom of eating salt – to eat salt with one is to partake of his hospitality, to derive sustenance from him and therefore he who did so was bound to look after his host’s interest. This is a common custom in the Arab world today. As believer’s we eat the salt from the King’s palace so we are bound to look after HIS interests including the earth, HIS people, HIS creation, HIS Kingdom. — Ezra 4:14 Now because we have maintenance from the king's palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king;
5. A covenant of salt was a covenant of perpetual (could not be dissolved) obligation for the heave offerings. — Numbers 18:19 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.
2Chronicles 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?
6. Newborn children were rubbed with salt. — Ezekiel 16:4 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. — When we become new in Christ is when we become HIS salt that becomes the flavor of the earth.
7. A curse by Abimilech who sowed the city of Shechem with salt that it would always remain barren soil. — Judges 9:45 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that was therein, and beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.
8. Healing of Waters by Elisha – a blessing to the land and the people – reversing the curse of Abimilech. (2Kings 2:20-21) Do you curse the land like Abimilech did or do you bless the land like Elisha? — 2Kings 2:20-21 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. (21) 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.
9. Symbolic of spiritual health essential to Christian virtue and counteractive to the corruption in the world. — Mk 9:50 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.
10. To fertilize the soil. Excess produces sterility in the soil. — Deuteronomy 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:
Judges 9:45 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that was therein, and beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.
Jeremiah 17:6 For he shall be like the heath 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.
Zephaniah 2:9 Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.
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