Matthew 5:13-14 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt should lose its flavor, how shall it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
I understand how we are called to be the light of the world, but how and what does it mean to be the salt of the earth? Salt is used as a seasoning agent to savor unsavory foods. Let’s look deeper at what this means for us to “season the earth”.
Salt is a necessity of life; we simply cannot survive without some amount of sodium. In the Bible, salt was used as a seasoning, a preservative, a component to offerings, a disinfectant, a form of judgement and death, and was also used to heal diseased water (2 Kings 2:21). Salt was considered valuable in the ancient times and was used as a form of payment. So we can see here that salt was a very valuable compound/mineral, all around. When I hear what Yeshua stated in Matthew, ” You are the salt of the earth…” I think of His disciples, because that’s who He was talking to. His disciples traveled around the world, teaching the Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah to everyone they knew, spreading the love of God, just as they were created and anointed and blessed to do. They seasoned the earth with God’s Word, power, protection, truth, and love, all the while shining the light that lived within them and shining it bright for all to see. They had the love of God living inside of them, and they were girded with His truth. In Matthew 28:19-20 Yeshua told His disciples to, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” We are also called to be a light and to “season the earth” with His gospels, His truth, love, and life! As I mentioned before, salt is a necessity of life. Without it, we may become diseased. Spiritually speaking, if one doesn’t have the “salt of life” as I call it, they will be spiritually dead! God gives us so many elements to choose from to share with others. Just like you can season meat with many different spices and herbs, you can also “season” God’s people with His love and light!
Sometimes we don’t realize, but the people of this world starve for love. The only true definition of love can be Yeshua; He is love. In order for them to receive the love that they yearn for, it becomes our job, as disciples, to share the “salt of God”, to bring savory into their lives instead of bitterness. Salt cannot be eaten by itself, it has to be used in just the right amounts in order to bring the perfect flavor. Sometimes as Christians and Torah followers, we unintentionally push someone into following God, or keeping this law, forsaking this tradition, etc. We put “too much salt” into their heart, which then becomes distasteful to the person, causing them to become uninterested. Do you follow me? In Luke 5:32 Yeshua says, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Yeshua always embraced the person before He rejected the sin. Yeshua never rejected anyone; we are the ones who reject Him. Let us follow His example, and embrace those sinners and their faults (for we are all sinners!), so as to spread the truth of His Word.
I have found some interesting facts in regards to the Dead Sea. First of all, we all know that the body of water is consumed with massive amounts of salt. The amount of salt is what caused it to be a “dead sea”. The salt kills off anything living. There is no form of life within the water. However, in 2011 some researches found freshwater springs in the deep parts of the sea, indicating that there was life within the sea at some point. And the Bible states in the beginning of Ezekiel 47 that the Dead Sea will become fresh water again. So in this example, salt is representing death. Salt also represents death in Gen. 19:26. An angel had an agreement with Lot not to destroy the cities until they fled. They were commanded not to look back. Lot’s wife broke this agreement and became a pillar of salt. Her judgement was death. Another instance is in Judges 9:45 when Abimelech destroyed the city of Shechem and poured salt over it. This is also a representation of death and destruction. Stay with me to continue the journey of what it means to be the salt of the earth.
Salt is also associated with the sacrificial system. Romans 12:1-2 states that we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing unto God. In addition, Lev. 2:13 commanded the priests to add salt with their offerings. Could these two verses possibly be connected? If we are presenting ourselves as a sacrifice, are we not also commanded to add salt to our sacrifice? In 2 Kings 2:20-21 salt was used to cleanse and purify the water within the city. This is directly the opposite of what we talked about earlier. In this example, salt was used to bring forth life. How does salt cleanse water; wouldn’t it merely make it into salty water? The people had to come into an agreement (covenant) of trust. They had to be willing to go against what they thought they should do, and trust in what God told them to do. After all the salt was added, the water “became wholesome”. Salt was very valuable to the people, so it took a lot of faith and trust to give up so much of it. It was a very important element for their survival, therefore causing it to be a big sacrifice. They had to come into agreement, trusting that God knew what He was doing.
Back then, giving someone your salt was a sign of trust. You didn’t just give it away freely, unless you trusted that person. In addition, covenants were sealed with salt. So here we can make a conclusion that salt can represent many things, but it can ultimately come down to this: a sacrificial decision of our own beliefs and thinking, surrendering to His will and way, leading His people in truth and love, so as not to experience the judgement of death. God’s truth is very valuable (as was salt)Salt and Light, and He trusts us to share that value with His people. The covenant is an agreement to follow what He tells us to do. It’s keeping our part of the agreement. It’s when we believe that He can make the dead come to life. If we fail to follow through with this covenant of salt, judgement will be upon us.
Yeshua was persecuted, beaten, and falsely accused for speaking the truth. If one lives for Yeshua, and becomes the salt of the earth, he must expect to go through some of the things Yeshua went through. Being the “salt of the earth” comes with a price, and we need to come to a conclusion of deciding if it’s worth it. Living a life for Yeshua is not easy, and He explained that to His disciples in Luke 14:25-35. Then Mark 9:49-50 states that everyone will be salted with fire. Will we trust God enough to live His way even through the fire? I believe that those who are the salt of the earth will automatically shine their light and be ready for what God has in store. If we lose our salt, however, we will become “trampled upon by men”. Do we want this? We have to strive to spread the flavor of God, trusting what He says, and being a light by sharing the salt of His truth and preserving His people.
Here is a beautiful song by Lauren Daigle. Be blessed!
Salt and Light