We are told that we are to be the salt of the earth, the light of the world. What does this mean today?
We hear that salt is bad for us, that we are to cut it from our diets. The study guide below is for the study on July 3, 2021. Please read in preparation for the study. We will study the historical significance of the use of salt. Plus, we will discuss how we are to be the salt and light of the world, based on Matt 5 verses below.
2 Chron 13:5
2 Kings 2:21
To ‘be salt’ means to deliberately seek to influence one’s life by showing them the unconditional love of Christ through good deeds. This is like enhancing flavor in one’s life through the teachings of Christ.
Ezekiel 43:24 – And thou shalt offer them before the LORD, and the priests shall cast salt upon them, and they shall offer them up [for] a burnt offering unto the LORD.
Numbers 18:19 – All the offerings of the holy gifts, which the sons of Israel offer to the LORD, I have I to you, and your sons and daughters with you, as a perpetual allotment. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD to you and your descendants with you.
Matthew 5:13 – Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has 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.
Luke 14:34-35 – Salt [is] good: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech [be] always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Mark 9:50 – Salt [is] good: but if the salt has lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
Mark 9:49 – For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
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.
2 Chronicles 13:5 “Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David forever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?”
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.”
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 forever: it is a covenant of salt forever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.”
In the Bible, salt is seen as a sign of a covenant, as a sign of friendship/loyalty, flavor enhancer, a preservative, and a source of nourishment.
How are we to shine before men?
Is our light to be dim or bright? How vocal are we to be in our witnessing?
Please read these verses in preparation for the study on salt and light.
What are the practical applications of this in our lives today?