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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Salt of the Earth

"You shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt."
~ Leviticus 2:13 (NKJV)

"For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another."
~ Mark 9:49-50 (NKJV)

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one."
~ Colossians 4:6 (NKJV)

Leaven's opposite, salt flavors and preserves food. Orientals and Arabs say "covenant of salt" to signify an agreement shall endure without decaying. Salt is necessary to life yet brings barrenness to land. Blood devoid of life is cleansed away by salt with water, and salt with water corrodes metal. Valuable salt has been used as money and is at the root of the word "salary."

Christ calls His followers the salt of the earth. When judgmental we bring the earth barrenness. When His Spirit empowers us, we season and cleanse with words of grace and peace. Is it possible that our continual prayers for mercy preserve the earth by staying the hand of God from wrath?

I don't presume to fully understand rapture prophecies. But I don't share the view that the rapture gives final notice to earth that God is serious about repentance. As with Noah's family, I see Christians being removed from harm's way so the earth may be cleansed—this time with fire.

Lord Jesus, in Your offering of blood we are preserved. Please lead us to yield to Your Holy Spirit and be seasoned with fire. Please use us as Your salt of the earth, in every way possible, and prevent us from becoming an irritant or aggravation to barrenness.

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