'Every grain offering of yours, moreover, you shall season with salt, so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be lacking from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.
The Law of Moses requires that every sacrifice made by the Hebrew priests must have salt. Grain or meat, must have the salt of the covenant.
Why SALT OF THE COVENANT? WHY SALT?
The salt of the sacrifice is called the salt of the covenant, because in common life salt was the symbol of covenant; treaties being concluded and rendered firm and inviolable, according to a well-known custom of the ancient Greeks (see Eustathius ad Iliad. i. 449) which is still retained among the Arabs, by the parties to an alliance eating bread and salt together, as a sign of the treaty which they had made. As a covenant of this kind was called a “covenant of salt,” equivalent to an indissoluble covenant.
Numbers_18:19 "All the offerings of the holy gifts, which the sons of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and your daughters with you, as a perpetual allotment. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD to you and your descendants with you."
2 Chronicles 13:5 "Do you not know that the LORD God of Israel gave the rule over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?"
A covenant of salt is an irrevocable covenant. So, the salt added to the sacrifice is designated as salt of the covenant of God, because of its imparting strength and purity to the sacrifice, by which Israel was strengthened and fortified in covenant fellowship with Jehovah. So, the use of salt means that is a purified, irrevocable, firm and inviolable covenant.
In the Old Testament we have the figure of the priest at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem offering sacrifices for the unwilling sins of the people (ox, bulls, pigeons, lambs, grain) always with salt.
(I will approach the subject of sacrifices for unwilling sins in another post)
Jesus spoke about the salt that lost its taste and was thrown away to be trampled by men in
Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
A self-called Christian without salt will do a blind eye to sin. He will avoid any sort of confrontation, will show himself as lovely, kind, gentle, patient, good listener, comprehensive, comforting, good fellow, nice company, enjoyable, friendly but he will not point out the sin, because he has not salt, he has not commitment to the covenant of Christ, he loves more himself than God therefore he stays silent regarding sin.
Once the demons acknowledge that this self-called Christian stays silent before sin, they will come over this person as a cruel gang to bully him and to make him a puppet of demons, because he became tasteless, without salt. He will be thrown out and trampled under the foot of men!
Where Jesus Christ took from this idea of tasteless salt trampled by men?
In the Temple of Jerusalem it was consumed huge amounts of salt. The meat of animals burnt as sacrifice had to be first emptied of blood before it was consumed by fire. Let's check the Holy Scripture:
Then the LORD called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When any man of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of animals from the herd or the flock. 'If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer it, a male without defect; he shall offer it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD. 'He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf. 'He shall slay the young bull before the LORD; and Aaron's sons the priests shall offer up the blood and sprinkle the blood around on the altar that is at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 'He shall then skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces. 'The sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 'Then Aaron's sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head and the suet over the wood which is on the fire that is on the altar. 'Its entrails, however, and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall offer up in smoke all of it on the altar for a burnt offering, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD.
The abundant blood of thousands of sacrificed animals was thrown on the sides of the altar and big amounts of salt was used to absorb the blood around the altar.
After the salt absorbed the blood, it was taken out of the Temple and was thrown in the pathways to prevent the growing of plants. The salt was thrown on trails and pathways were people walked, trampling that salt that had lost its flavor. That salt was an ancient grass killer, similar to the weed killers that we use today, like Round-up or glyphosate.
Jesus Christ was very familiar with the Jewish ceremonies at the Temple, as a good Jew and recognized Rabbi, and very familiar with the pathways where He walk, trampling on the salt of the roads. His teachings were full of references of the common life at the Holy Land.
DISCIPLE WITH SALT IN HIS LIFE:
A disciple that has the salt of the covenant in his life, will react in a different way before sin.
First, he will show discomfort, he will not laugh on the dirty joke neither he will show a friendly acceptance of sin, rather he will show the gravity of the sin and the gravity of the consequences of practicing sin to his sinner friend.
If I can, I will tell to the person in sin: you will suffer a lot, you will end alone, you will lose everything, and you will end in hell. Leave the sin ASAP!
How do you act when someone is in life danger? If you are the passenger in a car and the driver does a dangerous move, what do you do? Or if you see someone in a near miss, in the line of fire operating a dangerous tool? You probably say: Watch out, be careful!
MARRIAGE MUST HAVE SALT OF THE COVENANT WITH GOD TO BE A LIFETIME COMMITMENT.
A married disciple of Jesus must have salt of the covenant with God in his marriage. Marriage is a figure of our relationship with God, that’s why marriage is been attacked by Satan!
To have salt in your life is to maintain your covenant with God alive, valid, fully operational!
Mar_9:50 "Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalted, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
Do not be afraid to point out sin in a loving way, as someone who cares about. Your friend may not like it at first, but he will appreciate you loving care later. Have salt and be at peace is a promise from Jesus in Mark 9:50.
Col_4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
The Salt of your covenant with Christ that you pour in a problematic situation caused by sin, will bring healing to the people affected by the sin, like ELISHA did:
2 Kings_2:20-21 He said, "Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.
He went out to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, "Thus says the LORD, 'I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.'"
Sometimes you will need to bring the true in a messed up situation in your family, friends or colleagues. Don’t be afraid to declare God’s word where people don’t know or even forgot God’s will.
Let’s turn to God, reaffirm our commitment and fill out our salt shaker with the Holy Spirit right now!
Know your Bible!