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Mt 5:13

posted Jun 6, 2012, 9:22 AM by David Gerhart
Salt... Preserves, makes seasons unsavory dishes, heals wounds, makes thirsty.  All of creation must have salt, but too much salt kills.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt looses it's saltiness, how can it be made salty again? it is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. Mt. 5:13

Salt was so precious in the Middle East at the time of Christ, that armies were paid in salt.  More precious than gold.  People could not survive the heat of the desert with out salt.  

Armies used salt to kill the fields of their conquered peoples, so that the new subjects would be dependent on them for food.  Once seasoned with the salt of Christ, we are done for -- and become dependent on him, because only in him will we have life.

Evidently, salt made from the Dead Sea eventually always spoiled ... perhaps due embedded bacteria.  It became unusable, disgusting.  It was thrown on roads where the salt killed weeds and kept the ground clear down to dust.  Nothing to the eastern ego was so bruising as to have to lick the boots of ones master, or worst be trodden upon.  This kind of put-down usually included death.

Salt was used as medicine on wounds and sores -- very painful, but effective.  In addition to being antiseptic, it was abrasive -- rubbing it in and scrubbing it off would flake away dead tissues and make way for new, healthy layers to regrow in the skin.  It also scarred the place of it's application.   We are so like this in sin -- the salt of truth is used to cleanse the area of failed life and in it's place grows new life, but it's different and easily distinguished from the former.

The word of God is salt in us.  And we are salt in the World.  The salt of the world by it's presence makes the world thirsty for the water of life, the living word of God -- the Good news that we can be filled and rest from wandering the burning wastes of our lives.

Mathew Henry comments that there is "A wicked man is the worst of creatures.  A wicked Christian the worst of men. A wicked Minister in the church the worst of all Christians."   If salt looses its savor, it is truly detestable, good for nothing.
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