This covenant established a contract that was not to be broken. Their profession of faith must become self-evident through their good works. Its saline quality seasons and makes food tasty. On the other hand, we may sincerely believe that we are cultivating our character, when, in fact, we are sinking into a dreamy lethargy, from which we need to be aroused by the trumpet-call of duty to a dying world. 4. That doesn’t mean we’re going to be accepted by the world; we understand that. Can you make it useful again? A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. In Matt. In Matthew 8:5-13, however, the person being healed could not speak to Jesus. We are stewards of salt so to speak and one day we will give an account for how salty we were (cf 2Cor 5:10). Allow the Savior to live through you by relying on His power. In each instance, salt is a common image Jesus used for painting a picture of how … We must influence the world and not be influenced by it. i learnt my responsibility and i will perform as Jesus disciple and will be a thirst creator to the world. Truly blessed by your insight.. God bless! I believe Jesus is talking about salt that is so adulterated it has lost its preservative powers. In Jesus' prayer (the real "Lord's Prayer") to His Father, He explains why believers are not just automatically jettisoned up to heaven when they are saved. Kregel Publications, Ferguson, Sinclair: Sermon on the Mount :Banner of Truth, Stott, John: The Message of the Sermon on the Mount: 1978, Intervarsity Press, Matthew 5:13: Problem of Tasteless Christianity, Sermon on the Mount: The Message of the Kingdom. Christianity gives flavor and seasoning to life. The Scripture gives us a diagnosis of the human heart that makes it impossible for the world to accept us. Dead meat left to itself went bad, but, pickled in salt, it retained its freshness. There ought to be a flavor, a tang, a relish, and a zest about us Christians. In the Lord's teaching it is also symbolic of that spiritual health and vigor essential to Christian virtue and counteractive of the corruption that is in the world, e.g., Matthew 5:13 , see (b) above. Salt is somewhat hidden. He wants you to be an influence for Jesus. Lot lost his savour. Matthew 5:3-12. When Christ calls the apostles the salt of the earth, he means, that it is their office to salt the earth: because men have nothing in them but what is tasteless, till they have been seasoned with the salt of heavenly doctrine. Everyone was thinking, "Have I ever made anyone thirsty for the Lord Jesus Christ?". — Reprinted by permission. Nothing but our own sin can keep us from being resalted. The words before us will lead us to consider, the worth and excellence of truly spiritual Christians— The use of salt, as intimated in this expression of our Lord, is to keep other things from putrefaction and corruption. A thoughtless word of criticism, a questionable remark, an angry word—any of these could tear down in a minute whatever Christian testimony others have tried to build up. The impact of salty Christians has effected entire countries. That’s why we’re here today, right? In Matthew 5:13-19, Jesus predicts that heaven and earth would be destroyed before the fulfillment of the Law. - Letting God do the work of evangelism, William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 5, What is a salt covenant? They have connected Christianity with that which takes the flavour out of life. A man had come quietly in upon the same errand as myself to have his hair cut and sat in the chair next to me. But, notwithstanding all, He insisted that they should continue to bless the world by the silent and gracious influence of holy lives. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot." Its literal sense of “seasoning salt” is found in Matthew 5:13; Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34). “ You are the light of the world. We often assume that those inner qualities can only be developed or displayed in isolation from the world, but Jesus wants us to live them out before the world.. Jesus points to a breadth in the impact of disciples that must have seemed almost ridiculous at the time. It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet, Jesus now gives two metaphors or similitudes (salt and light) that depict those who, “Salt” creates thirst when it comes to eating. When salt loses its ability to enhance flavor, it loses its effectiveness. Do others think of you not only as a nice person, 2 Peter 3:7-13 indicates that heaven and earth were to be destroyed by fire. What happened when God left the world to itself after the fall of Adam? In the context of His times Christ is saying that if salt has lost its savor, there is no natural hope for it. Gospel preaching without holy, supernatural living is futile. Our consistent holy living will act as an antiseptic to arrest the corruption around us. There are certain people in whose presence a soiled story would be readily told, and there are other people to whom no one would dream of telling such a tale. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, "I might have entered the ministry if certain clergymen I knew had not looked and acted so much like undertakers." We ought so to live that others would want the peace and joy they see in us. This is the day of the humiliation of the saints; in the next dispensation it will be the glorification of the saints, and the Kingdom of God will be outside as well as inside men. The Greeks called salt divine (theion, Greek #2303). The representation given of them in the text fully justifies this idea. He reasoned that "If Christians have caste differences also, I might as well remain a Hindu." Our inventions, organizations, and boasted civilization, may affect the exterior of our society, but if it were not for the presence of the Church of the Lord Jesus, and the witness borne by the lives and words of her members, there would be nothing to save it from the pit of corruption, which has swallowed up every great nation that has risen to lead the race. Albert George Butzer said "Some Christians are not only like salt that has lost its savor, but like pepper that has lost its pep. Instead of commendation and welcome, it would arouse dislike and rebuff. Then they would eat salt or portions of food together; eating salt bound them together in what they called a salt covenant. The Christian cannot withdraw from the world, but he must, as James said, keep himself "unstained from the world" (James 1:27). If you get salt into a wound, it hurts, and when God's children are amongst those who are "raw" towards God, their presence hurts. As John Stott points out, “And when society does go bad, we Christians tend to throw up our hands in pious horror and reproach the non-Christian world; but should we not rather reproach ourselves? This is God's program today. — Reprinted by permission. The word “you” is emphatic. And before I got through with what was being done to me I was aware I had attended an evangelistic service, because Mr. D. L. Moody was in that chair. Our lives need to create ‘ spiritual thirst’ in others. The tiles are taken up, the salt removed and thrown on the road outside the door of the oven … It has lost its power to heat the tiles and it is thrown out." It cannot do anything else. ." We become salt. GOD BE THE GLORY. Matthew 5:13 Context. Salt acts secretly. (Newman, B. M., & Stine, P. C. A Handbook on the Gospel of Matthew. How the Apostles acted in relation to this, it is needless to observe. No Christian can allow himself the tarnished and suggestive jests which are so often part of social conversation. 18:12; 2 Chr. 1:4; 1 John 3:3]). It is part of the Sermon on the Mount, the first of a series of metaphors immediately following the Beatitudes. One by one they called upon the Lord, coming to faith in Christ. Paul's point is that we are to live the Christ life (for example characterized by the be attitudes). Salt was used as a figure of speech in the ancient world of sparkling conversation, speech dotted with witty or clever remarks. —Fitzhugh. Matthew 5:13-16. What is our Lord saying? Be like Christ, then, lest others are not able to tell the difference between the salt and the meat, between the poverty of our witness and the goodness of the Lord Jesus they are invited to taste (Ps. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday School Series) for Sunday, November 6, 2011, is from Matthew 5:17-26.For the sake of background and context, Matthew 5:13-16 is included below (which you may or may not choose to use in your teaching). Salt was a form of currency. Satan doesn’t care so much if you’re a Christian as long as you don’t act like one. Matthew 5:13-20 King James Version (KJV). Matthew records that Jesus healed the *Roman officer’s servant (8:5-13). He took her to the police station and placed her in a holding cell. When the Forth Bridge was in making, the workmen came to a crucial point, where two of the most important iron girders refused by some inches to come together for the bolts to be driven through, a process which was absolutely essential to their union and the stability of the whole fabric. Salt, in a sense, is negative. We never know who is observing our life! The god of this world had blinded the eyes of those who believed not, and they groped in the noontide as in the murky midnight. The power of influence holds back the corruption to some degree. Our speech must not be corrupt (Ep 4;29-note) and salt (God's grace) holds back corruption. Salt creates thirst. 5:13 “ You are the salt of the earth, The word “you” is emphatic. He must be like a cleansing antiseptic in the circle in which he moves. WHEN our Lord reminds His people that they are "the salt of the earth," He describes the gracious state of all real believers. 13 You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall it saltiness be restored? We are in the world, in the sense of salt, the way salt has been used throughout all of human history, to preserve something from corruption. In the present passage moraino is used more figuratively meaning to cause something to lose its taste or purpose for which it exists. When Dr. Houghton became pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle in Atlanta, a man in that city hired a private detective to follow Dr. Houghton and report on his conduct. "Salt imparts a desirable flavor," said one. Is your witness making unbelievers thirsty? 5:15 Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house. How are you doing? The Romans said that salt was the purest of all things, because it came from the purest of all things, the sun and the sea. Crossway Books) (Bolding added). 5. There was need for a simple method of preservation of foodstuffs from decay and corruption and this was the primary function of salt. (in which it is easy to observe, the latter part exactly answers the former.) 7:22; Job 6:6; Ps. In Mark 9:50 Jesus tells His disciples who in context had been bickering over which one was the greatest (Mk 9:34, cf their attempt to hinder another believer Mk 9:38)…, "Salt is good (kalos = beautiful, attractive); but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? http://www.gotell.org, artwork by Cortney L. Haley. 13 “You are the salt of the earth. We all know that there are certain people in whose company it is easy to be good; and that also there are certain people in whose company it is easy for standards to be relaxed. In our Lord's eyes, also, to advert to the other metaphor, the world lay under the power of thick darkness. Salvation in Christ transforms us from being part of the decaying, corrupt, diseased world (2 Pe 1:4). “Salt” creates thirst when it comes to eating. So then salt preserves from corruption. Are you really living like a Christian? The church among that people group was born without a missionary but not without the salt and light influence of that Christian family that lived among these people for fifteen years, faithfully living unto the Lord. To be effective we must seek and display the Christian distinctive. In many of Jesus’ miraculous healings, the afflicted person spoke to Jesus directly. God speaks of a covenant of salt with David. Matthew 5:13-16. Everything about us should express the attractiveness as well as the holiness of our Lord. But if the salt loses its pungency, by what means can its saltness be restored? And their absence will allow unbelievable depths of depravity. Cato, Virgil, and Pliny all refer to the ability of salt to improve the productivity of the soil. | GotQuestions.org, What did Jesus mean when He described His followers as the salt of the earth? 13:5; 2 Chr. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”. Food without salt is a sadly insipid and even a sickening thing. Though Persecuted. Lost its savour when exposed to the air Matthew 5:13; Mark 9:50, Places where it abounded barren and unfruitful Jeremiah 17:6; Ezekiel 47:11 But they did. Many individuals and churches have lost their appeal to non-Christians. Thus all true believers in Jesus, from their gracious character, are denominated "the salt of the earth." No believer ought ever to say, “Now take this with a grain of salt!” Instead we need to put the salt into our speech! When you are the salt of the earth, you preserve society. There’s a sense in which this is a quiet witness, the power of the influence of a godly, righteous, virtuous life in your family, in your neighborhood, at your job, your school. The ‘Sermon on the Mount’ is Jesus’ masterpiece. The tragedy is that so often people have connected Christianity with precisely the opposite. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot." It is a worthless agent of change. Be careful not to lose your saltiness. You may think that your community is in a bad state, but take out the church and you would not want to live there. Mark 9:50  "Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? — Reprinted by permission. Luke 14:34  "Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? "You", not governmental institutions, not educational institutions, not organizations, but "you" and "you alone" are the salt of the earth. The answer is no - not in ourselves anyway. In the synagogue, among the Jews, there was a custom that, if a Jew became an apostate and then returned to the faith, before he was received back into the synagogue, he must in penitence lie across the door of the synagogue and invite people to trample upon him as they entered. Jesus calls His loyal subjects to be pungent people who penetrate every level of society. It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”. AMEN. article in Natural History, Book 31, chapter 41. (Wiersbe, W. W. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Thus even as salt arrests decay in meat or fish, the influence of Christian character can halt the downward spiral of the world and help to stem the natural degeneration that occurs in the world’s rebellion against God. "Do you want to go back to your mother's apron-strings? 3. I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. He sees true holiness nowhere else; He recognizes His own moral image in no other. It's amazing what a pinch of salt can do to bring out the flavor of food. The disciples the salt of the earth, and light of the world, Matthew 5:13-16. I once met a man who, in his sixties, was re-salted. A big bowl of popcorn is absolutely bland without salt. And he is himself in a hopeless condition. In Colossians 4:6 (note), salt indicates speech which gives a flavor to the discourse and recommends it to the pallet as well as speech which preserves from corruption and renders wholesome. As Julian saw it, Christianity took the vividness out of life. Food is seasoned with "salt" (see B); every meal offering was to contain it, and it was to be offered with all offerings presented by Israelites, as emblematic of the holiness of Christ, and as betokening the reconciliation provided for man by God on the ground of the death of Christ, Leviticus 2:13 . 1. There was never an epoch in the world's history fuller of dazzling genius than that in which He was born. As the true salt was leached away, or otherwise removed, the so-called "salt" could indeed lose its savor and become tasteless. On the one hand, we may attempt so much service as to neglect that inner culture which is priceless in its effect on service, and our personal inconsistencies will neutralize the effect of our Christian activities. (Matthew 5:13: Problem of Tasteless Christianity), Barclay writes that "The individual Christian must be the conscience of his fellows; and the church the conscience of the nation. In it, readers can find most of the significant themes relevant to the remainder of Matthew’s story about Jesus. —Colossians 3:17. He was the special person that the *Jews had been waiting for. For the next ten years of his life he was incredibly salty in the world. The salt seemed to put a kind of life into it. May there be salt in every one of us, for “salt is good.” Have salt in yourselves, and then you will become a blessing to all around you. Without Christian character, Christians are worthless to the society in which God has placed them. A light sheds illumination and gives direction. The Greeks called salt "charitas" (grace) because it gave flavor to things. That is the extreme, I grant you, yet it is not something that we can take lightly or think we are immune to in our own lives. It is dangerously easy for Christians to lose their salty, preserving influence in the world. Oh, great danger: salt losing its saltiness, acquiring a kind of stale alkaline taste becomes good for nothing. It might have seemed ridiculous to a casual bystander for Jesus to say to a handful of ordinary men, "You are the salt of the earth and I am sending you out to permeate and infiltrate and season the whole world." Matt 5:13; Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34). Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”. As we have often heard, you can lead a horse to water and yet not make him drink. Flowers should burst into beauty at our steps, songs should overflow in our paths, and innocent laughter should be our accompaniment. Jesus said that we are salt and light, but He warned against losing our saltiness and hiding our light (Mt. We have a distinct purpose as He relates in His prayer…, "I have given them (those who are "the salt") Thy word; and the world has hated them (cf persecution see notes Matthew 5:10; 5:11; 5:12), because they are not of the world (explains "why" the poor in spirit, mourning, meek ones are persecuted), even as I am not of the world. (see note Colossians 4:6), That Paul intended our speech to have a preservative effect we note the parallel passage in Ephesians…, Let no unwholesome (rotten, corrupt, putrid) word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification (building up) according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. The spring warmth may seem to fall on the frozen masses of snow and ice in vain, but every hour of sunshine is sapping the reign of the ice-king, and hastening the inevitable break-up of his supremacy. Warren Wiersbe in his preface to "Be Holy", an exposition of Leviticus writes "Whatever else the professing Christian church may be known for today—great crowds, expensive buildings, big budgets, political clout—it’s not distinguished for its holiness. The Lord brought this question up when he asked, "How can it be made salty again?" You can come in here once a week, have a lot of fellowship with all the other salt and think your job is accomplished. Salt has a seasoning influence. — Reprinted by permission. That should create the thirst in others. Jesus is speaking in a time when there were no ice makers or refrigerators. Matthew 5:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Matthew 5:13, NIV: "You are the salt of the earth.But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? The best work is that which arises out of the simplicity and beauty of our witness for truth and love. So in human life. Some people believe that our hand-writing reveals our character. William Wilberforce died on 29th July, 1833. We are meant to be the salt of the earth, and if we do not bring to life the purity, the antiseptic power, the radiance that we ought, then we invite disaster. In fact the only way to preserve meat in the hot climate of Palestine was to salt it or soak it in a salt solution. Reflection / Devotion / Commentary Saturday, October 8, 2011. Pure salt cannot lose its savor ("saltiness"), but the salt commonly used in the ancient world was rock salt, containing various impurities (especially gypsum). I purposely lingered in the room after he had left and noted the singular affect that his visit had brought upon the barber shop. Matthew 5 Commentary: . While the show and numbers meant so much to the church in that day, the saltiness in society was lost so that the barbarians easily conquered them. Matthew 5:13. And from that moment the whole tone of that office was altered. Greek: Humeis este (2PPAI) to halas tes ges; ean de to halas moranthe, (3SAPS) en tini alisethesetai? In a depressed world, the Christian should be the only man who remains full of the joy of life. Or have you so given in to the world that you are in danger of becoming tasteless to a world that desperately needs your saltiness in Christ? 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