In Matthew 5:13, Jesus tells us that we are the “salt of the earth.” What does that even mean?
To make it more interesting, He says this right after talking about the “B” attitudes and warning His followers that there will be persecution to come.
Well, I found another story about salt that I thought was interesting. If you trace back the history of the Jordan Valley (which Jesus’ followers would have known), it sheds some light on this scripture:
In Genesis 13, we read that the Jordan Valley (next to Jericho) was “well watered everywhere, . . . even as the garden of the Lord.” It was here that Lot chose to make his home when he “pitched his tent toward Sodom.” After Sodom and Gomorrah, in Joshua 26 we see the walls of Jericho fall down and its inhabitants slain, and at the time of its fall the solemn declaration was made, in the presence of all Israel: “Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his first-born, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.” Joshua 6:26.
Five centuries passed. The spot lay desolate,
King Ahab and Jezebel decided to rebuild. In 1 Kings 16:34.
Elijah announces a drought lasting three and a half years.
Elijah ascends and the prophets ask Elisha for help.
2 Kings 219The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.”
20“Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him.
21Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’ ” 22And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.
These were the very same waters!
Al-Maqdisi, the Arab geographer, wrote in 985 that, “the water of Jericho is held to be the highest and best in all Islam.
Matthew 5:13-You are the salt of the earth!
Salt is no good when it stays in its container!
Go out and trust that God can use you to bring new life to your city, workplace, church, friends.