Summary: Jesus' says "Ye are the salt of the earth." This sermon looks at 3 characteristics of salt to show how Christians should influence the world around them.
July 8, 2012
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VIDEO CLIP: Deep Thoughts from a Shallow Christian: Salt of the Earth (51 sec.)
TEXT: Matthew 5:13 – “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
There are many references to salt in the scriptures. In studying for this message, I found 43 references to salt in my concordance.
• We know that Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt.
• David won two battles over the Edomites, as did Amaziah a little later, in the Valley of Salt, thought to have been a large area of salt marshes in a desert valley in Israel
• The Bible also refers to the Salt Sea several times, known today as the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea has the highest concentration of salt of any body of water in the world. In fact, the concentration of salt in the Dead Sea is ten times greater than any sea or lake on earth. Every liter of its water contains an average of 30 grams of salts and other minerals. This concentration is so great that no animal or plant can exist there. It’s impossible for a human being to sink in such salty water. Did you know that nobody has ever committed suicide there by drowning?
Illus. – It was said that Vespucian, commander of the Roman legion that later destroyed Jerusalem in AD 70, heard of this claim and tested it by ordering slaves to be thrown into the Dead Sea bound hands and feet. – All the slaves floated, and once able to right themselves, they all survived.
There are many other references to salt in the Bible.
Salt is a remarkable substance: It’s one of the necessary substances to sustain life. No form of animal life can exist without it. Salt is indeed a very important compound—one that you probably have taken for granted.
In our text, Jesus says, “Ye [speaking of believers] are the salt of the earth…” Now, in order to understand what Jesus is teaching, I think it would do us well to look at what salt is good for and how it is used. Once we see how salt is used, we can better understand what Jesus is trying to teach us. So let’s study salt today and draw some spiritual applications for our lives.
I. FIRST, SALT MAKES FOOD MORE PLEASURABLE
Illus. – A few years back I tried to get completely off of salt after reading articles that forcasted my imminent demise if I didn’t get off salt forthwith. Well, it was a MISERABLE EXISTENCE to say the least but I stuck with it!
After a month on no extra salt, I was okay with most foods without adding salt. Then one Saturday morning, I woke up and Susan had fixed me a good old-fashioned Southern breakfast—eggs, bacon, biscuits and grits! Oh—MERCY ME!
The bacon was great…because it’s loaded with salt anyway. The eggs were gross without salt, but I made a valiant effort to get it down. No problem with the biscuits because I don’t put salt on biscuits anyway.