A covenant of salt!

“And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.” Leviticus 2:13

God called this promise of provision “a covenant of salt” (Numbers 18:19). Here is the background; the Levitical priests did not have land of their own, and God promised to provide for them via the sacrifices of the people and every meat offering was to be seasoned with salt. He instructed the use of salt so that the meat would both taste better and last longer.

You can understand why the salt covenant is not explicitly defined in the Bible. It was a matter only for the priesthood. It was a matter to do with priests, those that serve, the keeping of promises and with God’s good will toward man. But the idea of ‘a salt covenant’ carried a great deal of meaning because of the value of salt. Today, salt is easy to come by but not then, it was an important and precious commodity – people’s salaries used to be by salt.

So, when Jesus told His disciples that they were “the salt of the earth,” He meant that believers have value in this world and are to have a preserving influence (Matthew 5:13). We make the world tolerable.

  • be of more value to the priests, to the people, be someone who is depended upon because of your saltiness.

I told few of my preaching friends, (those in the priesthood) that they keep the covenant of salt. It shouldn’t be lacking, but always bring it to the altar – make your preaching tolerable. That you’re; bring it. I said salt is good, it’s leaven that’s bad. Never lose your saltiness nor advice others to do so. Parables are good, and proverbs, and dark sayings, even banter. Make people laugh! But anyway Revelation 10:9-11 says, “And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it , and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”

The man of God endured bitter-herbs because the angel made it tolerable – in his mouth it was sweet. Imagine all that we’ve endure as God’s servants? If you lose your saltiness, you go back fishing.

Anyway good bless,

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Laurence Muzembi (Th.D, D.D, MDiv, B.A in Biblical Studies, Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy ) is author, pastor, life coach and business consultant. Tired of seeing Christians stumble and crush landing, he sets up Muzembi.Org as a guiding beacon for them, and to make a difference.

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