“Every cereal offering you shall season with salt [symbol of preservation]; neither shall you allow the SALT OF THE COVENANT of your God to be lacking…with all your offerings you shall offer salt” (Leviticus 2:13)
“For everyone shall be salted with fire. SALT IS GOOD (beneficial), but if salt has lost its saltiness, how will you restore [the saltiness to] it? Have salt within yourselves, and be at peace and live in harmony with one another” (Mark 9:49, 50).
HOW THE INVESTIGATION BEGINS
I have been asked by some people how I come up with the ideas that I blog about. To answer that I’ll give the example I used in this subject title.
When I was studying and investigating Scripture and historical evidence in my blog, “The Tabernacle; Jesus and the Cross“, I came upon the four words “salt of the covenant” in Leviticus 2:13. I couldn’t remember any pastor’s message on the subject nor had I investigated the significance of a covenant of salt before. Since I was already writing on the Tabernacle, I jotted down a notation in my bible to search out the truth on the subject in the next ‘The WORD Detective’ blog. I began to begin my daily reading in my bible in the Book of Leviticus. As I prayed to God after my first reading, the Holy Spirit began showing me areas of my life that perhaps something was missing. “Was I lacking something that I might have overlooked before?”
Back to the often asked question: “how do you come up with your ideas?” Turn to the Book of Joshua and I’ll give away my secret; it’s a secret that needs sharing for all who are growing spiritually.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely, and have good success” (Joshua 1:8–Amplified version of the Bible).
ENTERING INTO A “COVENANT OF SALT” MEANS…
In my detective work the past few days, I was searching the meaning of covenant responsibilities; God’s promises and man’s promises. Here is what I uncovered:
1. Binding oneself to another; in loyalty and truthfulness.
2. Even suffering death rather than breaking covenant.
I even ran across on the web, the Marriage Salt Covenant—“When two become one” vows in the marriage ceremony. If you are thinking about entering into the ‘marriage covenant” or renewing you marriage vows, you might take note of the “salt covenant” and its true meaning. There are plenty of references to be found regarding the Marriage Salt Covenant.
The Covenant of Salt was never done lightly or haphazardly [neither should the marriage covenant-marriage is a covenant promise and not a ‘contract’]. To ancient Hebrews, salt represented purification. It was symbolic of enduring friendship, honesty, and loyalty (2 Kings 2:19-21; 2 Chron. 13:5). Today, some Eastern people still use the phrase: “There is salt between us”. Having ‘no’ salt meant disloyalty and barrenness.
The king referred to God’s covenant promise to David, not lacking of a man to seat on Israel’s throne:
“Ought you not to know that the Lord, the God of Israel, gave kingship over Israel to David forever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt” (2 Chronicles 13:5).
This covenant of salt or promise could never be broken!
In the Book of Ezekiel, the word of the Lord came to the prophet saying, “And as for your birth [Israel or Jerusalem], on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt” (Ezekiel 16:4).
SALT BY THE NUMBERS
Our heavenly Mathematician has hidden an intricate numbers pattern throughout the Scriptures. The numbers do not create truth but they may be used to confirm plain-sense meanings of the Scripture. As The WORD Detective, I can’t overlook any paths regarding God’s message to us all, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As for some examples concerning numbers; the word “salt” in all its English versions:
…Occurs fourteen times in the New Testament.
…Greek words translated into English variations is ’14’ times but translated strictly as salt, ’10’ times.
…Occurs thirty-three times in the Old Testament; with the Hebrew word variations, thirty-seven times.
All these salt numbers confirm the prophetic meaning (the ‘now’ meaning) of what the “Salt of the Covenant” really is:
1. The number ’33’ speaks of the life of Jesus-in-you; speaking of our being in ‘The Way’.
2. The number ’37’ speaks of the Word of Yahweh, but more specifically, not just hearing, but doing of His will.
3. The number ’14’ speaks of the entire process of Salvation: By this, we know the issue of “salt” is a serious covenant issue–a foundation issue.
4. The number ’10’ speaks of the testimony of God; the Ten Commandments. Thus we see that keeping His commandments, His Testimony is a vital salt (covenant) issue.
THE ISSUE OF SALT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: James 3:12-14
James gives believers a warning: “Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine figs? Neither can SALT spring furnish fresh water.
The amount of knowledge we have, not displaying the appropriate fruit in our daily lives, should be evident among those of us in a Covenant relationship with our heavenly Father.
James’ reasoning for ‘fruit lacking’?
“BUT if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth” (verse 14).
THE CONCLUSION OF THE EVIDENCE GIVEN IN SCRIPTURE
James is saying if we are truly seeking God on the one hand yet continue to strive against the truth of God’s Word; we are living a ‘lie’. We are suffering ‘lack’. Our lack of fruit, of works in our lives and Christians are lacking salt in our spirit–we are in lack of the “Salt of the Covenant” given to us.
Divinely arranged number patterns given beforehand confirm the words spoken in James:
—The “Salt Covenant” is the Life of Jesus-in-us! When tempered together closely with us the two of us become one (the ‘marriage salt covenant’). Seen also in Genesis 2:24: “they shall become one flesh“.
–The salt is seen in us; when we allow Messiah-in-us to live out His Truth in us, we begin to do the ‘works’ of Jesus. We are one in Him.
Have you been truly seeking God for answers, yet you find something missing?
Do you pray and fast diligently yet find something missing?
Have you died to self,; offered yourself as a living sacrifice, committed to the Father’s will and not your own? And yet something is missing.
You continue to grow in a heart attitude of Submission, yet find something missing?
The ‘sense of missing something’ is merely a symptom. The probable cause?
THE SALT IS MISSING!
Salt Being Restored and Collected
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored?” (Matthew 5:13).
It’s all about making your salt, salty through the Power of the Word of God through the Holy Spirit. Memorize and ‘do’ what Joshua 1:8 can accomplish. It can make you “prosperous”; prosperous means ‘wholeness’, even salty again.
Are we believers missing something in our spiritual life? IT’S THE SALT COVENANT REALITY AND PROMISES!