I’m eating more vegetables these days. Honestly, they can taste kinda bland. I like to sprinkle a little salt on them to make them taste better.
We’re most familiar with salt on the kitchen table. But did you know that salt can whiten your teeth, drive away ants, and historically it was used as currency? Salt rations were given to Roman soldiers as pay for their work, giving us our English word salary.
In the good old days, doctors would rub salt in wounds to prevent infection. Yowza!
Leviticus 2:13 says, “Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.” God’s covenant promise needed some salt. Why?
In ancient times, traders carried pouches containing valuable salt. When two traders came into agreement on a deal, they’d seal the agreement with an exchange of salt. I give you a pinch of mine; you give me a pinch of yours, and we both place that salt in our pouches.
It implies that for either of us to break the agreement, we’d have to find the salt that we exchanged and take back our agreement—but that’s impossible.
Jesus is the ultimate offering of God’s covenant. When he suffered and died, he was making you a promise. He deposited the salt of his suffering into your pouch, never able to take it back. He’s fully committed to you.
Give him a pinch of your salt too.