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Nov 24, 2019

Covenant of Salt

Covenant of Salt

Speaker: Dr. Clem Ferris

Category: Sunday Morning

Understanding the covenant of salt and loyalty to each other will bring peace.

Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

Matthew 5, The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks blessings over the people . . . and then verse 13, You are the salt of the earth...salt. Every believer is called to be salt on the Earth. Blessings are maintained in our saltiness. Mark 9:49-50 Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.

The covenant of salt was a covenant of loyalty to one another dealing with your character and so it can be tested. When around people, loyalties become tested. But there are principles to practice. 

Principles to practice covenant loyalty:

1) Every believer is called to be salt. God wants us to be the salt. We can only be salty by doing - it's the quality we have around other people. Salt is relational. It is valuable but no good unless it touches something. So the values of salt:

  • It's a seasoning. It makes things taste better. Job 6:6a Can something tasteless be eaten without salt? Luke 14:34 Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. 
  • It's a preservative. It keeps things from going rotten even in a relationship or it will break down. 
  • It melts ice. Matthew 24:12 Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many will shall wax cold. Put salt on ice to melt it. Go into all the world and make disciples because we need to get salt on hard hearts. 
  • It's a purifier. 2 Kings 2:19-20 It will purify bad water. 
  • It brings judgment. Lot's wife is an example. Genesis 19
  • It is a seasoning for your speech. Colossians 4:2 
  • It creates thirst. 
  • It is an antiseptic. 

2) Everyone must be tried in the fire. Mark 9:42-49 Everyone will be salted with fire. Don't avoid the fiery trials that come. God is creating something in us. We are proven in the fire. Be ready, be loyal, be salt!

Secrets to savory salt:

  • Don't speak negative words about your covenant brother and sister. 
  • Defend your brother and sister. Don't be so suspicious. Especially, defend your spouse.
  • Protect one another - your community.
  • Don't mock and pull down one another.
  • Walk in covenant - don't question integrity unless clear proof.
  • Support and strengthen one another in times of need. 

3) Salt makes worship acceptable. Your heart position, your loyalty and integrity comes out in worship. Lev 2:13 God ties salt to offering. Ezekiel 43:24 Picture of God's grace. Ezekiel 48:35 Jehovah Shama - The Lord is there

4) Salt covenant brings peace in the assembly. We will be a blessing of peace. Mark 9:50 Blessed are the peacemakers. Jesus links salt, covenant, and loyalty with peace. Have salt in yourself - be a servant of all - then peace will come. Col 3:12-15 describes New Testament saltiness. A broken bone when it is healed is said to come to "peace." My saltiness is key to someone else's peace. Let the peace of Christ rule! (The most influential person in your life is the one you can't forgive).

Mind the salt shaker this holiday season. Preserve God's order. Don't lose your savor. Be at peace with each other. Look for surprises this week.