Salt Shakers – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

“You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men,” Matthew 5:13, NIV.

This sounds like one of those “good news/bad news” scenarios.  You are the salt of the earth and that is a great thing – congratulations.  However, if you don’t use what you have been given, its off to the dumpster for you!In later Rabbinic literature the use of the word “salt” was equivalent to using the word “wisdom”.  Salt is a good thing.  But since it is possible that this conversation happened in the Aramaic language of casual conversation, then Jesus actually uses a word play here that is interesting.  In Aramaic, the word for salt is tabel and the word for foolish is tapel.  So the message is if you are not tabel then you are tabel.

Chemists will tell you that it is impossible for salt to lose its saltiness.  There is great irony in disproving that thought today in light of how things work around the Dead Sea.  Impure salt that was and is taken from there does indeed loses its chemical makeup because it evaporates.

Salt has two basic functions: preservative and flavor enhancement.  If Christians are the salt of the earth, what does that mean?

As preservatives, we have the specific task of ensuring that the Gospel message does not get spoiled.

  • We must hold firm to God’s word and not “make up” things to prove any of our points.  For example, nowhere in the Bible does it say that God helps those who help themselves.
  • It is impossible to hold firm to God’s word if we don’t read and study it daily.
  • We must call false teachings out by name.

As flavor enhancers, we must make the Gospel come to life for all to see and hear.

  • Witness – lead by example.
  • Live according to God’s laws above man’s laws.
  • Hold to higher moral standards.
  • Don’t get on any bandwagons, but love your neighbor as you should, follow the Golden Rule.
  • Be a positive force of grace and goodness.
  • Be meek – a sign of strength under control – and not weak.

But really, what is the main purpose of salt?


Do not be hearers of God’s word only – put it into action!

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