SALT. A basic seasoning staple in all homes. It takes the bland and gives it a savory flavor that enhances the taste of so many foods. It is hard to imagine eating French fries without it. SALT combined with dark chocolate and caramel? No doubt a gift from God. SALT can also be used as a preservative for foods. When my grandparents butchered their own meat, SALT was their preservative of choice. SALT was also something familiar in Biblical times as it is found forty one times, and yet its meaning varied in the Old Testament and New Testament. Many of us are familiar with the Scripture references in Matthew, Mark, and Luke where Jesus speaks of believers as the SALT of the earth. Matthew 5:13 NKJV says, “You are the SALT of the earth; but if the SALT loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Is Jesus just referring to us as a seasoning?
To determine the lesson our Lord was impressing upon these believers after His famous Sermon on the Mount instructing the Beatitudes, we need to dig into the Greek word SALT to gain a deeper understanding. SALT in Strong’s Concordance is #217 halas, a Greek word simply meaning prudence. Jesus was calling us to be the prudence of the world. Prudence as found in Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is wisdom applied to practice. We are the wisdom applied to practice of the earth. Webster goes on to say that prudence differs from wisdom in this, that prudence applies more caution and reserve than wisdom, or is exercised more in foreseeing and avoiding evil, than in devising and executing that which is good. It is sometimes mere caution or circumspection. Prudence is the species, of which wisdom is the genus. Basically prudence is a byproduct of wisdom. Webster then defines wisdom as the right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable (praiseworthy, commendable) ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. Putting this all together-We are the SALT (choice of praiseworthy, commendable ends exercised in foreseeing and avoiding evil) of the earth! We are the seasoning imperative to show the world that they can truly taste and see that the Lord is good. It is through our wise choices and the completion of them looking ahead to avoid evil that a confused world confirms the God they cannot see into something tangible through His power working in our lives. Our flavor is in Christ alone. Without Him, we lose that flavor and in the words of Jesus, “It is good for nothing but to be trampled underfoot by men.”
Proverbs is known as the book of wisdom. King Solomon, David’s son was and is unequaled in wisdom. His writings in Proverbs are nuggets applicable to every area of life. They are timeless words of guidance full of wisdom and prudence helping us to choose laudable ends and to foresee and avoid evil. Proverbs has thirty-one chapters. One chapter for each day of the month. I strongly urge you to make reading the Proverb of the day a daily habit. I have been reading these wise words for decades, and when I have kept them, I have been guided into the best choices and have avoided tragedies. My SALT was flavorful. Conversely, when I have let my own will and emotions get in the way, I have paid the price and some flavor in my SALT was lost. Thankfully we have a redemptive Saviour capable of restoring us when we fall.
Seek prudence. Get wisdom and then apply it to practice. In doing so you will be a seasoning full of flavor as a representative of God. You are the SALT of the world.