A Dash of Salt

You are to season each of your grain offerings with salt; you must not omit from your grain offering the salt of the covenant with your God. You are to present salt with each of your offerings. – Leviticus 2:13

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I grew up in the southern U.S. and, therefore, like a little salt (or “blood pressure medicine” as one friend calls it) on just about everything I eat. In ancient times, salt was used to seal a truce between former enemies or as a symbol of an alliance between close friends. It was also symbolic of permanence, endurance, preservation, and freedom from corruption. Perhaps this is why God required Israel to apply salt to every offering they brought before Him. Salt served as a tangible reminder of the permanence of His covenant.

Which raises a question, “Shouldn’t we also “salt” our offerings?” Shouldn’t the life, the gifts, and the service that we bring before the Lord somehow reflect an understanding of the permanence of His covenant with us … a covenant made possible by the shed blood of Christ? All that we do and all that we are is made possible by God’s loving, unchangeable, covenantal grace and it is this remembrance … this acknowledgement of His covenant, like a dash of salt, that seasons our offerings and makes them that much more pleasing to the Savior.

If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know the One who has said, “Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge His people.” – Hebrews 10:28-30

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