Pastor's Corner

Matthew 5:13 (CEB)
13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It's good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people's feet.

In my research for my sermon last Sunday I ran across a Time magazine article from 1982 entitled “A Brief History of Salt.” (Time Magazine; March 15, 1982; http://time.com/3957460/a-brief-history-of-salt/) The second paragraph of that article says, “The history of the world according to salt is simple: animals wore paths to salt licks; men followed; trails became roads, and settlements grew beside them…As civilization spread, salt became one of the world's principal trading commodities.”

 

Do you think Jesus was telling us that disciples of Jesus Christ are just as essential to life as the crystals in the salt shaker most of us take for granted? Not only is salt used to flavor food, it can also preserve it. People have also used it as an antiseptic to treat wounds. On the African continent salt has been used as currency. “As early as the 6th century, in the sub-sahara, Moorish merchants routinely traded salt ounce for ounce for gold. In Abyssinia [Ethopia], slabs of rock salt, called amoles, became coin of the realm. Each one was about te inches long and two inches thick. Cakes of salt were also used as money in other areas of central Africa.” (Time Magazine)

“If the importance of a food to a society can be measured by the allusions to it in language and literature, then the significance of salt is virtually unrivaled. Nearly four pages of the Oxford English Dictionary are taken up by references to salt, more than any other food.”

Jesus believes you (Disciples) are essential to life on this earth. Does that change how you see yourself?

See You Sunday, Steve

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