Matthew 5:13 – Salt of the Earth

Matthew 5:13
 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

-Often when we read this verse of scripture, we take away the idea that if the “Salt of the Earth” loses its flavor, it becomes good for nothing but to be thrown out as trash.  While that is a perfectly acceptable meaning, let’s consider a deeper meaning for a moment. It has been a wartime practice throughout history to sow fields with salt in order to keep crops from being able to grow.  Usually a conquering army will do this as a gesture of revenge or dominance. (Judges 9:45)  If salt is no longer good for flavoring or preserving food, its only remaining use is to destroy land.  The lesson: For those of us who are numbered among the “Salt of the Earth”, if we fall, we don’t just take ourselves down (although that would be bad enough); we inevitably present a stumbling block that will keep others around us from growing as well.


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