In the Old Testament, when they gave offerings, they sprinkled salt on the offering. (Leviticus 2:13) We are commanded to offer salt with every offering.
In the Old Testament, there are two kinds of offerings: with animals and with grain. The meat offerings are offerings of repentance and redemption. The grain offerings didn’t have blood in them so they were offered with salt. God wants every offering to be given with our sweat, tears, and blood.
Sprinkle salt on every offering – God wants your offering to come from you, from your sweat, your blood. When you work hard, you sweat. When you sacrifice yourself, you give your tears and blood. God honors offerings that come through your blood, sweat, and tears.
When salt is put onto something, it melts away.
Put salt on every offering – your sweat, your blood, and your tears. Don’t give God offerings from something that costs you nothing. Don’t bring God offerings from gambling or other illegal things.
We need to be like salt. We need to melt away. We need to give God our tears in mourning for sin. Tears of repentance melt our hearts.
God sees the tears of your prayers as a fragrance before God, like the incense burned on the altar. (Exodus 30:35) When we give incense to God, our prayer of repentance and tears, it is a beautiful fragrance to Him. The prayer of tears is beautiful. (Revelation 8:3)
What kind of offering does God accept? Your tears. Your tears are salty.
12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
We need to mourn for this country. We need to pray for America to come back to God. We need to deeply pray with tears. God honors your prayer of tears.
Salt is very humble. If you put salt into your heart, you will have peace with one another.
50 Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”
If we become salt, we will have peace with one another. The reason we have strife, division, and fighting with one another is because we refuse to become salt. When you put salt into your stubborn and hard heart, it becomes very tender. Salt will tenderize your heart. Salt will cause you to become a kind and tender person.
We must believe in the salt covenant. We must put salt into our hearts.
The salt covenant didn’t end in the New Testament. All of those covenants are still in place today, passed down to us. (Matthew 5:17-20).
Jesus came to earth to fulfill the salt covenant and promise He made with Abraham.
In the New Testament, we are also commanded to sprinkle salt on our offerings to God. What does that look like? When you give to God, give with peace. Our offerings must be given with salt, even this day. Have peace with one another. Put Jesus into your offering.
Jesus is salt. Jesus came to fulfill the salt covenant. When he died on the cross and resurrected from the dead, He fulfilled with salt covenant promise.
The salt covenant is mentioned throughout the Bible. Our contract with God is the Bible. Our promise and covenant is the Word of God. When you pray using the Word of God, you are using the language of your contract with God. When you have a contract with someone, you have the right to expect whatever is promised. You have the authority to claim your promise.
1 John 5:4
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
When Jesus died on the cross, He fulfilled the salt covenant. He became the sacrificial lamb and priest forever.
Jesus commands us to be the salt and light of this world.
13 “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.
Be the salt of this world does not mean that you have good morals or do good works. It means that you sacrifice yourself for others. You give yourself as a living sacrifice. Living as salt means living a sacrificial life. Pray. Worship God. Live for God and others.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
We are sinners. We naturally live for ourselves. Everything is about “me.” We must overcome our nature and live for others. Take your eyes off of yourself and put your eyes on God and on the needs of others. Don’t hold onto the things of your life that will eventually take you to hell. Look up to God. If you are salt, you will melt away. When you melt away, you will bring flavor. When you melt away, you will preserve others. When salt melts away, it leaves its mark.
Jesus did not say, “Live like salt.” He said, “You are salt.” We are salt and we must live like it.
God bless you,
Pastor Sun East