Scripture Reading: Mark 9:31-50
Matthew 5:13—follows on the heels of persecution.
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.
Savor—insipid, flat, lost its flavor, good for nothing.
--Christian in name only; no actual difference from the world thus they bring no redeeming qualities in, no judgment, no witness, etc. There’s no hope for earth then.
--Doing the beatitudes is what salt tastes like.
Trodden under foot—a lifeless faith brings disrespect.
Salt is often used in reference to judgment. Lots’ wife nailed Jesus’ teaching here, no?!
Genesis 19:26--But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
--denotes judged, uninhabitable land in several places.
Salt is added to sacrifices
Leviticus 2:13--And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
--offering without salt was not acceptable. Preservative quality. Our lives are the sacvrifice, add the salt of Christlikeness to them.
Salt is used for adding flavor
Job 6:6--Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
2 Kings 2:21--And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.6 Let your speech be always with [in] grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Seasoned with salt—grace adds flavor, not salty speech like wit and cussing! Without insipid talk, Words of fresh and lively spiritual wisdom.
Be edifying, helpful, have a point.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
See your good works—warns against Pharisaic action done to “be seen of men.” 6:1, 5. Doing it for God rather than praise of people.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that [because] they are wrought in God.
Doeth—verse 20—practice, perform repeatedly, habitually. The means to the end, the pursuit of all that evil does. Evil is plural—evil things; truth is singular.
Doeth—verse 21—do, commit, execute. Truth is singular, the object and end.
Evil—worthless, no account, morally bad. Anything not useful.
Cometh to—opposite of hateth. Love of light is shown by seeking it.
--Both salt and light represent something good, and yet both also can be highly judgmental depending on who you are!
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
As Lights—appear as luminaries in the earth, as the sun and moon.
Holding forth—hold on, fix attention on, applying it.