Did you find yourself asking the question of how salt is made? A very common ingredient we use every day. We reach for it without even thinking. We can’t imagine eating food without it. Such an important and vital ingredient in our food and have you pondered on how its made.
I got curious to know more about salt because of this verse.
(“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”(Matthew 5:13))
When I looked into it more, salt has been used many times in the Bible in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
In the Old Testament, God has made his covenant through many things. One thing that I learned was the covenant he made with King David is a covenant of Salt. ( 2 Chronicles 13:5). The bible talks about salt a lot and it means a lot of things in different situations (like permanence, loyalty, durability, fidelity, usefulness, value, and purification).
While there are a lot of resources out there to help look further into it, that question that intrigued me and what led me here is what makes salt and how does it lose its saltiness.
Let me get a little technical here. Salt is a common ingredient found in abundance and is made of Sodium(Na) and Chlorine(Cl). One of the most important characteristics of salt is it is hydrophilic. A hydrophilic substance is something which loves water and attracts water from the surroundings. Salt has the tendency to attract the moisture in the air to form crystals. This nature of salt is so important that without which we would not function.
You might think I am exaggerating but let me tell you how salt helps in the most basic functions of our body. For instance, salt regulates the exchange of water between cells and their environment, aiding the absorption of nutrients and the disposal of waste into the bloodstream. ( Sodium, which the body cannot manufacture, is necessary for muscle contraction, as well as the transmission of nervous impulses. Chloride is essential for digestion and respiration) Even the saline solution that we get in hospitals is nothing but salt water being pumped into us for our daily needs.
For me, salt losing its saltiness is for it to lose its most important ability to attract water from its surroundings. But did you recognize the salt we see in our homes daily is not like that? It is being filled with impurities to make it not attract moisture when left out.
Salt losing its saltiness is a reference to salt that is contaminated with other minerals, causing it to lose it most important functions.
(For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13))
It may be a symbolic reference to the possibility of forsaking or deviating from the God, due to being affected by the impurities of this world. So, this verse in its essence serves as a warning for all of us to be on guard; to be in the world, but not of the world.
So let us all be like salt that is widespread and be in the world but not contaminated by being of the world and losing our saltiness.
(For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring. (Isaiah 44:3))
Have a blessed day…