Have you sought the Master diligently, yet you sense something is missing?
Have you continued to fast and pray diligently, yet you sense something is missing?
Have you died to self, offered yourself as a living sacrifice, carried your cross daily, and are committed not to your will, but to Father’s will, yet you sense something is missing?
Have you, because of Love for the Master, given your ear to the Doorpost, to become a Bondslave to serve the Master forever, yet you sense something is missing?
Have you continued to grow in a heart attitude of Submission, yet something is still missing?
We may go through the above checklist, and conclude that there is indeed something missing. The sense of ‘something missing’ is merely a symptom. Let’s look at the probable cause: the salt is missing.
The Salt of the Covenant
Perhaps the most prevalent malaise present among Believers today can be sensed in the above symptoms. These symptoms are not those of half-hearted Believers, but are found among committed, dedicated Disciples of the Master Himself.
And because these symptoms are found among the company of the Committed, they are likely due to only one cause; perhaps you have offered yourself as a living sacrifice, but without the required Salt of The Covenant:
“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.” (Leviticus 2:13)
“For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.” (Mark 9:49)
What is the salt?
Many may speculate what this required salt speaks of, but Scripture tells us what it is. Let’s look at some words of Yahushua.
Salt and Light
Below are two similar “salt” passages seen in the Gospels. They have two separate parallel, prophetic themes, but are shown together having one main theme, connected by association.
Let’s arrange and mark the main theme and parallel themes, and look at the phrases, in the following verses:
“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]. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:13-14)
“Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Luke 14:34-35)
The two separate main themes seen above are shown in bold; the parallel ‘salt’ themes are underlined:
“Ye are the salt of the earth... Salt is good…”
“Ye are the light of the world. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear…”
These two main themes are one. As we found in Righteousness As The Light, we see throughout Scripture that ‘Light’ speaks of Righteousness. When Yahushua said, “I am the light,” and then tells us that “Ye are the light,” He is not speaking a contradiction. He is telling us that He-in-us is the Light — that is, ‘Messiah-in-us’ is who produces the light, the works of Righteousness.
In the above passages, the prophetic tag “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” alerts us to look for a highly-prophetic meaning within this passage-pair.
Taken together, we see the two main themes are one theme: salt and light are equivalent in meaning. Just as we found that light is the righteous acts of the Believers, we see also that salt is the righteous acts of the Believers.
Further confirmation is seen in the Greek words for “lost its savour.” The Greek word is morainos, Strongs number <3471>, meaning “foolish,” and comes from the Greek word moros, <3474> meaning “fool; foolish.”
We saw in Discovered in Scripture: Oil of the Wise Virgins that wisdom in Scripture is to be a “DO-er” of all of Scripture. We also saw that the foolish are those who are hearers, but not “DO-ers” of all of Scripture. We must conclude that the salt with lost savour is “foolish” salt — not a “DO-er” of all the Scriptures.
Let’s notice also the words and phrases in the above passages that are different. Notice the phrase, “and to be trodden under foot of men” hints that our treading, our walk among men is associated with salt or lack thereof.
Additional confirmation can be seen by the Reader, by noticing two different Greek words are used for ‘salted’ and ‘seasoned.’
In order to confirm what we think we see in the above passage, we must find further witness of Scripture.
The Prophetic Words of James
James gives us a further glimpse of what this salt is:
“Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” (James 3:12-13)
Here James associates plants producing dissimilar fruit, with one who is considered ‘wise’ but produces dissimilar works. This same theme is seen in the fountain or spring producing water of dissimilar ‘saltiness.’
James is warning us that for the amount of knowledge we have, we may not be displaying the appropriate fruit in our daily lives, that should be common among those in a Covenant relationship with our Father. That is, our works are not be commensurate with our spiritual growth in Him.
Next, let’s notice the reason James gives for this lack:
“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.” (James 3:14)
Here the word ‘But’ connects this verse with the previous verses. From this passage, we may conclude that if we are truly seeking Yahuweh on the one hand, yet continue to strive against the Truth of Yahuweh’s Word on the other hand, we are living a lie, and are not practicing the Truth. We will suffer lack.
We may now conclude that our lack is a lack of fruit, of works, and that we lack ‘salt’ in our inner being — we lack the ‘Salt of the Covenant.’
What does this tell us?
We might have wandered a little from ‘The Way.’
Yahushua said, “I am the Way.”
Yahushua may be living within us, but if — because of our doctrines — we prevent Him from keeping His own commandments while living in our bodies, then we are out of the Way. That is when we are not abiding (remaining) in Him.
What is the cause of this lack of saltiness?
Perhaps we have been beguiled by the Doctrine of Balaam, who rejected Yahuweh’s earlier Word to him, but tried to obey Yahuweh’s later Word. The result was that Balaam was turned out of ‘The Way’ while riding on his donkey (the Hebrew word for donkey comes from a word meaning ‘strength’).
When we reject part of Yahuweh’s Word, while riding on our own strength, we too can be turned out of the Way — when we reject the fullness of Messiah-in-us to provide His strength to maintain His full Testimony in us.
When we rely on our own strength, we are doing just as Balaam did. When we reject Yahuweh’s earlier Word (the Old Testament—the Torah), but obey only His later word (the New Testament), then we, like Balaam, become turned out of ‘The Way.’
We are in ‘The Way’ only when we allow the His life (the Life of Messiah-in-you) to be evident. His life 2,000 years ago consisted in the living out of the Torah in its fullness, when He was in His own body!
His Life-in-us today is the same — it is Messiah-in-us, living out the Torah in its fullness, by His Grace — by His ability, and by His strength. Notice that it is the obedience to Torah that becomes the evidence of the Living Truth living within us, according to the apostle John:
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1John 2:4)
Here we see that John mentions the same items as James — the issue of lying against the Truth, which is the result of not keeping Yahushua’s commandments. Many today have forgotten that Yahushua’s commandments include those He gave to Moses!
Let’s see what further confirmation we find in Scripture.
Salt: By the Numbers
Our heavenly Mathematician has hidden an intricate number pattern throughout the Scriptures. These numbers reveal Father’s signature on all of Scripture. These numbers do not create truth, but may be used to confirm the simple, plain-sense meaning of the Scriptures. For reference, one may find many books written on the prophetic numbers of Scripture.
For example, let’s notice the word ‘salt’ in all its English variations occurs 33 times in the Old Testament, with the Hebrew word variations occurring 37 times.
The Greek words translated into English variations of the word ‘salt’ occur 14 times in the New Testament, where the word is translated strictly as ‘salt’ 10 times. Taken together, all of these salt numbers confirm to us the prophetic meaning (the ‘now’ meaning) of what the Salt of the Covenant really is:
- The number ’33’ speaks of the life of Messiah-in-you, which speaks of our being in ‘The Way.’
- The number ’37’ speaks of the Word of Yahuweh, but more specifically, not just the hearing, but the doing of His Word.
- The number 14 speaks of the entire process of Salvation. By this we know this issue of ‘salt’ is a serious covenant issue—a foundational issue.
- The number ’10’ speaks of the Testimony of Yahuweh, and speaks of the Ten Commandments. Thus we see that keeping His Commandments, His Testimony, is a vital salt (covenant) issue.
These divinely-arranged number patterns confirm the words spoken by James. The ‘Salt of the Covenant’ is the Life of Messiah-in-us, when tempered together so closely together with us, that the two of us become one. The salt is seen in us when we allow Messiah-in-us to live out His Truth in us, and we begin to do the ‘works’ of Messiah.
The works of Messiah can be seen throughout the Gospels. Here we may see the daily lives lived out by Yahushua and His Disciples, as they lived and walked in submission to Yahuweh’s Testimonies, which include keeping Father’s Eternal Covenant Festivals found in Leviticus 23.
When we are allowing Messiah-in-us to keep all of His Testimonies, we are yielding to the Living Truth, and we are ‘working out’ our Salvation. But when we resist doing the Truth, and thereby strive against Him who is the Truth, the required salt of the covenant is lacking.
Let us repent from the Doctrine of Balaam we have learned in our journey along The Way. Let us stop rejecting the Word of Yahuweh. Let us have salt in ourselves.
As we repent, and begin to walk in obedience to all of His Word, we will begin to come into His presence in a way not yet known. We will then begin to see the Salt of the Covenant, and we will begin to see the fruit of our sacrifices, and our seeking, and our submission.
When we are abiding (remaining) in Him by obedience, we no longer sense something missing!