Salt and Light, part 1
Matthew 5:13 “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.
Mark 9:50 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.”
Luke 14:34-35 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Numbers 18:19 “All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the Lord, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; it is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord with you and your descendants with you.”
Leviticus 2:13 And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt.
II Kings 2:19-22 Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.” 20 And he said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went out to the source of the water, and cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’” 22 So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.
Job 6:6-7 Can flavorless food be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? 7 My soul refuses to touch them; they are as loathsome food to me.
QUESTIONS FOR LIFE
1.With what example of salt did you most connect? Why?
icy roads – pavement salt licks
Epson salts – healing flavoring
saltwater salt rubs
other not mentioned
2.Why did Jesus use such a common household item like salt to best describe those that follow Him? Explain.
3.Of the eight beatitudes, tell your group about a time you were salty, that is, you responded in the way Jesus wanted you to in that situation.
4.Who is the saltiest person you know? Why?
5.Tell us about someone you know who was at one time salty (not revealing their names), but lost their saltiness.
6.Can you tell your group about a time you “froze up” or got scared when an opportunity to share Christ arose. In other words, your salt remained in the shaker.
7.What would you like to do to be more influential in other people’s lives for Christ?