Today, let’s look at “salt.” The Hebrew word “melach” comes from a root word which means to rub to pieces or pulverize, to disappear as dust, or to season or rub with salt.
One of first times it’s used is when Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt, (Gen.19:26).
Though “covenant” is not specifically used in this story, the angel made an agreement to wait to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah after they safely reached the city of Zoar, but “don’t look back,” (19:15-22). For whatever reason, leaving her lifestyle, friends and family behind (maybe even her heart), she did not TRUST and keep her part of the agreement. For that she was judged severely and turned into “a pillar of salt,” or disappeared as dust (19:26).
Abimelech, after killing all the people and destroying the city of Shechem, scattered salt over it, (Judges 9:45). Again, the idea of pulverizing and scattering in the wind. GOD repaid the wickedness of Abimelech and the men of Shechem (Judges 9:52-57).
“Melach” (salt) is not only associated with death, destruction and judgment, but also with the sacrificial system (Lev.2:13). Hebrews 9:11-10:18 points to the ONE who would take our punishment or judgment for all of our sinful actions. In Christ we find forgiveness and a restored relationship that was broken because we refused to TRUST GOD’s way of living.
The Challenge today is to make certain we are TRUSTING in Him and His way. Be blessed today as you live out Christ in your life.
Covenant of Salt. Part 3