Sun am 28 January 2018 – Riaan Sinden
(Heb. 3:7); (Zech. 4:6); Matt. 5:13 – KJV; (John 2:1-11); Ex. 19:3-6; 1 Peter 2:9; Lev. 2:13; Num. 18:19; 2 Chron. 13:5; Col. 4:6; Isa. 11:2; (Ps. 34:8)
In today’s world, ”evangelism” needs an upgrade. Now more than ever is it essential that we rely on the Spirit of God to lead us. We need to hear what the Spirit of God is saying at this time. Today if you hear my voice do not harden your hearts (Heb. 3:7). It is not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord (Zech. 4:6). We need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. The world has grown tired of religion where people sound so important that they are mixing the truth with self-importance. When they speak the only thing coming through is a puffed up personality and that is not what God wants. This is a ‘kairos’ moment, a time where God is calling us to obedience. We need to hear what the Spirit is saying at this time. My question: If we are the Church, what are we serving the world at our banquet table? The Church is the body of Christ and as the body of Christ we need to be His feet, His hands, His voice, representing Him, and manifesting His presence, His person, His nature. You are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses its flavour how shall it be seasoned it is: then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men (Matt. 5:13 – NKJV). He is saying that if we are the salt of the earth but we lose our flavour, our relevance, our authority and our impact how can we be of any use? If we lose our salt flavour, the power of His presence is lost. We then become lost in the crowd and we have no relevance in our existence. If we are the salt of the earth why is the world hurting, why are they looking for alternative options to the flavour that we are supposed to give? In this season God is bringing us to an understanding of His truth. If we submit to this truth God will accelerate His purposes in this world. There needs to be a connection with truth.
When Jesus was at the wedding feast, His mother came to Him and said “My son they have no wine”, but He said it was not His time. She went to the servants and told them, “Whatever He says to you, do it”. They did as He said and filled the water pots. By the time they started serving it was wine. You should know that wine takes a long process, definitely more than a day or a few weeks, but Mary connected it to the truth and accelerated a miracle (John 2:1-11).
When Jesus came to His disciples telling them that they were the salt of the earth, as Jews they instinctively knew what Jesus meant. Salt is symbolic and represents the covenant between God and His chosen generation, the Church. Salt is a symbol of that covenant. And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel (Ex. 19:3-6). ‘Special treasure’ in the King James version is ‘peculiar’ See also 1 Peter 2:9. You are a chosen generation and you will be kings and priests. There are two scenarios here: we are the salt of the earth but also the covenant where we are brought to a kingship and priesthood with our forerunner, the pattern Son, Jesus, as King and priest in the order of Melchizedek. You are not just pew warmers, but you are a chosen generation and you will be kings and priests.
Priestly Covenant: And every offering of your grain offerings 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 (Leviticus 2:13). The offering was to be seasoned with salt and this was the salt of the covenant. All the heave offerings of the holy things which the children of Israel offered 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 (Num. 18:19).
Kingly Covenant: Should you not know that the Lord God of Israel gave the dominion to Israel to David forever to him and his sons by a covenant of salt (2 Chron. 13:5). When Jesus told His disciples that they were the salt of the earth, He was saying that He brought them to Himself (reconciling all men to Himself). If they obeyed His voice and kept His covenant (obedience) then they would be a peculiar people above all people (a chosen generation). They would be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (the word becoming flesh, an accurate representation of Christ). Jesus was called the son of David, He was the King and we honour Him, we worship and we praise Him, He is the King of kings. He also became our High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek, who was a priest and king forever. There is no end to this. This made Him the forerunner of who we are on the earth today.
The body of Christ, the Church is to be an accurate representation of who Christ is. We are Christ in the earth. When He said we are the salt, He was referring to Himself because Jesus was and is the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavour, it is good for nothing; it has no power and no influence. Salt without flavour or strength is thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. Being trampled is being belittled, being enslaved to worldly system thinking, but good salt preserves, seasons and prevents decay. Salt cleanses, purifies and heals. When Jesus said to them, “You are the salt of the earth” He was saying that they were the preservative of the earth, to keep it from decaying, to purify and to heal it. Without you, evil will take over and if you do not take your place as the salt of the earth, you are leaving the door wide open for evil to sweep in.
We cannot blame others, the buck stops here. Our lives must be drenched with the flavour of salt. We need to be salty. When we go into the world, the salt flavour must come out in the right amounts. Too little will have no effect; too much will spoil the taste. Salt must come out of us in the right amounts because salt also represents the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person (Col. 4:6). For people to receive our message, it must be in the right spirit and approach. Our nature must be seasoned with salt as this is the nature of the pattern Son, Jesus. This is where we start manifesting Him, being a demonstration of who He is in the earth. We will be able to answer any man no matter what their standing, what they believe or their level of revelation (Isaiah 11:2).
In snowy countries, they use salt to melt ice especially when they want to clear the roads. Salt has the power to melt the icy hearts of men. The Hebrew word for salt is ‘melach’, meaning to rub to pieces, to pulverise, and to disappear as dust, to dissolve. When salt is used it disappears, it dissolves into the food. Salt used in the right measure adds the perfect taste to food. You cannot see it any longer, but you know it is there and you can taste it. David said in the Psalms, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8). The salt itself disappears when used and this speaks of a faceless, governmental people that do not look for any acknowledgement or recognition. We are just the salt in the earth and we represent Christ in the earth. We do not look for recognition; we do not want to be acknowledged; we stay faceless because we are representing someone higher than us. Salt is only identified by its collective. One grain of salt will not be recognised. It is in the collective that salt becomes powerful, effective and relevant. This is once again referring to the body of Christ. Our salt flavour must be experienced by those who are burned out by religion, those who are hurting and those who do not know God yet. Only then will be able to save the next generation.
If you come to the realization and the revelation that we are lost without Him and it is His presence we are breathing, and that is what we hunger for, then the salt flavour will touch the earth. We are living in a ‘kairos’ moment and the desire of my heart is that we step into it in obedience.