Friday, January 27, 2017

Group or personal study: Matthew 5:13 Being Salty

For the next few months (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 

Group/private Study

Study

QUESTION: What historical purpose is salt used for?

There might be many answers even that salt was used as a means of currency, but the three main uses for salt in the historical world that Jesus lived were for healing, preserving (keeping foods from spoiling) and adding flavor. The Scripture we are looking at today specifically mentions salt so we need to understand how the people of Jesus day would have used it.

READ: Matthew 5:13 You are the salt if the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and tramples underfoot as worthless.

QUESTION: In what way, might disciples of Jesus bring flavor, preservation, and healing?

No matter how many ways you talk about it, disciples of Jesus are supposed to bring flavor, preservation, and healing.

Though in modern time, we understand that salt never becomes unsalty. It can become impure to the point that is isn’t usable. In historical times when salt became impure and unusable, they would say it was no longer salty. This type of salt was not useful for its original purpose and would be thrown on the ground and walked on.

This is a warning to disciples. Ignoring the personal spiritual aspects, Jesus is making it clear a disciple can become worthless to the purpose God has called them.

QUESTION: Please refrain from naming names but, do you think the reason some people discount Christianity is because people who have called themselves Christians haven’t been “the salt of the earth?”

You have a choice either be the disciple Jesus wants you to be or be worthless. Let us renew our commitment to follow Jesus.      


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