Salt of the Earth


I read an article in a magazine about ways to use salt for things other than food preparation.

That brought to mind these scriptures from the Bible.

(KJV) Mark 9:50 “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.”

(KJV) ” Matthew  5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted, it is therefore good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

Salt was used in ancient time for seasoning and preserving food.  The scriptures tell us they also used salt for: New born babies were always bathed and rubbed with salt. Salt was used with their sacrificial offerings. Sometimes captured cities were doomed to utter destruction by sowing the ground with salt.  Abimelech did this to Shechem (Judges 9:45)

In the Bible the word salt is often used in a figurative sense: typifies barrenness and sterility.

Jesus calls His true disciples, “the salt of the earth.”

The magazine article gave these tips from the 1950s on using salt.

  1. Sprinkling salt in a frying pan before frying fish will keep it from sticking to the pan.
  2. Scour fishy pans with salt water before rinsing them in fresh water to get rid of any fish smells.
  3. Corn on the cob is softer if you add salt to the water after it starts to boil.
  4. Do not add salt to eggs before making omelets, because it makes them watery.
  5. You can eliminate darkening if you pickle with plain salt instead of iodized salt.

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