A Meditation: On Leviticus 2:13 // You Shall Offer Salt //

by Matheus Yuhlung

“You shall season all your grain offerings with salt. You shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be missing from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt” – Leviticus 2:13

The difference between the offerings of Cain and Abel was the heart behind it. This salt mentioned in the scripture (I’m meditating on today) regarding the offering laws in Leviticus is nothing but the heart of gratitude that forms the sin qua non of this ceremony.

A year ago, I sweat tirelessly with a few brothers in community service but I never felt the outcome of our combine efforts nowhere near the word blessed. The reason was the detached heart that the majority had while serving the community and the church. And that had a huge influence on me. We worked for the sake of working. In such, lip praise was abundant. But there was no spiritual growth.

Now I realized it was the salt that was missing. No reason why Israel was instructed to send back half hearted soldiers before fighting the Canaanites[1], the same reason why Saul was taught that obedience is better than sacrifice[2] and the foremost example of why God accepted Abel’s offerings.[3]

As Christians it is essential that we learn to garner the salt of the covenant through the word and prayer and apply it in practice while we serve Him. Remember we were called to be the salt of this world.[4] And without this salt, let us not forget – all our pious works has no relevance at all.

[1] Deuteronomy 20

[2] 1 Samuel 15:22

[3] Genesis 4:4

[4] Matthew 5:13

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