Sunday Reflection: A Covenant of Salt

God made agreements with His people in many unusual ways—with stars (Gen. 15:5), a rainbow (Gen. 9:13-16), and even salt, which is mentioned three times in the Old Testament (Lev. 2:13; Num. 18:19; 2 Chronicles 13:5). By definition, a covenant is a formal, binding agreement or promise. And this type of commitment requires mutual trust that the other party will abide by the terms.

Because salt keeps its flavor for a long time, it became a symbol of endurance in the ancient world. And so the substance was used to seal an agreement between two parties—to establish trust and ensure that the promise made would endure above all else. We, too, are asked to make a lasting commitment to the Lord—to profess our faith, pray without ceasing, and draw near to Him.

Think About It

  • Take a few minutes and read Genesis 9:1-29 and Genesis 15:1-21. What might stars and rainbows have in common with salt?
  • What is the “salt” in our commitment to God? How do we demonstrate our loyalty today?

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From In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley

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