God’s Creation – The Salt Covenant
October 15, 2001 4:00:56 AM
Recently we had quite a discussion during the Monday Night Forum regarding salt. Question? Is it Biblical to sprinkle salt in and around our homes to purify and sanctify them to Yahweh, since salt is widely used by witches and the occult in their ceremonies?
Where is the Biblical proof? Did Yahweh say to sanctify and purify our homes with salt, to Him? Does salt have power, and if so, is it evil or Godly?
I have to admit, I did not find any Scripture that said, “Take salt and pray over it, then walk to the area that you want to purify or sanctify, sprinkle lightly in those places, and call on the LORD.”
However, I did not find any Scripture that said, “If witches use anything that was used in holy ceremonies by God or His People in the Bible, discontinue using it immediately, it is now evil.”
God is the creator of all things. Salt was created by His Hand and used in His ceremonies to consecrate, purify, protect and to curse. Satan is well aware of God’s Ways and creations. He knows which ones have power and he uses them for his own purposes.
The fact that Witches and such use salt in their ceremonies does not take away the power or symbol of what salt means to God and His People. In Witchcraft, just as in the Bible, salt is considered to be a natural purifying agent. It is used to cleanse an area in which a ritual or magical circle will be erected.
Some Witches/Wiccan’s sprinkle salt on the ground to purify the sacred space. Others mix salt with water and sprinkle it on the ground. In some traditions, salt is placed in a bowl on the altar to represent the element of Earth.
Consecration/Witchcraft: This is an act of purifying and dedicating an object or a place. Most Wiccans/Witches consecrate a new ritual tool, deity statue, or a piece of jewelry, and so forth. In many traditions this involves “sprinkling” of salt or salted water on the object, along with the introduction of incense smoke. A special oil can also be used to anoint and thereby sanctify. Typically an invocation is spoken during this process, announcing that the negative energies are being removed and the positive energies are being instilled.
A consecration can also be done in the name of a spirit or deity. For example, one might wish to dedicate a ritual wand to the service of a god or goddess. One might also wish to consecrate a statue to serve as an altar symbol of divinity. In such cases, the cleansing is performed as customary and then the object is “anointed with oil” in the “name of the spirit or deity.”
***Hmmm. If witches use salt to cleanse an area from all spirits, so they can call on the ones they want, that is a pretty good confirmation that any and all spirits leave an area when salt is applied.
Some deliverance ministers have used salt in their sessions as well as; crucifixes, oil, wine, incense, candles, holy water and a mix of holy water and salt. In Luke 10:34 the Good Samaritan poured oil and wine into a man’s wounds.
I found some other interesting items that Witches use in their ceremonies that are Biblical. I wonder who told them to do all this stuff?
The Olive Tree (Olea Europaea) is a sacred tree in southern European paganism and witchcraft. In Aegean/Mediteranean mythology Athena/Minerva created the olive tree in a competition against Poseidon for mastery of an important seaport (Athens). Therefore the olive tree was considered sacred to Athena/Minerva and, as a sacred item, olive oil was used as a fuel for temple lamps.
The Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans carved many of their deity statues from olive wood. The olive, though primarily a symbol of peace, was also a Greek Symbol of war in its association with Athena. Victory wreaths often sported both lauel and olive leaves. However, the olive was more noted as the symbol of the goddess Pax (Latin for “peace”), under whose name messengers and other individuals often requested asylum.
In ancient times the olive tree was believed to be the dwelling place of the moon, and therefore it came to symbolize the moon. This symbolism tied the olive to the ancient Moon Virgin race, the prize being an olive branch. This race was an archaic form of the hieros gamos, the divine marriage of the sun god and moon goddess.
Honey is a symbol of immortality, initiation and rebirth. As such it was used as an offering to the gods, ancestral spirits, and spirits of Nature. Mixed with wine and milk it was called the nectar of the gods. Honey was used in ancient times to anoint in initiation because honey itself was the result of a mysterious process of transformation performed by bees.
The gathering of honey from a beehive was a risky business in ancient times and so, honey became the symbol of obtaining knowledge through pain. Honey was also used as an offering for the dead and thus, we find the association of bees with departed souls.
How about this, in ancient times, honey was employed as part of a formula for preventing pregnancy. It was mixed with the juice of Roman nettle (Urtica pilulifera) and applied to a strip of linen. The linen was inserted into the vagina prior to intercourse. The honey presented a barrier and the nettle juice acted as a spermicide. Prostitutes in Roman brothels used this method and there are records of it having been used in ancient Egypt as well.
Blood is also used in ceremonies by the occult, Witches, Wiccans, and cults. Many have black masses and use the cross as one of their symbols. The list goes on and on. Satan uses anything and everything he can to pervert Yahweh’s Stuff.
Think about it. He is not a creator. He is not God. He doesn’t have anything of his own. He robs, steals, and destroys what God creates.
So, what about the real purpose for salt? How and what did God create salt for? Is it symbolic or demonic?
Salt was a necessary seasoning for food and a preservative – without it, food spoiled easily in the hot desert climax. Rock salt was obtained from mines deep in the earth’s surface and The Dead Sea produced an inferior salt, but it’s accessibility made it a major source of salt in the Holy Land. The Dead Sea has a salinity of nearly 10 times that of regular seawater and it cannot sustain plant or animal life.
We read in Genesis 29:26 Lot’s wife looked back in willful disobedience to Yahweh and was turned into a pillar of “salt.” Since salt is known to be a preservative, it is believed that this act of rebellion was to be preserved for generations, plus salt is a permanent chemical. The punishment of this woman was to be permanent for all to see for a long, long time.
In Leviticus 2:13, it is revealed salt is to be used in all offerings. “And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
(NIV: Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.)
***I don’t believe salt was used here as a preservative for the sacrifices. It was the renewing of the covenant, purification and sanctification. Notice, we are told to use salt with all our offerings. If we pray and offer our lives and homes up as an offering, should we not use salt?)
The offerings were seasoned with salt as a reminder of the people’s covenant (contract) with Yahweh. Salt is a symbol of HIM in a person, because like salt He penetrates, preserves, and aids in healing.
When God becomes a part of you, He is every aspect of your life, preserving you from the evil all around and healing you of your sins and shortcomings.
Numbers l8:19 reveals the covenant which Yahweh makes with His people and in this verse it is characterized by purity, permanence, stability and savour.
“Yes, I am giving you all these holy offerings that the people of Israel bring to the LORD. They are for you and your sons and daughters, to be eaten as your permanent share. This is an eternal and unbreakable covenant between the LORD and you, and it also applies to your descendants.”
What does “SALT” represent?
Salt: Being possessed of purifying, perpetuating and antiseptic qualities, “salt” became emblematic of fidelity and friendship among eastern nations. To eat of a person’s “salt” and so to share his hospitality is still regarded thus among the Arabs. This partaking of salt by different persons together is regarded among the Arabs as a pledge of friendship. It is equivalent to a most solemn covenant.
Numerous instances are recorded in history about the covenant initiated by travelers who share salt together. So deeply rooted is this sentiment that intended robbery has been abandoned when the robber has accidentally eaten salt while getting his plunder. Travelers have sometimes secured their safety while in the midst of wild Bedouins by using stratagem in getting the Arabs to eat salt with them.
Macgreor tells how he outwitted a sheikh who had made him a prisoner, and whose disposition seemed to be rather unfriendly. “We had now eaten salt together, and in his own tent, and so he was bound by the strongest tie, and he knew it.”
So too, by using salt in their sacrifices ages ago, people were bound to Yahweh, just as we are today, in the most solemn of covenants. We, as Christians, are in the “covenant of salt” with Yahweh.
Food was and is seasoned with “salt.” every meal offering was to contain it, and it was to be offered with all offerings presented by Israelites, as emblematic of the holiness of Christ, and as betokening the reconciliation provided for man by God on the ground of the death of Christ. Lev 2:l3.
Salt was actually a part of Israelite worship an indication of the b’rit of covenant
“And you shall season each of your grain offerings with salt; you must not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offering—you are to add salt to each of your offerings.”
(Note: This is not iodized salt, See Part One Salt)
It would appear we are supposed to have been using salt with all of our offerings to God. I had always thought of salt as just a seasoning on the table for food with no holy attributes. I never knew salt could be so important in my life. Now who would have removed that information from me? Does everyone else know about this, but me?
More on Salt
To refuse God’s provision in Christ and the power (efficacy) of His expiatory sacrifice is to expose oneself to be “salted with fire,” (Mark 9:49-50).
For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.”
While “salt” is used to fertilize soil, excess of it on the ground produces sterility (Deut 29:23; Judg. 9:45; Jer. l7:6; Zeph 2:9)
(Notice it says that if we use too much salt it can be a curse. Thus, I believe “sprinkling” is a good idea when we use salt.
(***Salt is used not only as a symbol of the covenant made between God and His People, it is what seals the deal. The salt binds us together legally. It is a heavenly symbol.)
In Deuteronomy 29:23 Here we are shown salt as a part of the symbols of God’s judgment and curse wherein He prevents the growth of all green things in order to punish the enemy.
And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the Lord overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:
In Judges 9:45 Abimelech used salt as a curse and he “beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.”
“And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren. And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put “salt” therein. And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. SO THE WATERS WERE HEALED UNTO THIS DAY, ACCORDING TO THE SAYING OF ELISHA WHICH HE SPAKE.” II KINGS 2:19-22
****BINGO HEALING FROM SALT BEING THROWN INTO THE WATER AND IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.
(Notice Elisha said there would be no more death or barren land. He purified and sanctified the water and it was protected and is still pure to this day. If we make a salt covenant with God, He is no respecter of persons, He will heal our land, homes, lives, whatever. We need to renew our salt covenants with God.)
In Ezekiel 16:4 the chapter reveals there was no period of preparation in the forming of the nation of Israel.
God called Abraham, he obeyed and began the Nation of Israel immediately. He did not receive the usual treatment at birth. During this time new born babes were rubbed with salt in order to harden their skin; this operation was supposed to make it dry, tight and firm. It may have also been applied as an emblem of purity and incorruption.
When Jesus was born they probably called an experienced midwife. She may have helped Mary through her labor, as later tradition described. If so, it was this unknown Bethlehem midwife who cut the baby’s umbilical cord. Following typical procedures she would have brought water, or asked Joseph to fetch some, and then bathed the child. TO PREVENT INFECTION, she would have rubbed salt all over Jesus’ body.
Salt was added to sacrificial offerings (Ezek 43:24), and infants were rubbed with it after birth (Ezek 16:4)
Jesus called his disciples the “salt of the earth,” likening their role to the preservative qualities of salt, which kept food free of contamination. Yet he cautioned them not to become worthless like salt that has lost it’s flavor (Mt 5:13).
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
Selah: We as disciples are to keep ourselves free from contaminants of the world and to help others. We are the walking, talking testimony of Christ. Jesus knew that salt preserved from corruption, that’s what He wants us to do. Preserve from corruption.
Salt was the choice for preventing bacteria from poisoning food. It was so vital for this purpose that wars were fought over salt, and entire economies were based on it. Salt could literally make the difference between life and death in a time when fresh food was unavailable.
Salt For Pay
Two thousand years ago the Roman Empire paid it’s soldiers in salt. The storage vault for salt was called in Latin, the salarium, from which comes the English word “salary.” Ever since Roman days, a worker who does poorly “isn’t worth his salt.”
In Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
(From the Dakes Bible: Let your speech be always spiced and seasoned with answers that will oppose sin and preserve from the corruption thereof. Let it be holy, wise, gracious, Christian, savory, wholesome, courteous, respectful, desirable and worthy of being kept in the memory of others.)
You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? Matthew 5:13 Let not our salt be diluted by the ways of the world. Let us remain salty in our representation of Christ.
We need to be aware of the qualities salt has which we do not see in the natural. I know I will never look at my salt shaker the same way because, now I understand, when I salt something, it is not only for taste, but maybe that is the renewing of my salt covenant with God and He is using that to protect me. Salt by the Spirit, is a prophetic/spiritual symbol to me, the same as my communion, the cross, holy water and oil.
There are so many things that have been taken away from the Kingdom of God by the enemy through deception and the lack of knowledge. I see where many do not like music, song and dance. What a shame. God created music in the very beginning. Satan took them, perverted and stole them from us.
Well, for me it stops here. You cannot have what God has given me. They are mine and to be used for the Kingdom of God to set the captives free. You cannot have my salt!
I will include a little salt in my purse, right next to my oil and my bible. I make a new covenant with My God to stand and not let anything or anyone dilute my salt or steal my weapons. I will take those thoughts captive, I will study and dig into the Word, I will clean out my ears and listen and I will call out to My Father in prayer and supplication.
In looking back to the beginning of my posting, I guess I have not been able to find the Scriptures to prove Biblically where it says for any of us to personally use salt to protect, make covenant, purify, sanctify, cleanse from evil spirits, curse or heal.
But, you know what???? My spirit is alive and well and I hear, “Use what’s in the House of God!” Well, that’s My House and baby, I have Salt!
References: King James Bible, John Hagee Prophecy Bible, NIV, New Jerusalem Bible, Bible Readers Companion, New Concise Bible Dictionary, Webster’s Nineth New Collegiate Dictionary, Holman New Testament Commentary, Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, Manners & Customs of the Bible, A Dictionary of Bible Types, Reader’s Digest, Jesus And His Times.