Salt of the Covenant- Matthew 5:13

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” (Matthew 5:13)

Salt of the Covenant

When discussing the levitical sacrifices, the Torah says, “all your offerings you shall offer salt” (Leviticus 2:13). In the days of the Holy Temple, a pile of salt was kept on the altar for this purpose. Unlike so many other rituals and so many other commandments, in this instance, the ritual is explained to us. The Torah goes on to explain that the salt symbolizes the “salt covenant of your God.” It is defined as a “covenant symbol.”

In the ancient world, salt was chiefly employed as a preservative. Before chemical additives and refrigeration, salt was the only means of preserving meat. That is why the commandment to salt the offerings is coupled with the prohibition on allowing leaven. Both are intended to avoid fermentation. The Tabernacle sacrifices must be maintained in an imperishable state.

Because salt was the preservative of the ancient world, salt came to represent a state of permanence. A “covenant of salt” was a covenant of perpetual obligation. Two other biblical passages refer to “salt covenants.” Both of the passages describe the salt covenant as everlasting and eternal:

“It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD to you and your descendants with you.” (Numbers 18:19)

“Do you not know that the LORD God of Israel gave the rule over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?” (2 Chronicles 13:5)

Salting of the offerings symbolizes the eternal nature of God’s covenant with Israel. Therefore, the offerings themselves represent various aspects of that same covenant. Each sacrifice and each function of worship within the Tabernacle symbolized some characteristic of the covenant. In this sense, the sacrificial services can be seen as visual dramatizations of the covenant between God and His people.

In traditional Jewish observance, the home is regarded as a small temple, and the table within the home is regarded as an altar. Every Sabbath and festival, bread and wine are placed before the LORD on the table. A blessing is pronounced over the cup and the wine is shared. Then a blessing is pronounced over the bread. It is salted, broken and shared. These simple covenant rites have survived over 3,000 years.

By partaking in the cup and the bread on Sabbath and the festivals, we reenact a covenant remembrance that finds its origin on the altar. We eat from the table of the LORD.

The Twelfth Biblical Month of Adar

Adar is the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar.  The word ADAR means, “strength.”  This is the month of good fortune for the Jewish people and is the month of joy.

The “JOY” of Adar is what makes this the “pregnant” month of the year.  Seven of the nineteen years of the Jewish calendar are “leap years.”  Which are pregnant with an additional month of Adar.

Adar is the month of Naphtali which means “sweetness to me.”  This is a time of celebration because any curse is overturned during this month and things become sweet.  Adar is a good month but also a dangerous month.  Continue reading “The Twelfth Biblical Month of Adar”

The Power of the Fast

Tonight at sundown we begin a 21 day fast.  The kind of fast that God will bless is found in Isaiah 58.   God has this embarrassing conversation with Israel.  They are fasting outwardly but inwardly their heart was not in it.   So He reads their mail.   These four things he says will not work when you fast.  1.  The way you treat people at work and oppress the labor force ( even at home with spouse and children),  2.  The way we stir the pot with drama.  Always upset or frustrated about someone or something,  3. The anger and bitterness in us to the place we use our fist like the wicked, ie. destructive behavior, and 4.  Wickedness in civil arena and wickedness even against our enemies.  Continue reading “The Power of the Fast”

Curses That Blocks Blessing in the Month of Tevet

One of the curses that blocks blessing in our lives is found in the power of the tongue.  Proverbs 18:21, “death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  The number one way a curse can come on your life and block your blessings is in the words you speak to yourself and others.  Many times we curse ourselves by the words we speak.  Words can release the promises of God, and words can block the promises of God.  There is a creative force behind words that are spoken.  Continue reading “Curses That Blocks Blessing in the Month of Tevet”

Weekly Torah Portion

Jacob lived his last 17 years in Egypt. The sages say that they were his best 17 years. (Tov, the Hebrew term for “good,” has the numerical value of 17.) Jacob was a spiritually refined person, who had spent years studying Torah in the Land of Israel (then still called Canaan), the holiest place on earth. Yet his best years were in Egypt, a land of decadence, idolatry and moral depravity. How could that be?Continue reading “Weekly Torah Portion”

The Biblical Month of Tevet


The Month of Tevet is the Tenth Biblical month which started eight days ago on Sundown Wednesday, December 12.  It is a month to mature and grow on a path toward destiny and purpose.  Here is some of the highlights on this month.  We at Wellspring israel have learned to live our lives from month to month according to the focus of the Hebrew calendar.  It will help you on how to pray, intercede, and live out your days.  Each month corresponds with one of the tribe of Israel.Continue reading “The Biblical Month of Tevet”