It’s Monday night and time for another great installment of this study of the Sermon on the Mount by my friend Don. Blessings and enjoy!
In my last post, we began to look at Yeshua’s instruction that Believers are to be salt and light. In this post, we will conclude our study with a deeper understanding of what it means to be salt and light.
“You are salt for the Land. But if salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except being thrown out for people to trample on. You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:13-16 (CJB)
In both verse 13 and verse 14 the pronoun you is emphatic. The idea is, “You are the only salt for the land” and “You are the only light for the world.” The world’s corruption will not be retarded and its darkness will not be illuminated unless God’s people are its salt and light. The very ones who are despised by the world and persecuted by the world are the world’s only hope.
The ‘are‘ in both verses stresses being rather than doing. Yeshua is stating a fact, not giving a command or request. Salt and light represent what Believers are. The only question, as Yeshua goes on to say, is whether or not we are tasteful salt and effective light. The very fact that we belong to Yeshua makes us His salt and light in the world.