Day 4 Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus opened his mouth and taught them how one lives in such a way as to represent His kingdom.  He not only gave the action but also the unique reward of each.  Then He followed the methods to be used with the goal of their duties:

“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world…”

We are so familiar with the phrase “salt of the earth” it is surprising Google says so little about its origins.  “Matt. 5:13 and 1350-1400; Middle English” is about all you get from dictionary.com except for this definition:

Noun – an individual or group considered as representative of the best or noblest elements of society.

I think that is probably just what Jesus has in mind.  You are to be the best and noblest elements of society.  You are salt in that manner.  Scattered all around and stirred in – a flavor that cannot be missed.  In a world that is so desperately in need, if the church (you or I) is present, no one should ever have to say, “Pass the salt.”

In the same way, lost travelers are always looking for a land mark to find their way.  Jesus has placed His own beacons strategically on a hill. Not to be fortified or unapproachable, just up where people can find it.

If someone stumbles into this city they should find good works: healing, help, provision, mercy – people who bring honor to the owner of the city.

“Nil utilius sole et sale”.  “There is nothing more useful than sunlight and salt,” wrote he Roman scholar Pliny the Elder (23-79 C.E.).*

Well said, Pliny, well said.

*http://www.nationalcatholicreporter.org/sanchez/locked/cyclea/ordinarytimea/sunday0596a.htm

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3 thoughts on “Day 4 Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5:13-16

  1. Light is constant. It does not have multiple settings. There is light or there is darkness, which is the absence of light. We say that we turn on “the light” in our rooms, but it is an inaccurate statement. We turn on the lamp because, if it were truly “light,” off would not be an option.

    As Christians, we “are the light of the world.” Our witness is constant, just like light. We do not have the option to turn it on and off. We cannot pick and choose when we represent Christ. People judge Christ everyday by what they see in those who claim or seem to be Christians. Therefore, it’s up to us to ensure that our light is pure and our witness is true. I hope those around me are not misled by what they see.

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