What Does Salt Represent in the Bible?

Posted by: Brittney Zellner

Salt is symbolic of justice, both a righteous judgment and a lack thereof. Lot’s wife became a symbol of excessive objectivity and lack of moderation of Yah’s judgment when she looked back possibly in pity at those being judged, adding her own opinion to his verdict. The salt in the offerings shows that even if our hearts are offering what they should that they are worthless and cannot be enjoyed completely without the savor of justice.

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Justice and good judgments purify a community and a covenant of salt would be symbolic of a commitment to the justice of Yah. We are directed to be his justice in this world. In short, salt represents objectivity and being realistic. Yah’s justice is as true and as fair as it gets but if we lack his objectivity or we are excessive with it than we will not be useful to his kingdom.

In addition to that, the root of the Hebrew word for salt can possibly mean a tempering together of two things to become a part of each other but can also mean a tearing away of something. These are the results of a good judgment. When the judged receive a positive judgment they are being tempered together into the righteousness of Yah and when the guilty receive a negative judgment their unrighteousness is being stripped away from it.

Today, in my opinion, most Christians/believers seem to have an imbalance of Yah’s justice. We are either excessive with it (adding our own opinions) or lack Yah’s good judgment entirely. We have to work on not losing our saltiness.