The topic for this week’s #livefreeThursday is “salty.” When I looked up the word “salt” on biblegateway.com I came across an interesting passage:
Season all your grain offerings with salt to remind you of God’s eternal covenant. Never forget to add salt to your grain offerings. Leviticus 2:13 NLT
This passage reminded me of what I learned about ten years ago. I sat in the office of an Ear-Nose-Throat specialist. After extensive testing he presented me with the diagnosis: Ménière’s. My presciption? No caffeine and no salt. I had less of a problem with “no caffeine,” but wasn’t quite sure what to do about the “no salt” part. After a few days spent on Google I concluded this would be the hardest diet change I had ever done.
My research showed that salt and sugar are basically everywhere. Did you know that during processing of table salt aluminum is used to whiten the salt which makes the salt bitter? To counter the bitterness sugar is added!
I was devastated by what I learned when reading food labels. I ordered a few books on salt-free cooking and baking. From reading those books I learned that it’s a lot more efficient to add salt at the table than during cooking. When you cook without salt and add salt at the table, you use a lot less salt and lower your sodium intake.
I grew up saying grace before each meal. Most times I still say grace before a meal. And then I add a little salt to my meal. Sounds a lot like an Old Testament offering to me.
God required his people to add salt to all their offerings, not just the grain offering (Leviticus 2:12-16). Why? Salt was supposed to remind the people of “God’s eternal covenant.” That’s a whole new picture for me. When I thank God for the meal I am about to eat, and when I season my meal with salt, I should remember “God’s eternal covenant.” I never thought about it this way when I sprinkled some salt on my food. I like this idea, this symbol.
Next time you and I grab the salt shaker, how about we pause and offer a prayer of thankfulness and remember God’s eternal covenant!