EXTERMINATE THE LEAVEN AND NEVER LACK SALT!

A brief look at The Feast of Unleavened Bread

12th of the 1st month 2018/2019

Shalom to you all,

In just a couple of days we will be celebrating the Feast of Matzot/Unleavened Bread. As a small fellowship, we will be coming together at the end of the 14th day of this month and celebrate Pěsaḥ together as we will enjoy the great Feast, beginning at sunset on the 14th, which marks the beginning of the 15th of the 1st month and the beginning of Matzot/Unleavened Bread.

Each year, as we draw closer to this week-long Feast, we find ourselves doing a lot of key preparations, in ensuring that we keep this Feast with great joy, in accordance to the clear instructions given to us in Scripture. There seems to always be the same various debates or views that arise in respect to what must be done and what must not be done, and so in this message I want us to carefully consider what Scripture tells us and get clarity in understanding the simplicity of the Truth, without the ‘leaven’ of vain and false traditions that have often skewed interpretations that have led to mixed understandings.

This Feast of Pěsaḥ and Matzot teaches us many vital life lessons, of which we can learn what we are to get rid of in our lives, as well as what we are to ensure is never lacking in our lives; and therefore, be able to draw near to our Master with a true heart in completeness of belief, having our hearts sprinkled from a wicked conscience and our bodies washed with clean water.

In a message called, “EXTERMINATE THE LEAVEN AND NEVER LACK SALT!”, may we be fervently seeking to please our Master and Elohim, יהושע Messiah!

On the evening of the 15th we will have our Pěsaḥ (Passover) Meal with Unleavened Bread and will keep the Feast of Matzot (Unleavened Bread) for 7 days, with the 7th day being the last day when we will celebrate the waving of the sheaf of the first, which is on the day after the weekly Sabbath during Matzot, being the first day of the week where יהושע offered up the First Fruit offering of the Harvest of souls unto the Father.

As we consider what we do in preparation for this Feast, and how it speaks to us, not only physically or literally but also spiritually and metaphorically, let us do so with a rejoicing heart, in great celebration of the redeeming work of יהושע Messiah for our lives.

Shemoth/Exodus 12:14-17 “And this day shall become to you a remembrance. And you shall celebrate it as a festival to יהוה throughout your generations – celebrate it as a festival, an everlasting law. 15 ‘Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. Indeed on the first day you cause leaven to cease from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that being shall be cut off from Yisra’ĕl. 16 ‘And on the first day is a set-apart gathering, and on the seventh day you have a set-apart gathering. No work at all is done on them, only that which is eaten by every being, that alone is prepared by you. 17 ‘And you shall guard the Festival of Matzot, for on this same day I brought your divisions out of the land of Mitsrayim. And you shall guard this day throughout your generations, an everlasting law.

There are a number of key elements that stand out here in this passage, and first off, we need to realise that it is a ‘remembrance’! This Feast of Pěsaḥ and Matzot is a remembrance to us! The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘remembrance’ comes from the root word זִכָּרוֹןzikkaronH2146 which means, ‘memorial, commemoration or remembrance’ and comes from the primitive root word זָכַרzaarH2142 which means ‘to remember, or be mindful, or bring to remembrance’.

There is NO WAY that we, as set apart and chosen people of Elohim, must neglect to remember to Keep His Feasts!!! They should be in the forefront of our thinking, constantly remembering to guard and keep ALL His Appointed Times!

For His Feasts also help us to continually be reminded of His Mighty work of redemption that He has bought for, and brought to, us through His Own Blood! And His Sabbaths and Feasts are a clear reminder that He is coming again to fetch His Ready Bride! A Bride that He has called out, cleansed and clothed with righteousness!!!

We are commanded to ‘remember’ the Sabbath day, to set it apart. We are commanded on Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets) to have a ‘remembrance of Teruah’, which causes us to ‘remember’ that we are a betrothed Bride that is to be set-apart, making Herself ready, and so, this ‘remembrance’ that Pěsaḥ and Matzot is to be for us is no different in recognising the continual theme of remembrance that all the Sabbaths and Feasts become for us, in order to be properly marked by the sign of set-apartness as we guard to keep all the Sabbaths and Feasts of יהוה.

 

When יהושע Messiah had His last meal with His taught ones He told them, when taking the cup and bread, that they were to do this in ‘remembrance’ of Him, which Sha’ul also reminds us of in Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 11:23-25, showing us how this lines up with Shemoth/Exodus 12:14 with the instruction that this day (that is the first day of Matzot which begins at sunset of the 14th when we have the Pěsaḥ Meal) shall become a remembrance.

This has both the meaning of how it is a day that must be continually remembered, as well as how it would become a remembrance to us; for when Messiah was impaled and shed His Blood for us, this day became an everlasting remembrance, a continued remembrance of how we proclaim His death until He comes again!

 

For more on when we eat the Passover Meal, please see the notes of the message called, ‘PASSOVER MEAL – ON THE 14TH OR THE 15TH OF THE 1ST MONTH?’ under the sermons 2018/2019 menu on our site (http://atfotc.com) or by clicking on the following link:

http://atfotc.com/index.php/our-sermons/sermons-2018-2019/743-passover-meal-on-the-14th-or-15th-of-the-1st-month

Secondly, we are to ‘celebrate it as a festival to יהוה’!!! You cannot remember this feast without CELEBRATING it!!!

If one does not remember to ‘do’ this Feast of Pěsaḥ/Matzot then how will one remember the work of deliverance that our Master has done for us and if one cannot properly remember that which He has done, by not following His clear instructions in regards to keeping His Feasts, then they are in severe danger of being marked as those who work lawlessness and not being ‘remembered’ by our Master but cast out! The True called out, royal, set-apart bride of Messiah celebrates!!!

The Hebrew word translated as ‘celebrate’ is the verb חָגַג ḥagag – Strong’s H2287 which means, to make a pilgrimage, keep a pilgrimage, celebrate a feast, observe a feast, dance’, and the Hebrew root word translated as ‘festival’ is the noun חַג ḥag – Strong’s H2282 which means, a festival, feast, sacrifice, festival gathering, solemnity, which comes from the root verb חָגַג ḥagag! We are to חָגַג ḥagag a חַג ḥag, so to speak! The word solemnity means, a solemn event or occasion, formal or ceremonious observance of an occasion or event.

The Hebrew word חַג ḥag – Strong’s H2282 which means, a festival, feast, sacrifice, festival gathering, solemnity, in the ancient pictographic text, looks like this:

 gimelchet 

etחַ:

The ancient script has this letter as chet which is a tent wall’, and carries a meaning of SEPARATION’, as a tent wall separates two halves of the tent; or it can also reflect the outside walls that separate the people inside from that which is outside and so can also symbolise protection and security to those inside, while picturing a cutting off of those who are outside. Hence this letter can mean ‘established, secure’ as well as ‘cut off, and separated from’. As a tent wall we are also able to recognise the picture of stones being built up to make a complete wall, having been separated from the world and built up in the master!

Gimel – ג:

This is the letter ‘gimel’, which in the ancient script in pictured as gimel which is ‘a foot’ and carries the meaning to ‘walk, gather, carry’, as clearly referring to the functions of a foot; and it can also give the meaning of a gathering of people, and we know that ‘feet’ in Hebrew speaks of one’s walk and ability to keep the Feasts of יהוה, and represents one’s ‘walk’, and therefore also pictures for us the idea of ‘gathering’.

 

This word, in its ancient pictographic form, can have the meaning of:

SEPARATED GATHERING

This teaches us the necessity of being gathered together as commanded, in order to properly perform the Feasts of יהוה.

This Feast is a formal observance of this event, done so with great joy, and can even be done with dancing!!!

 

This Feast is also a ‘solemn event’, reminding us that this is not just some regular meeting, but rather it is a formal occasion that calls for our utmost respect, attention and reverent observance! And this is what all His Feast are to be for us! Understanding this should cause us to make sure that we give the proper respect and commitment to all of the Feasts of יהוה. This means that we should never make excuses not to perform them nor be absent from attending them; making sure that we are always punctual with our complete observance.

 

Many people will never miss a business meeting or even a social event with their colleagues and friends yet will often shrug off the need to show proper respect for gathering for The Sabbaths and Feasts of יהוה, when we are clearly called to.

Let us be reminded how we are to treat His Feasts with the utmost respect and joyful reverence, for these are our ‘scheduled meetings’ with our Master and Redeemer! These are our ‘fixed dates’, so to speak, with our Husband and King!!!

We are told that this is an everlasting law! It is not a burdensome law!!! We are commanded to have a great feast!

For seven days we are to eat ‘unleavened bread’ – this is a command, just so by the way!!! I say that because some are often so focused on getting all leaven out of their homes that they overlook the command to actually eat unleavened bread every single day of Matzot!!! A critical part of our proper remembrance and observance of this Feast is to make sure we eat unleavened bread every day!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘you shall eat’ is תֹּאכֵ֔לוּ toelu which comes from the root word אָכַל aal – H398 and means ‘eat, consume, devour or be devoured’.

This same root word is used in:

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1:19-20 “If you submit and obey, you shall eat the good of the land; 20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword, for the mouth of יהוה has spoken.

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘you shall eat’ is תֹּאכֵֽלוּ toelu and the word translated as ‘you shall be devoured’ is תְּאֻכְּל֔וּ te’ukkelu , both coming from the same root word - אָכַל aal – H398.

So in essence, what is being declared here in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1, to a stubborn and rebellious Yisra’ĕl, is simply this: if you submit and obey you will eat and enjoy the good of the land – if you rebel and refuse to submit and obey you will be eaten by the sword – that is His Word that will consume you up and devour you in judgement according to His righteous right ruling! We have a choice – eat His Word and walk in Him and be satisfied or eat all the junk that is on offer from the world and neglect His Word and be eaten by the very Word that you have rejected. It is not a difficult concept to grasp – the question remains – how is your diet, and more importantly – what is filling you?

Eat right and live or live wrong and be eaten:

Guard the command to get rid of leaven and then eat unleavened Bread for 7 days or disregard and you shall be consumed!

 

The Hebrew root word that is translated as ‘unleavened bread’ is מַּצּוֹת֒ Matzot, which is the plural of the word מַצָּה matstsah –Strong’s H4682, which means, unleavened bread, without leaven’ and comes from the primitive root word מָצַץ matsats – Strong’s H4711 which means, to drain out, suck.

 

Bread without leaven” is what I want to look at a little more closely, as well as what we are commanded to get rid of.

We are told that we are to cause leaven to cease from our houses, and the Hebrew root word that is translated as the ‘leaven’ that we are, ‘to cause to cease from having in our homes’, is שְׂאֹר se’or – Strong’s H7603 which means, ‘leaven, swelling by fermentation’ and this comes from the primitive root word שָׁאַר sha’ar – Strong’s H7604 which means, ‘to remain, left over and to swell up’. שְׂאֹר se’or – Strong’s H7603 is that which causes fermentation or leavening. שְׂאֹר se’or – Strong’s H7603, in the ancient times, was understood as being the left over batch of old dough that had been left long enough for fermentation to be reached, and sometimes this is called sourdough or yeast.

This remaining ‘old fermented left-over dough’ would be added to a new batch of dough in order to assist in the bread making process. שְׂאֹר se’or – Strong’s H7603 is not limited to bread alone, but generally refers to that which causes fermentation, and once it is added to a product it becomes ‘leavened’.

We are commanded to not consume that which is leavened, which is the Hebrew noun חָמֵץ ḥamets – Strong’s H2557 which means, that which is leavened, which comes from the primitive root verb חָמֵץ ḥamets – Strong’s H2556 – which means, ‘to be sour or leavened, or that which is leavened’. חָמֵץ ḥamets – Strong’s H2557 is not the leaven itself, but rather it is that which had been leavened, and is typically understood as bread that has been leavened.

What is worth taking note of however, is that the root word translated as ‘vinegar’ is derived from the verb חָמֵץ ḥamets – Strong’s H2556, and that is the Hebrew noun that is spelt with the same letters but has different vowel pointings: חֹמֶץ ḥomets – Strong’s H2558, which is a clear indication for us that ‘vinegar’ is something that should be removed from our homes during Matzot.

It is no coincidence that this word is closely related to that which is leavened, as it pictures for us the great work of our Master, who removed the bitterness of sin!

Tehillah/Psalm 69:21 “And they gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

This verse in Tehillah/Psalm 69:21 was a prophetic wording of that which would be done to the Master when He was on the stake, as we see in:

Yoḥanan/John 19:29 “A bowl of sour wine stood there, and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and held it to His mouth.

Here we are able to see a clear picture of the removal of the last of the ‘leavened/soured’ product, representing our sin and lawlessness, as we take note that after this we are able to see in the next verse, the clear words of Messiah declaring that the cleansing has been done, as He Himself had caused leaven to cease, before the great Feast:

Yoḥanan/John 19:30 “So when יהושע took the sour wine He said, “It has been accomplished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

The Greek word used here for ‘sour wine’ is ὄξος oxos – Strong’s G3690 and is the word that is used in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of the Tanak) as the equivalent for the Hebrew word חֹמֶץ ḥomets – Strong’s H2558.

What is worth taking note of at this time, is the notion that many have, in saying that alcoholic wine is something that is permitted during Pěsaḥ and Matzot. Is it??? I don’t think so!!!

In Hebrew there are 3 words that are used in referring to wine or grape juice, which is either fermented or unfermented. The Hebrew word that is typically translated as ‘new wine’ is תִּירוֹשׁ tiyrosh – Strong’s H8492 which means, fresh or new wine, grape juice, must.

‘Must’ is the expressed juice of fruit, especially grapes, or is understood as being the pulp and skins of crushed grapes, hence this word תִּירוֹשׁ tiyrosh is understood as fresh grape juice that has just been squeezed out!

The word that is translated more frequently as ‘wine’ is the Hebrew root word יַיִן yayin – Strong’s H3196 which means, banquet, wine, grape. While most assume that יַיִן yayin – Strong’s H3196 is used exclusively in reference to fermented grape juice or alcoholic wine, we need to realise that there are many references in Scripture where this word can also be understood as being grape juice. While there are many examples I could mention, I will just highlight a couple, to show that יַיִן yayin – Strong’s H3196 can refer interchangeably to both fermented and unfermented grape juice.

Here are a couple of examples of verses where the word יַיִן yayin – Strong’s H3196 is used, yet when looking at the context, needs to be understood as meaning fresh grape juice and not a fermented alcoholic drink.

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 16:10 “Gladness is taken away, and joy from the orchard; in the vineyards there is no singing, nor shouting; no treaders tread out wine in their presses; I have made their acclamation cease.

The context of this passage relates to Elohim’s judgement upon Mo’aḇ for their pride, and part of this judgement is in the removal of gladness and joy from the orchards and vineyards.

Here we are told that there is no singing or rejoicing and that there are no treaders to tread out the wine in their presses! While the Hebrew root word יַיִן yayin – Strong’s H3196 is used here, it is clear that this word is referring to that which is tread out in the press, which is grapes – hence there will be no grape juice. Some may argue that this is a poetic imagery of allowing the grape juice or יַיִן yayin – Strong’s H3196 to become alcoholic.

We see a similar passage in:

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 48:33 “Joy and gladness have been taken away from the orchard and from the land of Mo’aḇ. And I have made wine to cease from the winepresses. No one treads with shouting – the shouting is no shouting!

Once again, we are given the imagery of the treading of grapes that will be made to cease! The grape juice from the press would be made to cease!

In another clear example of יַיִן yayin – Strong’s H3196 not meaning an alcoholic beverage, is seen in:

Ěḵah/Lamentations 2:11-12My eyes are spent with tears, My inward parts ferment, My bile has been poured on the ground Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people, As children and the infants languish In the streets of the city. 12 They say to their mothers, “Where is grain and wine?” As they languish like the wounded In the streets of the city, As their life is poured out in their mothers’ bosom.

Once again, the word יַיִן yayin – Strong’s H3196 is used here and is translated as ‘wine’, yet we need to look at who it is who is asking for this. In verse 11 we see how the children and infants languish in the streets! Infants – that is small babies and toddlers! The children and infants say to their mothers – ‘where is grain and wine?’. We need to understand the clear context here – there is absolutely no way that a child or infant is going to ask their mother for alcoholic wine!!!

While there are many other references I could make, I simply wanted to highlight that we can in no way limit the Hebrew word יַיִן yayin – Strong’s H3196 as that which refers only to a fermented grape juice or alcoholic wine, but that while it certainly does refer to this in many instances, it can also be rendered as the simple reference to fresh or unfermented grape juice.

 

The 3rd Hebrew word that we find in Scripture that is used in connection with wine or strong fermented drink is שֵׁכָר sheḵar – Strong’s H7941 which means, intoxicating drink, liquor, string drink, which comes from the root verb שָׁכַר shaḵar – Strong’s H7937 which means, to be or become drunk, drunken, make yourself drunk.

What is also interesting to take note of is that nowhere in Scripture is any reference made to the Cup that the Master took when He had His Last Meal with His taught ones as being alcoholic. In fact, there is no mention of any wine or grape Juice, yet we understand that the grape juice, or understood as the ‘blood of the grapes’, refers to the Blood of Messiah.

We partake of the Cup by drinking ‘grape juice’ in remembrance of His Blood that was shed for us, and we realise that He Himself has taken away the שְׂאֹר se’or – Strong’s H7603 – that which causes fermentation, when He took the ‘sour wine’ and then said it is finished!

Coming back therefore to the Feast of Pěsaḥ and Matzot, we find clear reference to making sure that we too cause שְׂאֹר se’or – Strong’s H7603 to cease from our homes, and this includes that which causes bread to rise or ferment, as well as any vinegar or sour wine!

In the passage of Shemoth/Exodus 12:15 that we read, the instruction is clear, “you cause leaven to cease from your houses”.

The Hebrew word that is translated as the phrase’ cause to cease’ is שָׁבַת shaḇath – Strong’s H7673 which means, to cease, desist, rest, observe, observe the rest, put an end, and here it is written in the ‘hiphil’ verb tense, which expresses a causative action that can be understood as meaning, to cease or put an end to, remove, exterminate, destroy, cause to desist from.

We are therefore commanded, in a manner of speaking, to ‘EXTERMINATE THE LEAVEN’!!!

While we do this practical application, we realise that, in the practical observance of this command, we are reminded of how we are to rid ourselves of much leaven that can cause us to become full of pride and sin, which we need to cleanse ourselves of:

Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 5:7-8 “Therefore cleanse out the old leaven, so that you are a new lump, as you are unleavened. For also Messiah our Passover was offered for us. 8 So then let us observe the festival, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of evil and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Greek word for ‘leaven’ is ζύμη zumē – Strong’s G2219 and is the Greek word used in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of the Tanak) as the equivalent to the Hebrew word שְׂאֹר se’or – Strong’s H7603, and it is this ‘old leaven’ that we are to cleanse out and cause to cease from our dwellings. This Hebrew word שָׁבַת shaḇath – Strong’s H7673, which means, cause to cease, exterminate, is also used in the hiphil tense in another passage of Scripture which I feel is pertinent to this teaching:

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 2:13 “And season with salt every offering of your grain offering, and do not allow the salt of the covenant of your Elohim to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you bring salt.

The phrase, ‘to be lacking’ is translated from this Hebrew word שָׁבַת shaḇath – Strong’s H7673, and so here we see a very vital lesson being given to us at this time of the year!

 

While we are to exterminate the leaven, we must never lack salt! We are commanded in Scripture that with all our offerings we are to bring salt! Romiyim/Romans 12:1 tells us that we are to offer up our bodies as a living offering, set-apart and well pleasing to Elohim for this is our reasonable worship. Having said that, it is clear then that if we are to be an offering, living that is, unto יהוה, then we too are to be salted – for all offerings must have salt!

We are to season with salt very grain offering and the grain offering in the Hebrew is known as מִנְחָה minḥah – Strong’s H4503 and means, ‘a gift, tribute, meal offering, present. This is a picture of something that a bride brings to please her husband! There is no blood in this offering and therefore does not represent atonement for sin, however it does still represent the one bringing it and is symbolic of the work of our hands, as it is prepared by the one bringing the offering. Once we accept the atoning work of Messiah, we must not stop there, but must rather continue daily in bringing Him our all as we recognise clearly that what we do daily does count.

 

In the ancient Hebrew script, the word מִנְחָה minḥah – Strong’s H4503 which means, ‘a gift, tribute, meal offering, present’, is pictured as:

heychetnunmem 

 Mem – מִ:

 

The ancient script has this letter as mem  and is pictured as ‘water’, and also carries the meaning of ‘chaos’ (from the storms of the sea) and can also picture that which is mighty or massive as well as the unknown. We are also able to understand this letter as representing the nations, for the nations are often likened to the seas in Scripture. This also carries for us the picture of washing, as we understand the function of water being that which cleanses us and sustains us, showing us how we are washed and sustained by the Living Waters of the Word! This letter also can represent any liquid, especially blood!

Nun – נְ:

The ancient pictographic script has this letter pictured as nun, which pictures asprouting seedand gives the idea of continuation or an offspring or an heir, speaking of that which sprouts forth will be the heir of the promise of continuation, and represents one’s life expectancy, and can carry the meaning of ‘new life or renewal, rebirth’.

etחָ:

The ancient script has this letter as chet which is a tent wall’, and carries a meaning of SEPARATION’, as a tent wall separates two halves of the tent; or it can also reflect the outside walls that separate the people inside from that which is outside and so can also symbolise protection and security to those inside, while picturing a ‘cutting off’ of those who are outside. Hence this letter can mean ‘established, secure’ as well as ‘cut off, separated from’.

As a tent wall we are also able to recognise the picture of stones being built up to make a complete wall, having been separated from the world and built up in the master!

Hey – ה:

The ancient script has this letter pictured as hey, which is ‘a man standing with his arms raised out’. This word can also mean behold, look, breath, sigh and reveal or revelation; from the idea of revealing a great sight by pointing it out. It also carries for us the meaning of surrender, as we lift up our hands and submit to יהוה as we lift our hands in praise, declaring His authority under which we humbly submit!

 

As we look at this word in the understanding of a gift offering or tribute, we can see how this can represent our joy in bringing our lives daily before our Master and Redeemer, as a daily living sacrifice; for here in the ancient script we can see by this Word the Truth of how:

 

WE, WHO ARE IMMERSED IN MESSIAH, HAVING DIED TO SELF, ARE RAISED TO NEW LIFE IN HIM TO BECOME A PART OF HIS BODY, THAT IS – HIS TABERNACLE, AS PICTURED BY THE TENT WALL, IN ORDER TO OFFER UP THE DAILY PRAISE DUE TO HIS NAME!!!

 

Salt preserves, and so it is a picture of eternity and the perpetuity of the covenant. Salt was a valuable commodity in Scriptural times, and often Roman soldiers would even be paid, at least in part, with salt rations. There is a phrase that we often hear when someone doesn’t do a good job or their work is mediocre and substandard: “He is not worth his salt”. Salt is also a cleansing and healing agent; it renders the slaughtered animal unsusceptible to outside influences, reminding us that the absolute Covenant of יהוה is not to be altered. It can be ground up finer and finer yet is still always salt.

In fact, the Hebrew word for salt מֶלַח melaḥStrong’s H4417 comes from the word that means ‘to rub together, pulverise’. Salt cannot be destroyed by heat or water but can be destroyed by another chemical agent. There is no safety net if salt loses its savour; there is nothing we can add to salt to make it salty again.

Mattithyahu/Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt becomes tasteless, how shall it be seasoned? For it is no longer of any use but to be thrown out and to be trodden down by men.

What יהושע was saying here was that if you mix in a chemical substance, such as false teachings and traditions of men to the pure Covenant of יהוה, then you can become tasteless and be thrown out and trodden down!!!

Living sacrifices, offered with salt – this is total dedication – excuses are a sign that there is no salt in you!!!

 

The context for יהושע's calling us ‘the salt of the earth’ was one of persecution and endurance.

Mattithyahu/Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness’ sake, because theirs is the reign of the heavens.

If we undergo His grinding up, we must put what it teaches us into practice right away, or its purpose will be lost and we may just get pulverised!!! 

Trying to excuse away pure dedication and devotion to following the unadulterated Word of יהוה shows that salt, His salt, is not in, or being produced in, you and one’s speech will be a clear reflection of whether you are a salty set-apart believer or not!

Marqos (Mark) 9:49-50 “For everyone shall be seasoned with fire, and every offering shall be seasoned with salt. 50 “Salt is good, but if the salt becomes tasteless, how shall you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace among one another.

Luqas (Luke) 14:34-35 “The salt is good, but if the salt becomes tasteless, with what shall it be seasoned? 35 “It is not fit for land, nor for manure, they throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

In the passages we have just read we see the words of יהושע speaking of salt; In Mattithyahu it is at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; In Marqos it is joined immediately to not causing offense or others to sin and in Luqas it is supplemented to a series of sayings regarding the conditions for discipleship. In other words, it is clear that salt carries with it significant meaning in our lives being offered up as a daily living offering. But why salt, what is it about salt that gives the offerings as being acceptable and carrying such depth of meaning?

In the offerings salt was used as a preservative to typify the eternal nature of the ‘Covenant of Salt’ existing between יהוה and Yisra’ĕl. The term “covenant of salt” refers to an everlasting ordinance and is a figurative form of expression founded upon the conservative property of salt which keeps meat from corruption.

The context of יהושע’s words in calling us the ‘salt of the earth’ was, as I have already said, linked to persecution and endurance, for יהושע tells us that we are the salt of the earth straight after telling us how blessed we are when we are ‘persecuted for righteousness’ sake and for the sake of His Name.

It is the very persecutions and trials that will ‘grind’ us or rather ‘pulverise’ us to becoming effective salt that can be used. If we undergo the grinding process of His Word – Living obediently to it in a disobedient world, we must put in to practice straight away that which we learn and discover or else the purpose will be lost; and Ya’aqoḇ tells us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds, as it matures us. If we complain instead, sadly the salt of the Word being worked out in us will be wasted!

 

With Salt being a reference to the everlasting ordinances, we are able to see how being ‘seasoned with salt’, gives a clear picture of us being a people who walk according to the Covenants of promise that we have been grafted in to by the Blood of Messiah. When we realise that we are to ‘never lack salt’ we must understand that we are to be a people who never stray from the Covenants of which we are an integral part of; and therefore, we walk according to the Renewed Covenant that יהוה has written upon our hearts!

Ensuring that we walk in and stay in the Covenant, through our complete loving obedience to His commands, so that our words will be words that are seasoned with salt and we shall be able to boldly answer those who ask us about the hope/expectation that we have in our Master, יהושע Messiah!

Qolasim/Colossians 4:6 “Let your word always be with favour, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you ought to answer each one.

Our words can only be seasoned with salt when our actions are in line with true obedience to the Torah of Elohim!

As we all prepare for this up and coming Feast of Pěsaḥ and Matzot, may we be a people who:

EXTERMINATE THE LEAVEN AND NEVER LACK SALT!

This we can do when we walk in total set-apartness and recognise that we are to be rid of old leaven, that is the old teachings of falsehood and traditions of man and allow His Blood and His Word to cleanse us and set us apart for good use, aměn! As we rid ourselves of the old leaven, and we do not get poisoned with the leaven or false teachings of the Pharisees, and are never lacking salt, then we make ourselves available to be permeated with the ‘good leaven’ that Messiah speaks of, when He tells us what He can compare the reign of Elohim to:

Luqas/Luke 13:21 “It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour until it was all leavened.

I find this to be an interesting parable in itself, as we can see the poetic imagery of the 3 measures being a very powerful reference to the ‘3 times a year’ that men would go to Yerushalayim, describing those who diligently and joyfully guard to keep all the Feasts of יהוה, for when we do this we shall be leavened with His Good Word, and equipped for His Reign.

Exterminating the leaven of the old ways of falsehood and lies, and never lacking salt by being a daily living sacrifice will cause us to be filled with the good and incorruptible Word!

Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 1:22-25 “Now that you have cleansed your lives in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned brotherly love, love one another fervently with a clean heart, 23 having been born again – not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible – through the living Word of Elohim, which remains forever, 24 because “All flesh is as grass, and all the esteem of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, 25 but the Word of Elohim remains forever.” And this is the Word, announced as Good News to you.

 

As we eagerly look forward to this Feast of Pěsaḥ and Matzot, let us make sure that we all:

EXTERMINATE THE LEAVEN AND NEVER LACK SALT!

Remove the שְׂאֹר se’or – Strong’s H7603 and do not consume that which is חָמֵץ ḥamets – Strong’s H2557 and never lack מֶלַח melaḥStrong’s H4417

 

יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you Shalom!