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Mark 9:49-50 – Have Salt and Keep Peace

|| Matthew 5:13;[1] Luke 14:34

MK9:49 “For everyone will be salted with fire.[2] MK9:50 Salt is excellent![3] But if the salt ever lose its saltiness[4] what will it ever season? Continue to have ‘salt’ in yourselves and continue to be peaceable among one another.”[5]

[1] Matthew 5:13: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] ‘Everyone will be salted with fire’: The phrase is connected to the previous warning about stumbling. It is likely Jesus alludes to Leviticus 2:13:

“‘And every offering of your grain offering you will season with salt; and you must not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be missing upon your grain offering. Along with every offering of yours you will present salt.” [NWT] [Ezra 6:9]

Any sacrifice a disciple makes must be seasoned with salt otherwise it is not acceptable to God. A “sacrifice of praise” or charity must also be delivered in such a way that it is tasteful to the hearer. [Colossians 4:6; Hebrews 13:15-17; James 3:12] Salt may also have something to do with judgment. [Judges 9:45; Ezekiel 43:24] Though the phrase is considered unsupported by older manuscripts some versions contain, “and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.”]

[3] Salt is excellent: Or, fine, good, good thing. Salt was very valuable and necessary in such hot climates. It was even used as an exchange for labor or things.

[4] If the salt ever lose its saltiness: That is its tastefulness or preservative qualities.

[5] Continue to be peaceable among one another: The salt is associated with peaceful relations with others. The apostles have been arguing about superiority and this did not lead to peaceful relations. This matter of “salt” may go all the way back to that Jewish exorcist who was expelling demons in the name of Jesus. Who knows what the apostles said to him when they forbid him to continue what he was doing. It is not like these self-righteous, self-important individuals said things they should not.

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Preceding

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:1-8 – The Transfiguration

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:9-13 – Elijah Has Come

Matthew 12:22-30 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: the Charge of Demonism

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:14-24 – Help Me Where I Need Faith

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:25-29 – Why Could We Not Expel It?

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:30-32 – Foretells Resurrection

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:33-37 – Who is Greater?

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:38-42 – Those Not Against Us Are For Us

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:43-48 – The Offending Hand, Foot, or Eye

Nazarene Commentary Matthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light shining bright

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Additional reading

  1. Light and Salt – Parables of Influence
  2. Today’s thought “You shall not join hands with …” (February 13)

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Related

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  2. Salt and Light :: Communion Liturgy
  3. Darkness and Light
  4. Light
  5. Let Your Light So Shine
  6. How to Steal God’s Heart
  7. The Sacrifice of Praise
  8. Sacrifices of Praise
  9. Praise and Worship from the Bible: What is it?
  10. Obedient praise
  11. Dance Before the Lord!

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