By: Ely Lagajino
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to out and trodden underfoot of men. Matthew 5:13 (ASV)
In ancient times you would be considered wealthy if you own herds of cattle, flocks of sheep, and goats. Abraham, Lot and Job belong to the top ten wealthiest man in the Bible because they owned many of these animals. Salt had become an important commodity to them.
The government paid the salaries of soldiers in the old Roman Empire, with salt. The word salary comes from the Latin word salarium which means salt money. Soldiers would protest that sometimes led into a revolt if they were paid with chocolates. They wanted to receive their salary in the form of salt which they needed during winter as ingredient for animal feeds. Also for preserving animal’s meat which they slaughtered due to lack of grass to feed if winter season extended.
The procedure involved is by rubbing salt into the meat to prevent it from decaying. It was the only way of preserving meat during those times. Salt also became a crucial commodity. The Ancient Greeks were involved in trading salt for slaves. The reason why Romans built highways during early years was to transport salt back to Rome. Via Salaria, which exists up to the present, was a salt route.
Sodom and Gomorrah could have been saved by the preserving influence of just ten righteous salty people. The Lord told us to be the salt of the earth to temporarily prevent the world from turning bad to worse or decaying, until the preaching of the gospel is finished.