I cannot think of a more beautiful tribute to committed Christ-followers everywhere—including YOU—than Jesus’ words here in the Sermon on the Mount: “You are the salt of the earth.”
As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, Jesus, ever the master of the metaphor, came up with a doozie with this one.
“You are the salt of the earth.”
I am excited about this for a couple of compelling reasons:
1. The rich and rewarding meaning of this metaphor, which we will get to in a moment.
2. “You are the salt of the earth” provides us with a wonderfully enriching teachable moment, one where I get to take you behind the scenes, as it were, and demonstrate for you in real time how we arrive at the proper interpretation of a passage—this passage in Matthew 5—and from there how to make an appropriate application of a passage—any passage—to our lives today.
So you’re getting a two-for-the-price-of-one in this podcast — What the passage means, and how we arrive at its meaning.
Because truth be told, one of the reasons the Church in America is, IMHO, sadly diminishing its influence in our world today is precisely because of a misunderstanding and misapplication of this beautiful verse, “You are the salt of the earth.”
So we have a lot going on here in this Jesus in HD Encore Podcast—an encore because I am currently leading a Study Tour in Israel, returning to Peter in HD next week.
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