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Simply adding salt and lighting the way
Matthew 5:13–16
By Rev Kenneth & Bernadette Phillips

Salt and light: these are universal aspects of life in all cultures.

Salt is a basic element of Jewish domestic life, and indeed all our lives, giving flavour to our food, useful for preserving and purifying. In the Jewish spiritual/religious setting, salt is used in the rites of sacrifice (Lev 2:13), therefore, the metaphor which Jesus uses would have spoken eloquently to His listeners.

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