The Christmas story lets us know that a special message was given to the Shepherds watching their flocks by night. As the angels announced the whereabouts of Messiah, their reference to Swaddling Cloths, fired up the Temple Shepherds, for they knew Swaddling Cloths were part of the preparation of the sacrificial lambs. They also knew particulars of the Lambs that most others were unaware. Notice Ezekiel 16:4:
"As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths.”
God is speaking to Jerusalem and the condition of Jerusalem when God chose the City to be His crown Jewel.
Be assured that the process that was to ensure purity and health was carried out with Jesus by Mary. As with the Swaddling Cloths, the Salt is of great significance. Poole in his commentary states:
“Thou wast not salted: salt is of a drying, abstersive, and cleansing nature, and was used to purge, dry, and strengthen the new-born child, to make it the more lovely and lively.”
Others point out that the salt toughened the skin, and helped it to be prepared via sweat glands working correctly to deal with the often intense heat of the region. I gather that when Jesus referred to believers as “the salt of the earth,” the statement means that He has prepared us with the power of spiritual salt for the rigors we have and will face as Christians along the journey.
To state Jesus had a “tough, resilient hide” is an understatement. He shared the necessity of standing the heat or getting out of the kitchen! He passed this on to His followers.
Salt has a purifying quality as well as healing properties, along with preserving power, as lovers of Country Cured Ham know all too well.
In these days we need more “Salt Cured Christians” who as the Salt of the Earth, will march on as a purifying, healing and preserving influence in the culture around us as we tell the grandest of all stories of Jesus and His love.
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