IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2008
A quote to ponder: Influence, just like salt shaken out, is hard to see, but its flavor is hard to miss. Pam Farrel.
Count your blessings of the week. For me, Monday was important and long, attending a visitation and memorial service; Tuesday was another visitation; Wednesday and Thursday were play days with Logan and Emma Claire – 6 years and 17 months, respectfully, grand-babies are a rich blessing and privilege! Additionally on Thursday was an afternoon visit with a friend and an evening ministry meeting; and now that Friday is here, Beth Moore by satellite! It’s been a GOOD week. I am a blessed woman!
Enter the word ‘salt’ at BibleGateway and you get 36 references in the KJV.
A familiar passage is Mark 9:49 “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”
A not so familiar is Leviticus 2: 13 And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt.
Let me share briefly with you my initial on-line inquiry regarding Salt Covenant.
Traditionally, salt was shared to seal a truce between former enemies or as a symbol of alliance between close friends. Treaties or friendships were often formalized by the partaking of a lick of salt to seal the deal or heal the difference between them.
Entering into a Covenant of Salt means binding oneself to another in utmost loyalty and truthfulness, even suffering death, rather than breaking the covenant. For this very reason a Covenant of Salt was never done lightly or haphazardly – it deserves serious respect. To the ancient Hebrews, salt represented purification, and was also symbolic of enduring friendship, honesty, and loyalty (2Kin.2:19 -21; 2Chr.13:5). Today some Eastern people still use the phrase: “There is salt between us.” Having no salt, meant disloyalty and barrenness.
This information comes from http://www.homeworship101.com/fyi_salt_covenant.htm I have not read the entire web page, have only made a quick perusal but what I have seen has opened doors of thought and I think it bears further examination.
Salt, a symbol of a truce between former enemies. Amazing! Grain offerings (and maybe others) were given with SALT. This is so rich. There’s no way to do it justice in the moments we have left for this IDOK. Even in these quick moments, much comes to mind.
Suffice to say for today, when you reach for the SALT; smile and praise Jesus that you have peace with God and carry that gratitude with you to others and as we do, we will experience what Jesus meant when He said have salt in yourselves and have peace with one another!
Father God this has opened up more than I can take in this morning in these moments and I have rushed to put it on the screen; forgive me. Bring us back and teach us more as You will. Thank You for the conference with Beth this weekend, even by sattelite. I am counting on You to anoint my hearing and speak to me; to all of us. I am counting on You to take care of each of these and every situation and circumstance represented here. Amen and amen. Danni A. Tye B. Joann. Sheri, Tyler, Hannah. Edie. Ann J. Bernie. Malpas Family. Darlene. Rachel. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. Chris B. Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Odessa H. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Tonya and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Pattie S. Vickie. Lisa W. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. David & Allison. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Chuck. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance and Baby. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew. Cindy, Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family. Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Brant W. Christopher R. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G. Kyle N. Michael K. Sgt. Bozicevich. Bay N.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George.Travis N. Hawk.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G.
Civilian in Country – Lee.
As I post this it is 115°F and haze in Balad, IQ & the time there is 1:59 PM AST – on August 1, 2008
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