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Salt and Fire Usually Don’t Mix

49 Everyone will be salted with fire. Mark 9:49

This verse has troubled scholars through the years, so it has been interpreted to mean several things.

In context with the previous verses, however, this verse speaks about judgment. Fire refines, purifies, and incinerates.

The fire on the altar in Leviticus was enhanced by salt.

13 Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings. Leviticus 2:13

Interesting that even as sacrifices were made, the Israelites were not to leave out the salt. It would burn up with the grain but it was not to be left out.

As Christians, we will all go through the refining and purifying process, whether we want to or not. Sometimes we may even have to have “stuff” in our lives incinerated. And yet, Scripture tells us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2).

Let’s face it, the purifying process is hard. We rebel against it to our detriment. More often than not, though, we don’t realize that we’re being purified for His good.

If you’re struggling for no apparent reason, perhaps you’re being refined. Perhaps God is wanting to teach you something about yourself or about Him. We need to ask Him what we should do and what He wants to teach us. His answer may be to just Rest in Him.

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