What does it mean to be Salt and Light?

This week we look at Jesus’ familiar words about being “Salt of the Earth”. What might that have meant to followers of this new and unconventional Rabbi? What might it mean for us? How does the rhythm and emphasis of Jesus’ teaching compares with the Torah of Moses?


 
You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
— Matthew 5:13-16
 

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