Salt and light

Many have heard the phrase “He is salt of the earth.”  Do you know what it means?  It means those of great worth and reliability.  I remember growing up, my Grandpa would use that phrase, and people would use that phrase to describe him.  My Grandpa was awesome. This phrase comes from the Serman on the Mount.

Matthew 5:13-16:

   13Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

   14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

   15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

   16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost his savour, or his quality of taste, wherewith shall it be salted?  Because wherewith is not used often:

where·with

[hwair-with, -with, wair-]  Show IPA

adverb, conjunction

1.  Literary . with which; by means of which.
2. Archaic .

     a. with what?
     b. because of which; by reason of which.
     c. whereupon; at which.
2.a. makes the most sense here.  With what shall it be salted?
it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  

hence·forth

[hens-fawrth, -fohrth; hens-fawrth, -fohrth]  Show IPA

adverb

from now on; from this point forward.
It is, from now on, good for nothing, but should be cast out, and be trodden, or trambled, under the foot of men.  So, to summarize: we are the salt of the earth, and when we have lost or flavor, we are no longer good, and get trambled. (Paraphrased)
 14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
We are the light of the world. God’s light shines through us.  The rest of the verse points out that a city that is set on a hill, cannot hide.  Everyone can see it.  That is what we need to be, that light that can’t be hid.
 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
A continuation of verse 15, men don’t light a candle and hide it under a bushel, but puts it on a candlestick to give light throughout the house.
16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
So, let your light shine before men (and women), that they will see your good works/deeds, and glorify God, who is in heaven.
The Newsboys have a song “Shine.”  It’s one of my favorite ones by them.  It’s a twist on the old “This little Light of Mine.”  Here is a video of it.
And the lyrics:
Dull as dirt
You can’t assert the kind of light
That might persuade
A strict dictator to retire
Fire the army
Teach the poor origami
The truth is in
The proof is when
You hear your heart stop asking,
“What’s my motivation?”

And try as you may, there isn’t a way
To explain the kind of change
That would make an Eskimo renounce fur
That would make a vegetarian barbecue hamster
Unless you can trace this about-face
To a certain sign…

[Chorus]
Shine
Make ’em wonder what you’ve got
Make ’em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored
Shine
Let it shine before all men
Let’em see good works, and then
Let ’em glorify the Lord

Out of the shaker and onto the plate
It isn’t Karma
It sure ain’t fate
That would make a Deadhead sell his van
That would make a schizophrenic turn in his crayons
Oprah freaks
And science seeks a rationale
That shall excuse
This strange behavior

When you let it shine
You will inspire
The kind of entire turnaround
That would make a bouncer take ballet
(even bouncers who aren’t happy)
But out of the glare
With nowhere to turn
You ain’t gonna learn it on “What’s My Line?”

[Chorus]
Shine
Make ’em wonder what you’ve got
Make ’em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored
Shine
Let it shine before all men
Let’em see good works, and then
Let ’em glorify the Lord

Shine, my brothers and sisters, make ’em wonder what you got and let ’em glorify the Lord.
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