Salt, Light and Burnt Popcorn Part 1

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These pictures are taken of a plant that blossoms in the warmer weather. I call it the popcorn plant. So just pretend it’s popcorn during today’s topic of discussion.

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Who loves burnt popcorn? All in favor, say aye.

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Yeah, me either.

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If you’re going to have it, you’d like it perfectly popped– not too done, but not a bag full of kernels either. And probably doused in some caramel.

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So what’s the use in burnt popcorn? Most of us would just throw it away. (I was going to say burn it, but well… We’ve already done that)

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The point is that burnt popcorn is basically good for nothing. It defeats it’s purpose.

That is a lot like what Jesus said in Matthew 5:13 about the tasteless salt, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.”

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What’s a person to do? How do we interpret this salt-sprinkled verse?

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In Matthew Henry’s Commentary, the passage is explained like this: “Christ had lately called His disciples, and told them that they should be fishers of men; here He tells them further what He designed them to be— the salt of the earth, and lights of the world, that they might be indeed what it was expected they should be. ‘Ye are the salt of the earth.’ This would encourage and support them under their sufferings, that, though they should be treated with contempt, yet they should really be blessings to the world, and the more so for their suffering thus. The prophets, who went before them, were the salt of the land of Canaan; but the apostles were the salt of the whole earth, for they must go into all the world to preach the gospel. It was a discouragement to them that they were so few and so weak. What could they do in so large a province as the whole earth? Nothing, if they were to work by force of arms and dint of sword; but, being to work silent as salt, one handful of that salt would diffuse its savour far and wide; would go a great way, and work insensibly and irresistibly as leaven, ch. 13:33 . The doctrine of the gospel is as salt; it is penetrating, quick, and powerful (Heb. 4:12 )”

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Henry further says, “If you, who should season others, are yourselves unsavoury, void of spiritual life, relish, and vigour; if a Christian be so, especially if a minister be so, his condition is very sad; for, (1.) He is irrecoverable: Wherewith shall it be salted? Salt is a remedy for unsavoury meat, but there is no remedy for unsavoury salt. Christianity will give a man a relish; but if a man can take up and continue the profession of it, and yet remain flat and foolish, and graceless and insipid, no other doctrine, no other means, can be applied, to make him savoury. If Christianity (does) not do it, nothing will.”

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We are also told to be a light, as expressed in the following verses, which we will look at tomorrow.
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Thanks for reading!

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Enjoy the popcorn– er… I mean pictures!

Abigail

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