This is an excellent article on the basics of the Covenant of Salt.
From: Rabbi Moshe Yoseph KoniuchowskyTo: 'firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: Covenant of Salt
CHILDREN OF SALT
By Rabbi Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky
With scriptural contributions by Rebbetzin Wendy McNulty
A COVENANT OF SALT FOREVER
In Bamidbar/Numbers 18:19 it is stated that all of Yisrael's offeringsoffered to Yahweh must be offered seasoned with salt. This ordinance is amishpat/ruling that makes perfect sense, as Israel's sons and daughters areto engage in an eternal covenant of salt with Yahweh when offering theirpersonal sacrifices. The term "covenant of salt" is indicative of theeverlasting nature of the relationship between the children of salt, andtheir Elohim Yahweh. When we hear the term salt, the understanding is thatthe things Yahweh addresses are eternal, enduring, never changing, andabiding forever. All salt covenants then are eternal, and eternally bindingon the sons and daughters of Yisrael, regardless where they are to be found,and regardless of whether a physical temple stands on Mt. Moriyah or not.
WITH ALL YOUR OFFERINGS BRING SALT
In Wayiqra/Leviticus 2:13 it is confirmed that all Israelite offerings mustbe seasoned with salt. We as Israel's children must make sure that our saltdoes not lack in any service, or act of obedience to or for Yahweh Elohim.This mishpat/ruling has never been reneged, and has never been removed inthe Brit Chadasha. All of the offerings not only had to be seasoned withsalt but had to be void of leaven, a type of sin, and of honey, a favoriteappeasement tool offered in almost all pagan nations in their sacrifices.Pagan deities were known to have an appetite for honey, a sweet but falsesubstitute to the sweetness that can only come from a close relationshipwith Israel's King and His Son. The honey was used to appease the falsedeities, as well as to humanize them by feeding them honey! By giving themsweet offerings, mankind thought that the deity would be more apt to respondfavorably.
Yahweh cannot be bribed or convinced to do our desire by candy and honeyofferings or by any other sacraments. Our forefathers tried it in the pastby offering cakes of honey and oil (Yehchezkel/Ezekiel 16:19) to the "queenof heaven" known today in popery as the allegedly "sinless" Mother Mary.Rather, we are called by the Messiah TO OFFER OURSELVES to Yahweh, as HisIsrael because Yahweh is sweet and good in and of Himself, and not outsideof Himself. He expects that same sweet spirit to be in us, as it is in Him.Yahweh makes it clear that neither sin nor wrong motive will get Him to moveon our behalf. He Himself is the sweetness we need. He Himself is our greatreward (Genesis/Bereshith 15:1). We must only approach Yahweh within thesalt covenant, and not with honey and leaven.
Yahweh is looking for sacrifices from our lives as returning Yisrael witheternal, long term, and abiding commitments in our doctrines and lifestyles.He does not want any offerings made out of the emotional need of a moment ora knee jerk action. The Israelite must approach Him with an understandingthat any commitment, and any offering cannot be reneged upon or made intoany short-term arrangement. The Babylonian system of religion from whichYahudah and Ephraim are escaping (Rev. 18:4), are known by their temporaland shifting doctrines, highlighted by short-term commitments from both theworshipper and their perception of Yahweh. A perfect example of theviolation of the Israelite covenant of salt is the churches propagation ofdispensationalism, which is all but a guarantee that all their doctrines,teachings, actions, and understandings will be full of honey and leavenlacking in enduring salt. Honey is symbolic of manipulation by theworshipper towards the Heavenly Judge.
Salt on the other hand is a time proven and consistent preservative thatprevents decay and corruption with enduring quality. The forefathers ofYisrael preserved their food with salt in place of the modern refrigerator.The important things of sustenance were preserved with salt. Israel's healthwas often preserved with baths in the Salt-Sea, which preserved their skinand appearance. Just as in the physical, so it is in the spiritual. All theimportant elements of Israelite worship must be preserved with salt. Salttypifies abiding, eternality, steadfastness, stability, and permanence andeven the very character and reliability of Abba Yahweh Himself! Thereforeevery sacrifice and every ordinance in the First Covenant by definition mustbe eternal, since Israel could only approach Yahweh with ordinances usingsalt offerings. These salt offerings were known to be everlasting due to theeternal and enduring nature of salt's preservation power along with what itimplied in the spirit realm. From this understanding, we see that all ofTorah has been preserved by the eternal covenant of salt given to Yisrael.Israelite worship was to be characterized by steadfast eternal immutability,unlike the shifting sands of the "pleasure for the moment" motives of thenations.
SOLIDIFYING AND RENEWING FRIENDSHIP
Salt was also used to seal a bond of friendship forever. Brethren at anIsraelite table would seal their friendship by the sharing of salt. Salt wasa means in Yisrael by which friends solidified and preserved theircommitment to each other by a covenant of shared salt at a table of sharedcommunity. In much the same way, Israelites were bonded with Yahweh with allthe various approaches to Him being seasoned with the eternal saltcovenant.It is the Master's desire to be sealed with us in an eternalcovenant of friendship seasoned with salt. Now if His best friend and brideis Israel, and if Israel has sealed that relationship with salt, then Yahwehcannot marry a "gentile church bride", and neither can He balance two bridesthrough manmade superimposed dispensationalism. He must remain eternallyfaithful to Yisrael alone despite Yisrael's lack of faithfulness, anddespite all other considerations.
Yahweh, due to His own eternal covenant of salt, has just two options. Hecan renew Yisrael through the regeneration of Ephraim and Judah or He can donothing. Thankfully as we know according to Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 31:31, He haschosen the better option for Israel, and has decided to renew both housesthrough Yahshua the Moshiach, as well as invite others to join the renewedCommonwealth. Any creation or birthing of a separate entity called thechurch would result in a violation of the eternal covenant of salt by YahwehHimself, which we know is a scriptural impossibility. Yahshua's renewal ofYisrael through His cleansing blood has been seasoned with the required saltof endurance and eternal commitment. He relates to us in salt covenant, andthat's the way He expects us to relate to Him.
"LET US" CONTINUALLY
Grain seasoned with salt was symbolic of provision. Even though Israel todayis not to literally bring grain offerings to Yahweh in the Jerusalem temple,we are to provide grain offering to His modern day servants as it iswritten, "Yahweh hath ordained that those who preach the Good News, shouldlive [maintain sustenance] from the Good News"(1 Cor. 9:14). So our currentgrain offering is made to the five fold ministers, who care for the sheep aswell as to the orphan, poor, and widow in our midst. When Yisrael does thesemitzvoth, they are seasoning all their offerings with salt.
IN THE ABSCENCE OF THE TEMPLE
The Israelite also subjects his human body and it's passions by self-control according to First Cor. 9:25-27, lest we should becomecastaways. So the very offering of our purity through set-apartness is aseasoning of salt. A Renewed Covenant Yisraelite while not being able tokeep the pashat or literal mitzvah of sundry offerings because the temple nolonger stands, can jump down into the remez or hint level, which is thesecond level of scriptural interpretation, which then allows all ofYahudah/Judah and Ephraim to keep salt covenant by accepting all Torahmisphatim and chukim on a remez level, when AND ONLY WHEN the pashat orliteral level cannot be applied.
Because Christianity cannot get past their valid but often limited firstlevel/literal interpretation of scripture, and their unwillingness to adoptanything they perceive to be "too Jewish", i.e. the four levels ofscriptural interpretation, (since they cannot bring literal gifts to theJerusalem Temple) they willfully yet wrongfully dismiss these ordinances asoutdated "Jewish legalism", which cannot be performed. But what we are aboutto see shortly is that ALL can be done by Israel, if and when a returningIsraelite is willing to adopt the Hebraic understanding of scripture, whichallows for a minimum of four basic and valid accepted methods of scripturalunderstanding for each mitzvah, in order to make the divine eternal andenduring connection required by Yahweh to His eternal bride Yisarel.
So in order for Yahweh not to be found to be a liar, He must still provideways for all mitzvoth to be performed, though one may have to dig fourlevels deep to get the method of approach. Since Yahsuua has fulfilled allrequirements of the sacrificial system for blood, grain, and drinkofferings, we must now go through Messiah, since they are all offeringsseasoned with His salt to His Father and Elohim. Yahweh expects these saltofferings to continue, and to still be guarded but commands us to do themthrough Messiah, and through His tabernacle service in the tabernacle inheaven not pitched with man's hands. So on a sod/esoteric level, thesacrifices are eternal due to their being seasoned with salt, and under theeternal covenant of salt with eternal Israel. Only the realm of theofferings have changed, NOT THE REQUIREMENTS THEMSELVES. That is exactlywhat the Book of Ivrim is all about!
The Christians see Yahshua's Cohen Hagadol or High Priestly role as one ofsinging and whistling Amazing Grace to His Father Abba Yahweh after havingoffered His own blood once and for all. The Israelite does not accept that,seeing rather all of the eternal salt offerings of the First Covenanttabernacle, as ongoing and as taking PLACE LITERALLY through Yahshua, whoperforms them all before Abba Yahweh, albeit on a different and invisibleplane. So the Sun-Day system of worship will never understand Torah, andadopt it as their constitution, until and unless they begin to see things infour dimensions applying all four levels of Hebraic interpretation beforegiving up on a mitzvah as "Jewish stuff". A mitzvah is a commandmentperformed, which is literally defined as a divine connection to Yahweh.
STUCK ON ONE LEVEL
According to Ivrim/Hebrews 13:15, we are to continue as Israel, to offer"slaughter offerings" to Yahweh continually, and forever through our lips.They no longer come from our hands but from our lips. So it is still Israelthat walks in the covenant of salt but we use our lips rather than our handsand feet. Notice in Hebrews 13:15, the principle of continuity regarding theofferings seasoned by salt. The question is who is "the us", inIvrim/Hebrews 13:5? The answer is obvious. Renewed Covenant Yisrael.
If the Torah has been nailed to Calvary as many claim, then why would RavShaul admonish us to perform these mitvahs by usage of the term "LET US",(writing to both houses according to Hebrews 8:12) offer slaughterofferings...The only people ever to do so without the honey and leaven, andwith salt alone as the preservative, were are and will be Israel alone fromamong the nations. Yahweh's only and forever bride. So the obligation ofsalt offerings continues in the other levels of Hebraic truth rather thanthe literal temple. The Ephraimite still stuck in false religious systemsdoes not see nor comprehend the fact that there are four gospel records,since the Father Yahweh determined that His atonement for Israel beunderstood on all four levels of Hebraic understanding.
BINDING OR SEALING THE SACRIFICE
The Christian theologian is puzzled as to why the four versions of theBesarot/Good News of Messiah, seem to often contradict each other, when thetruth is that they do not. They are written on all four levels of Hebraicunderstanding. Mattityahu/Matthew in drash/parables/allegory, Mark/Moshe inpashat or plain literal simplicity, Luke in remez or hinting style, andYochanan/John in sod or on the mystery level. Rav Shaul's epistles featureall four styles, and the Book of Revelation is totally written on the fourthlevel of sod. It is because Christian scholars are stuck in level one, thatthey habitually take metaphors and symbolism in the Book of Revelation meantto be understood as sod in a literal fashion, and therefore fall into someof the most absurd and childish interpretations of scripture, such as theassertion that the 200 million soldiers who cross the Euphrates River areactually Asian Orientals from mainland China, rather than demons releasedfrom Tartaros by the messenger (s.a.tan) with the key to the dark pit (Rev.13:1). Lack of understanding of these four levels have resulted in scholarsquestioning the legitimacy of both the eternal salt commands of Torah, aswell as the very inspiration of the gospels themselves. And they have no oneto blame but themselves.
In order to continually offer these offerings of salt as Israelites toYahweh, we must season these scarifies with salt. What kind of salt? TheName of Yahweh according to Ivrim/ Hebrews 13:15! We are to continue thesesalt offerings as children of the salt covenant, salted with thepreservation and guarding power of the only true eternal "salt" Name ofAbba, which is Yahweh. According to Yochanan 17:12, the invoking of His trueName by His talmidim/disciples, guards these sacrifices of Torah. Calling onHaShem or Baal/Lord Goad, is not seasoning our sacrifices to Yahweh withsalt, since according to this verse all offerings must be salted and boundto the altar with the Name coming from our lips. How many modern dayreligious offerings of song, praise, worship and study are being offered toYahweh as strange fire, due to lacking the proper binding and sealing of theoffering by the absence of HIS TRUE NAME!
THE KINGDOM PROMISED BY SALT TO THE "CHILDREN OF SALT"
According to Second Divre HaYamim/Second Chronicles 13:5, Yahweh has giventhe kingdom to David and to David's seed Israel FORVER. Yahweh says in thisverse that He has done so by the guarantee and immutability of the Torahprinciple of the salt covenant. Therefore the Kingdom of Yahweh both now,and in the atid lavoh/millenium, will be to Israel's seed alone, (Ephraimand Judah plus their companions), as a bonded salt covenant between Yahwehand Yisrael, for Yahweh Himself has made that guarantee. Since we are heirsof David's physical Kingdom, (Romans 8:17) we are the children of David, andthe heirs of this eternal friendship covenant of and by salt. All theenduring Torah promises that are in Him and are yea and amein preserve us asIsrael. None of the Torah salt offerings have been overturned by Yahshuainto no and "no-mein" or "Lo-Mein". Messiah Yahshua came from David's loins,and thus His throne in Israel as Messiah, and the tabernacle in which Heministers in the heavens are both established by David's salt convent withYahweh, that has been renewed by Messiah Himself, as the "Greater David"over both houses of Israel. His lineage and throne are both established by acovenant of salt. If Messiah Yahshua rules on David's throne, then thepeople He rules over cannot by definition be a so called "gentile church"but must be the heirs of the salt covenant of all the children of Jacob bothfrom the Jewish tribes and the non-Jewish ten tribes of Israel (Luke 1:33).
Yahweh's covenant was, is and, always will be with Yahudah and Ephraim, andtheir companions. Not the companions of Rome and Wittenberg, Germany.Yahshua's blood, along with His friendship covenant of salt, guaranteesIsrael's eternal security as Yahshua's bride.
A RENEWED COVENANT TO THE CHILDREN OF SALT
The children of salt are further identified in Yermeyahu/Jeremiah 33:20-21.A covenant of salt and friendship between Yahweh and Israel is as strong andsecure as is the covenant Yahweh has with day and night. Reversing Israel'sposition as Yahweh's only bride is as impossible as breaking the laws ofnature according to these verses. That's how powerful a covenant of salt is.It is as irreversible, as is Yahweh's bond with nature. When nature ceasesthen Israel will cease, and Israel's Torah will cease. But not one momentbefore. The children of salt are as bonded to Yahweh as are the ordinancesof salt. Salt covenants and ordinances cannot be altered, changed, done awaywith, repealed, broken or changed. The Torah, the Throne of David, and thebond of love between Yahweh and Israel, are all seasoned with salt. Even themodern Judahite season of Passover finds all Passover foods adjacent to aliteral bowl of salt, where all Passover items are dipped in a bowl ofsaltwater, reminding us of Yahweh's eternal promise of inheritance, anddeliverance to both houses of Israel, even in bitter times.
In Mattithyahu/Matthew 5:13 Moshiach says, "You are the SALT OF THE EARTH,BUT IF THE SALT SHOULD LOSE ITS FLAVOR, WHEREWITH SHALL IT BE SALTED? IT ISHENCEFORTH GOOD FOR NOTHING BUT TO BE CAST OUT AND BE TRODDEN UNDER FOOT OFMEN."
Now.. Do you know of any "professing" believers in Messiah who have taken3/4th of scriptures made up mostly of eternal ordinances, and just becausethey are found to the left side of Matthew, and have willfully discardedthose eternal ordinances of salt? Do you know any "professing" believers whohave taken salt and thrown out the eternal parts of salt that they eitherdidn't like or didn't understand? Weren't the talmidim the very ones calledout to uphold all the eternal or salt ordinances of Yahweh? Was not YahshuaHimself prophesying that His very own disciples who were called to bepreservers of all things according to Matthew 5:19-29, would be the veryones that would lose their saltiness by discarding misunderstood portions ofeternal salt covenants, and their statues? The only men and women that canlose their salt are the very ones who have had it all along, and the veryones that can lose it if they don't guard it.
Again by simple definition, one can only lose salt if they have the salt,and in correct biblical context it was the citizens of David's Kingdom thatwere the ones having the responsibility of preserving all things seasonedwith salt. If Genesis to Revelation has been seasoned with salt.... And ifYahshua's WAYWARD talmidim/disciples are only preserving and dispensingMatthew through Revelation through adoption of their separate entitytheology, and by ignoring the salt of the First Covenant, they then have infact LOST THEIR SALT AS CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. Thus the lost children ofIsrael!
How many worthless, tasteless, and half-baked sermons and teachings(raw andnot cooked with salt) have church leaders and imams offered up in the steadof Torah's love (Hosea 8:7)? In order for Israel's children to reclaim alltheir salt covenants, they must recommit to return to Torah, and begin toteach and proclaim the full counsel of Yahweh, that includes the Torah andthe Renewed Covenant, as both being equally applicable and eternal for allbelievers in all generations.
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FINALLY REVEALED
Since the throne of Israel was established by a salt covenant, and since weare the sons and daughters of that Davidic Kingdom, then on the sod or thehidden fourth level of interpretation, Yahshua is saying to us today that"you are the salt of the earth" (Matt. 5:13) or YOU ARE THE CHILDREN OFISRAEL!!!!!! 'I have come to regather the children of salt back into theirown kingdom', which never was a Jewish kingdom, since Jews did not leaveEgypt nor receive Torah. Israel did. If the children of Israel are the saltof the earth according to the Messiah, and His talmidim/disciples are thesalt of the earth, then all the TRUE law abiding disciples in allgenerations are the seed of Israel. For only Israel is the salt of theearth, and only Israel seasons their offerings without honey and leaven butwith the preserving power of salt alone. The reason these disciples werelistening and obeying Yahshua by being drawn to Him, is because they werethe children of salt, and Yahshua is calling them back to take theirrightful place in rightful understanding, in the Kingdom Age to come, as therenewed reseasoned children of salt. Messiah Yahshua reminds us in placessuch as Matthew 15:24, that He has only come for the lost sheep of the Houseof Israel, (all 12 tribes in this context) and as such by declaring HISDISCIPLES to be the earth's salt, He directly correlates them back to theirPHYSICAL ANCESTORS who stood at Sinai's base, as they received the livingoracles of salt to be offered in worship back to Yahweh for all eternity.
As children of salt, we are to bring the salt of Torah and Messiah to all ofYisrael (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 8:14-16; 8:20). IF THE SALT LOSES IT'S NEWFOUNDIDENTITY AS THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF SALT, WE WLL LOSE OUR FOCUS ANDDIRECTION, AS HAVE OUR BELIEVING FOREFATHERS, along with the true message ofthe kingdom.
LET ALL ISRAEL EXIT THE CHURCH SYSTEM TODAY, WHILE IT IS CALLED TODAY, (2COR. 6:2) AND RE-ENTER ISRAEL'S COMMONWEALTH, IN ORDER TO RE-INHERIT THEIRSTATUS AS THE CHILDREN OF SALT, THE TRUE YISRAEL OF YAHWEH (GAL.6: 16).
CALLED TO BE SALT SHAKERS
When one loses their corporate identity as Israel, they are not only tossedto and fro by strange winds of doctrine, (Ephesians 4:14 &11) they arecandidates to be trodden underfoot by men! And men's dogmas! This is furtheraddressed in Ivrim/Hebrews 6:5-6, where Yahweh warned believers who haveTASTED THE SALT OF ALL the good Word of Yahweh including the eternal FirstCovenant mishpatim, if they [should] fall away from all salt ordinances,they cannot be used by Yahweh again. For Yahweh will not allow lawlessiniquity filled "professing" believers to be salt to others, when theythemselves are not salt any longer, having forfeited that calling as Israel,foolishly claiming that Israelite identity is no longer important or that itwas never taught by Messiah.
If we as Israel lose the salt we have in us through this latter-day renewalof all 12 tribes, we not only lose our power, and authority as the bride ofMessiah but we also put our Master to open shame by doctrinally pitting himagainst His Father, as His Father seemingly loves Torah, while the Sonseemingly desires to remove it, as He is often misunderstood by Greco-Roman"believers". Since the antinomian anti-salt covenant Gee Zoos is not theYahshua of scripture, who seasoned all His talmidim/disciples with salt and,called us to teach all the salt ordinances of Israel, we must never put ourloving and caring King to open ridicule and shame by being a false witnessof Yahweh's eternality and immutability in teaching the Gee Zoos doctrine,rather than the faith of Yahshua Himself! We as Israel are called to haveBOTH the faith of Yahshua, as well as faith in Yahshua!
Any salt-shaker (Israelite) that uses half of the shaker only, (Matthew toRevelation) is already being trodden under the feet and influence of waywardapostate men, and their manmade dogmatic replacement Torahs said to be weak,worldly and beggarly (Galatians 4:8-11)! Do you know any believers that canno longer dispense the salt that they've been called to dispense, due totheir not seeing their true identity and their true PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUALheritage in Yakkov?
WHY TRUE MESSIANIC YISRAELITES ARE MISUNDERSTOOD
In addition to being a preservative, salt is an irritant. When put in anopen wound it irritates, hurts and stings. When we are truly being MessianicYisrael in lifestyle not just in doctrine, we become stinging irritants tothose around us who are wounded by false religion, as found in the Sin Dayand Friday systems. Rather than hearing and seeing their need for medicineand healing (Torah), they act out against the salt, as if the salt is toblame. The salt when fully salted represents Yahweh, not themselves or theirown doctrine or their own understanding. When the salt that's designed tocreate a strong thirst for true teaching in Israel, rubs folks the wrongway, they try and stifle and offset the salt by removing the saltinessrather than allowing the salt to be the cause for them to fill their hungerand thirst with His true and eternal ways not subject to the religiouswinds, doctrines and temporal solutions of this age.
The salt of Israelite truth always causes irritation in the religiouslyprideful and blind, along with those set in their manmade ways. Waywardchurch folks including many pastors, consider any salt truths that are foundto the left of Matthew's Gospel in the "good book", to be an irritant. Butany salt that does not include the ordinances of Torah is not true Israelitesalt. True salt often brings out the worst in lawless people but can alsobring out the best in you, and your personal return to Yahweh. The truth ofthe matter is that true salt in the hands of true children of salt isdesigned to preserve wayward Ephraim and Yahudah in the eternal paths, andnot to hurt, sting or irritate them, as it does with the lost or deceived.
TALKING TO HIS TALMIDIM
Mark/Moshe 9:49 states that "for everyone shall [must] be seasoned withfire, and EVERY OFFERING SHALL BE [FUTURE IMPERATIVE] SEASONED WITH SALT".In Mark/Moshe 9:44-48, Yahshua speaks of torment in the lake of fire for theunbelievers. Then He reiterates the Torah principle that in order to avoidpunishment and the second death, [not eternal torment, rather eternal deathin the Lake of Fire Rev. 20:14; Ezekiel 18:4] EVERYONE [ALL TRUE BELIEVERS]MUST BE SEASONED WITH THE SALT OF TORAH, AND MUST OFFER ALL TORAH OFFERINGSCONTINUALLY in accordance with His word. So clearly we see Yahshua makingall eternal Torah mishpatim and chookim, as necessities for all Histalmidim, not just for witnessing purposes but for the expressed purpose ofoffering Him true pleasing personal worship in order to ESCAPE DAMNATION.All of Torah keeping, Messiah loving Israel, (Rev. 14:12) will escape Hiswrath (First Thess. 5:9) through deliverance during the Great Tribulation,either by martyrdom or preservation through Yahweh's salt pact with Yisrael.
OUR BLESSED RETURN
In Mark/Moshe 9:50 Yahshua warns us to have salt in ourselves, (Torah faithand lifestyles) and BE AT PEACE WITH ONE ANOTHER. ALL THE SALT ORDINANCESMUST BE FOUND IN ALL SALTED BELIEVERS, who claim to be sons and daughters ofYisrael, according to Messiah. The implication here on the sod or secretlevel of this saying, is that only Torah when accepted and re-instituted inall of Israel by both houses for both Yahudah and Ephraim, can finally bringpeace and true shalom in equality between battling brethren. True peace andshalom among disciples cannot happen between the two houses until bothhouses realize that they are both equal Israelite heirs in our Messiah. Onlythose who have salt in themselves, and walk out Torah principles in theirown lives, can walk with their Torah honoring brethren in a joint and mutualreturn to the nation of Yisrael (Ezekiel 37:23-24). A disciple sees him orherself as a survivor of the Diaspora, and sees a return to Torah, Messiah,and the land, as the ONLY road to travel. You will soon find others on thesame road, and will be able to walk together in peace, and in confidence(Amos 3:3). Part of that salt awakening is the recognition that there are nolonger Jews and Gentiles in the faith of our Messiah but that all areIsraelites, and all are being summoned to a state of blessed return fromspiritual and physical exile.