Healing Salt

Leviticus 2:13 KJV - Every oblation of your meat offering shall you season with salt; neither shall you allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your meat offering.  With all your offerings you shall offer salt.    

Numbers 18:8-19 NIV (offerings for priests and Levites) - 8Then the Lord said to Aaron, "I Myself have put you in charge of the offerings presented to Me; all the holy offerings the Israelites give Me I give to you and your sons as your portion and regular share.  9You are to have the part of the most holy offerings that is kept from the fire.  From all the gifts they bring Me as most holy offerings, whether grain, sin or guilt offerings, that part belongs to you and your sons.  10Eat it as something most holy; every male shall eat it.  You must regard it as holy.  11This also is yours -  whatever is set aside from the gifts of all the wave offerings of the Israelites, I give this to you and your sons and daughters as your regular share.  Everyone in your household who is ceremonially clean may eat it.  12I give you all the finest olive oil and all the finest new wine and grain they give the Lord as the first-fruits of their harvest.  13All the land's first-fruits that they bring to the Lord will be yours.  Everyone in your household who is ceremonially clean may eat it.  14Everything in Israel that is devoted  (irrevocably given) to the Lord is yours.  15The first offspring of every womb, both man and animal that is offered to the Lord is yours; but you must redeem every firstborn son and every firstborn male of unclean animals.  16When they are a month old, you must redeem them at the redemption price set at 5 shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weights 20 gerahs.  17You must not redeem the firstborn of an ox, sheep, or goat; they are holy.  Sprinkle their blood on the altar and burn their fat as an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.  18Their meat is to be yours, just as the breast of the wave offering and the right thigh are yours.  19Whatever is set aside from the holy offerings (presented to the Lord by the Israelites) I give to you and your sons and daughters as your regular share.  It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the Lord for both you and your offspring.  (TPNT footnote says that salt is a preservative and speaks of permanence, one Jewish meaning of the Covenant of Salt.)

http://biblos.com/deuteronomy/20-5.htm - Home Dedication (safety/exorcism) -

2nd Chronicles 13:5 JKV - Ought you not to know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingdom over to Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?                         

2nd Kings 2:15, 19-21 KJV - The Spirit of Elijah does rest on Elisha...The situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord (Elisha) sees, but the water is nothing (bad) and the ground is barren (unfruitful).  He said, "Bring me a new cruse (jar) and put salt in."  They brought it to him. He went forth to the spring of the waters and cast salt in there and said,
"Thus says the Lord, 'I have healed these waters.  There shall not be from there any more death or barren land.'" 
The waters were healed to this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spoke.

Matthew 5:13 KJV - You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost his flavor, where shall it be salted?

Mark 9:49-50 KJV - Every one shall be salted with fire and every sacrifice shall be salted with saltSalt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, where will you season it?  Have salt in yourselves and have peace with one another.

Luke 14: 34 JKV - Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its flavor, where shall it be seasoned?

Publications

Chavda, Mahesh - The Hidden Power of Healing Prayer - www.watchofthelord.com - Chapter 9 Turning Bitter Water Into Sweet - "The healing was in the Word of the Lord, not in the act of sprinkling salt into the water...By...faith and obedience on Elisha's part, the Lord healed the water....The water remained pure even to the day."  The truth that it is the Word of God that/Who heals, rather than the salt, is verified in Exodus 15:22-26 The Lord showed him a tree.  When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.  Salt/tree/anything in itself without the Word of God/Holy Spirit is nothing.

Clebsch, William & Jaekle, Charles  Pastoral Care in Historical Perspective  Harper Torchback press  This book gives us some pastoral prayers for the blessing of salt.

Linn, Matthew & Dennis  Deliverance Prayer - Paulist Press - Mentoring book on the use/application/testimonies/power of blessed salt and/or water.

MacNutt, Francis - Deliverance from Evil Spirits - www.christianhealingmin.org 
Chapter 19 Deliverance through Blessed Objects references Father Rick Thomas, El Paso, Texas, USA who hands out cans of blessed salt, which results in deliverances, when sprinkled or consumed. 
http://www.aciprensa.com/radio/estuni.htm
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/word/06wl0528.htm 
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/renewaluk/gn0207/g0207ra.htm
http://mommythedre.blogspot.com/2006_07_01_archive.html
http://www.spiritdaily.org/Sign_Wonders/miraculous_multi.htm
http://www.catholicglobe.org/archive/2004/0804/05/stories/story4.htm
http://www.jesuit.org/sections/sub.asp?SECTION_ID=&SUBSECTION_ID=696&PARENT_ID=
(Father Thomas died in 2006.  He is founder of The Lord's Ranch, Juarez, Mexico.)
MacNutt chapter 19 shares the negative reaction of evil spirits to blessed salt.  One can pray when applying blessed salt, "In the name of Jesus Christ, I command all evil to leave and never return.  Holy Spirit, please come and remain."

Mendez, Ana - Shaking the Heavens - www.anamendez.org - Use of salt, a preservative, seals a spiritual covenant forever.

Trumbull, HC - The Salt Covenant - www.thechildrensbread.net

Wright, Henry W - Covenant of Salt - booklet - www.pleasantvalleychurch.net - Henry teaches 3 baptisms, one of water for forgiveness, one of the Holy Spirit for power, and one of fire for ongoing purification.  The latter he places under the covenant of salt.  See Mark 9 scripture verse above.  (It does not matter one's viewpoint as long as God has the upper hand in our lives.  It matters not so much what is in our head, but in our heart.)

Periodicals
for Pastors
                                                  Baptismal Cleansing from Witchcraft
http://www.walkinginpower.org/books/spiritual_warfare_prayers.pdf 

"The practice of witches infiltrating Christian churches in order to plant a 'working' of witchcraft against a congregation is commonplace to those experienced in spiritual warfare. Some time ago, I was called by a pastor to discern such a problem in his church. The people were attending church on Sunday morning, several started to vomit on the premises shortly after arrival. This began to happen more frequently, and soon, the numbers of people attending the services began to drop. Soon word got around that the church had a problem with witchcraft, and more and more people kept away.
The church almost closed down. I was called to walk the premises to discern for anything of witchcraft which might be hidden. I found nothing. Then, the Holy Spirit quickened my spirit to examine the baptistery. I found the water dirty,
with small particles of refuge, and, as I recall, leaves, floating on the water, although the water was supposedly changed frequently. The Holy Spirit said to me 'an unclean spirit'. As I recall, even those who were being baptized were getting sick. Further exploration revealed that the cleaning woman of the church, who had been recently fired, came from a family of practicing witches, and may have planted the 'working'. The church was restored, cleansing the baptistery and itís water, using the water-cleansing verse of 2 Kings 2:21 spoken over the baptistery and the water after taking salt in hand and decreeing it consecrated unto the Lord in Christ Jesusí Name. Pray something like this:
'Father, I decree this salt consecrated unto the Lord in Christ Jesusí Name.
I decree this baptistery cleansed of itís history and defilement according to 2 King 2:21 which says (then speak the verse).'
Throw the salt in the water. Then say, 'Father, Your Word says that in that day we shall decree (speak and declare) a thing and it shall come to pass. We decree these things accomplished for Your glory, in Christ Jesusí Name.'" - 1999 -

Internet

Hampsch, Father John H - BLESSED SALT - http://claretiantapeministry.org/teachings/SALT.html

Jewish Law & Tradition

http://jhom.com/topics/salt/covenant.htm
http://www.hebroots.org/hebrootsarchive/0209/0209b.html
http://www.rabbiforinterfaithwedding.com/Interfaith_wedding_rituals.html
"The Covenant of Salt ceremony is used in many Biblical traditions. Salt is referred to in the Bible many times, since it was a very important and valued commodity (especially before refrigeration). There are many Biblical references to "the salt of the earth". The Covenant of Salt indicates a binding contract. In the Bible, when a contract was made, each party put a pinch of salt into the pocket of the other person. It was said that when each grain of salt could be sorted, identified, and returned to the rightful owner, the contract could be broken. Today, partners each take a shaker of salt, and pour their salt into a container, joining the grains together for eternity."
 

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