A Covenant of Salt
Dr. Randy White
“Do you not know that the Lord God of Israel gave the rule over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?" (2 Chronicles 13:5, NASB95)
I recently officiated at a wedding that had a “Covenant of Salt,” something of which I was not familiar. The bride and groom each had a small container of salt which, at the proper time, they mixed together into a small bowl. It was symbolic of the covenant they were making in marriage, and the understanding was that when the bride or the groom could retrieve their portion of salt from the mixture, they would be free to walk away from the covenant. Obviously, this is an impossible task, and so it is a marriage declared to last “till death do you part.”
In the Old Testament we have the phrase “Covenant of Salt” both in today’s passage and in Numbers 18:19. In Leviticus 2:13 the Jews were told to place salt on their offerings as a representation of their faithfulness to God. The understanding of a Salt Covenant is debatable among scholars, yet one thing is certain: it represented permanency.
And one of God’s permanent covenants to Israel was that a Son of David would have rule over the nation of Israel. When Jesus was born—whose earthly foster father was “of the house of David” and whose mother was also a descendent of David—the angel Gabriel announced that “the Lord God will give him the throne of His father David, and He will rule over the House of Jacob forever!”
Though rejected, He promises to come again and reign on that throne. His millennial Kingdom will fulfill all prophecies relating to the Messiah. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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