Salted Babies

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Were you “rubbed with salt” when you were born again?

The story of the birth of the Hebrews:

The “newborn child” was a new people, with a new faith, a new generation considered abandoned by others, fragile and uncared for, vulnerable to the elements, and to their enemies.

Ezekiel 16:3-9

3 And say, Thus says the Lord God unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.

4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou were born thy navel was not cut, neither were thou washed in water to supple you; thou were not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.

5 None eye pitied you, to do any of these unto you, to have compassion upon you; but thou were cast out in the open field, to the loathing of thy person, in the day that thou were born.

God rescues the newborn people

6 And when I passed by you, and saw you polluted in thine own blood, I said unto you when thou were in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto you when thou were in thy blood, Live.

7 I have caused you to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou were naked and bare.

8 Now when I passed by you, and looked upon you, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over you, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I swore unto you, and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord God, and thou became mine.

9 Then washed I you with water; yea, I thoroughly washed away thy blood from you, and I anointed you with oil.

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Concept of salting a newborn

http://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/14138/ezekiel-164-why-were-babies-rubbed-with-salt

From antiquity, the evidence from Galen is often cited (see, e.g., Keil below). It comes up in his De sanitate tuenda, often known in English as “Galen’s Hygiene“.

The relevant passage is found in Bk. V. 4,2. Forcada (see below) offers this translation by H.E. Sigerist:2

The newborn infant, then, free from defect in his entire constitution, should first be powdered moderately [with salt]a and wrapped in swaddling-clothes, in order that his skin may be made thicker and firmer than the parts within.

For during pregnancy everything was equally soft, since nothing of a harder nature touched it from without, and no cold air came in contact with it, whereby the skin would be contracted and thickened, and would become harder and denser than it was before and than the other parts of the body.

But when the baby is born, it is necessarily going to come in contact with cold and heat and with many bodies harder than itself.

Therefore, it is appropriate that his natural covering should be best prepared by us to exposure.

a. συμμέτροις ἁλσὶν περιπαττόμενον = summetrois halsin peripattomenon

Rashi‘s comment on Ezekiel 16:4 displays this understanding, and seems to imply it is a current custom in his own day (12th C. France):

From here it is derived that we salt the newborn so that his flesh hardens.

C.F. Keil’s 19th century commentary echoes Rashi’s and adds an ethnographic dimension:3

After the washing, the body was rubbed with salt, according to a custom very widely spread in ancient times, and still met with here and there in the East (vid. Hieron. ad h. l. Galen, de Sanit. i. 7;Troilo Reisebeschr. p. 721);

and that not merely for the purpose of making the skin drier and firmer, or of cleansing it more thoroughly, but probably from a regard to the virtue of salt as a protection from putrefaction, “to express in a symbolical manner a hope and desire for the vigorous health of the child” (Hitzig and Hävernick).

So salting a newborn is needed to protect the skin from the new elements it will come in contact with.

This way the newborn is less vulnerable to injury and sickness.

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Need for salt in the new born believer

For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Mark 9:45

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matt 5:10

Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. Mark 9:50

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Col 4:6

Unless the new believer is salted after salvation, with “fire” of testing and learning, he remains vulnerable to the devils’ devices, and prey to every false doctrine.

His approach to others when presenting the gospel must also show preparation, with much time in prayer, education in the Word, presence of the Holy Spirit, humility, and experience by testing.

While being taught by others is helpful, and a good beginning, the individual must travel his own path, mature, learn on his own, and stand firm in his own tests.

While he can ask for prayer support, no one can take his tests for him. This is a private experience.

The new believer must also learn to fight in spiritual combat.

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Many of the problems we see today in the church reflects a “lack of salt.”

People may get saved, but then the experience ends there, and they remain immature.

They do not pray, and they do not even know how to pray.

They depend on their pastors to spoon feed them each week, if they attend that often.

They know little about their own faith, and cannot defend it to others.

Many fall away with false doctrine.

They offend easily, and respond offensively.

They may know facts, but they do not understand deeply.

While maturity has one walking in the spirit, the immature walks in the flesh.

It would be easy for this unsalted person to fall back away from the Lord.

It is the duty of each believer to grow up, and be able to stand on one’s own feet, not depending on others.

It is their duty to toughen up, and be able to withstand the hot and cold extremes of life.

This lesson must start on day one of salvation.

And it is the responsibility of every mature believer around them to steer the new born in the right direction.

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Do you have salt in your life?

Have you been salted with the fires in life?

If not, you have much to endure ahead of you, and you need to seek God in your life, or you will not pass the tests coming.

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I wish you success in your tests.

More importantly, know that the Lord will be with you.

Isaiah 43:2

2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

Red heart


14 Responses to “Salted Babies”

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    • One of the most common misunderstanding is not following all of Jesus’ commandments seen in Jn.14:15, seen in Jn.15:20 and 2 Pt.3:18 to grow in Grace and even to study the Spirit of Grace as well as the doctrines of Grace in the eyes of our Lord, with His mind, seen in 1 Cor.2:1-16, with His Spirit teaching us all His words of life to us by Himself as seen in 1 Jn.2:20 & 27, because God cannot make mistakes in the interpretation of His own inspired words to us, that He had written for our admonishment, 2 Pt.1:19-21, seen in 1 Pt.3-25 and beyond for all scripture is tied directly together for the word of God is life unto us only if we heed it and obey it, Jn.10:35, seen in Is.28:9-12, which all must be weaved together His way in the correct order that is of God and not of man’s doing Jn.1:12-13 by the proper baptism seen in Lk.24:47 and carried out in Ac.2:37-40, and with many more words did peter talk to them of the things of God in Christ reconciling the whole world unto Himself by Jesus Christ who is God with us our Immanuel, Mt.1:23, and the knowledge of who Jesus is as seen in Is.40:3, which John the Baptist did in the Spirit of Elijah as seen in Mt.17:10-13! That God the Father is the Holy Spirit, Jn.4:23-24 and we are to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth Jn.1:17, that is only seen in Jesus Christ, who is God manifest Jn.1:1-18 and seen again by another writer that has seen Him as well as I. We look no further than to scripture for the justification that is only found in His Truths, that there is only One Baptism Eph.4:4-5 for One Father of us as seen in Jn.1:30 and Jn.12:45, that when you have seen Jesus you have seen the Father and hince forth you have seen Him and know Him Jn.14″7 and it is by Him and His words to us we have our living, for His words to us are living words of truth and eternal life Jn.:6:68 as seen in verses prior to these, to be read in faith believing and then actually living them, as seen in Col.3:17, or you end up as Saul in 1 Sam.15 with his kingdom and reign taken away form him and given to another more deserving then he as seen in verses 22-23 for obedience is better than continual sacrifices of repentance! For born again Children of God being the very name of Jesus Christ and have put Him on Gal.3:26-27, must go and sin no more, or a worse things will come upon them as well according to Jesus’ words to us, Jn.8:11 and seen in Jn.5:14 as well as 1 Jn.5:18, because it is His word that lives in us that keeps us form sinning, when we bey His words to us every single one of them Mt.4:4 Lk.4:4 Jn.14:15, Jn.8:51 Lk.11:28 and on and on the word goes because they are all of God and are tied directly to each other by His will and the power of His name Ps.138:2, His words are magnified and above all, His name! For it is by His name we have our power in faith Jn.14:14, Jms.2:1-26! By our Understanding put into our actions and we become that living, new creature and sacrifice of praise the our living God who is alive in us, with confirmations given as seen in Ac.10:1-48 seen in action and confirmed to be God’s Grace given to Cornelius and his household by their faith in action of repentance of a pure heart with the right motive to be a servant of God, Lk.17:7-10 for that is what is required of a disciple of God who has weighed the cost of Salvation as well as Discipleship as Jesus said when they laid the foundation they had enough left to finish the building because they had studied and knew what it was going to cost them to be purchased with the very blood of God Ac.20:28 seen in Jn.20:28. Then that is when we start to worship in Spirit (His Spirit Jn.14:18 & 26, Jn.15:3, 20, & 26 seen in Jn.16:13 as well, on the Day of Pentecost, all that Joel said came to pass of God’s Spirit being poured out on all flesh to ask for and to recieve Lk.11:13, as seen in Ac.16:21, to these who heard the word of God Jn.8:47 and knew it was of God; it is they who became the Son’s of God, His way Jn.1:12-13! That is not of man’s doing but of God and His Holy Spirit seen in Ac.2:1-4!

      Therefore let every idle word we will be held to account for (Mt.12:36-37) be salted and seasoned with HIS ALMIGHTY TRUTHS IN US and taught to us by God’s Is.54:13, Jer.31:31-34, and Jn.6:44-47 as seen as well in Heb.6:18 because our God changes not Mal.3:6 and 16-18, seen also in Ecc.12:7-14 and Heb.13:8 & verse 9 no one wants the speak of, for is says we are to live according to all His doctrines and not those made up by man’s dogmas! But the Eternal Living Word of God to His children who live in His righteousness, Mt.5:17-20 as well as found Holy among all the brethren, who pick up the weaker ones Jms.5:19-20 seen in 2 Tm.2:19-26 and Mk.8:34-38, that is of the will of God in all of our lives for His words will not become void Is.55:1-13 for His words will live forevermore, Mt.24:35, and unless our words line up to His we too will be found a liard Ro.3:1-ffs as seen in Jn.12:45-50!

      As seen in my dissertation or lecture on this subject matter here: https://garylordsway.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/every-idle-word-we-speak-we-will-give-an-answer-for-mt-1236-37/

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      1 Tm.3:16 & 6:11-21; Is.60:1-22; Is.40:3; Mt.4:4, worshipping in Spirit and in Truth Jn.4:23-24, Jn.1:17; the One True God in Jesus reconciling the world unto Himself, 2 Cor.5:19-21 so that we to can come out from among this world that lies in wickedness, 1 Jn.5:19 and worship the One True God Jesus Christ seen in 1 Jn.5:20; Is.9:6 who is the Mighty God! The First and the Last, Rev.4:8, who is the Holy Spirit manifested in the flesh, 1 Tm.3:16 because God is a Spirit seen and talked about by Jesus Himself in Jn.4:24; and when you have seen Jesus, you have seen the one who sent Him, Jn.12:45; for they are one in the same, Jn.10:30!

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  2. This came in the right I lost all my salt in my testing that I thot is the other other person to blame
    Well I just need your prayer. Thank you
    ann

    • annie

      It sounds like you need a support system.

      seek out friends and family.

      I am sending you prayers for strength

      print out and say each day.

      I will be in agreement with you in prayer

  3. Wow….this was really good! And so illustrates the dire need in the Church, for discipleship – the one-on-one, mentoring kind – not just attending regular services. Bill Hybels said, “You can’t mass-produce disciples…” Robert Murry McShayne, and other leaders in past centuries were VERY concerned that converts had had a genuine experience, not just some tears at the altar, and temporary excitement. May those of us who have walked w/ the LORD for a few years, be more attuned to the needs of the spiritual babies around us….

    • cindy

      I see this so often. what is sad is to see elderly people who have been in the church their whole lives, and they are still being spoon fed.

      they are not prepared for anything, and they are useless as far as the gospel goes

      how is your son doing? is he still in school?

    • So many churches, that I have known in the past, were the “feel good” churches where you show up on a Sunday, maybe there would be a brief reference to the Bible, then the remainder was all about how wonderful it is to be here and how wonderful we all are. There might be a song or two, pass the plate, and on with the church sales and such. Perhaps with well intentions, but there was no mentoring and no talk of discipleship.

      Though I have no training, when I talk with people, most eventually get around to talking about this problem or that problem. The next thing I ask them is if they have a spiritual path, a relationship with God? I can’t refer them to a church because I don’t know of any, but I share with them that they do not need a priest or minister to speak with God. And, though my life hasn’t been without difficulties, the walk has been much easier with Christ. And that we do not have to walk alone.

      • denise

        i agree….the Lord is with us, and we will never be alone.. and the greatest mentor is the holy spirit

      • I agree with you its like my church no one talks about the sec coming the rapture only coming events then body and bleed each Sunday class for that week dinners groups and events at coffee shop connected to the church

  4. I am learning everyday that salting helps us to go through a process on this Christian journey. In society today everything is so modern. It needs and wants to be done immediately. This is why you have so many immature Christians because they are not salted, preserved because they have not processed in the Christ. We are His people and we submit to Him in every trial and temptation and don’t stop but go through.

  5. I have never heard of salting a baby till now and im Jewish. (I found out I was Jewish a few weeks ago.) could someone please explain it to me?

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