“The Covenant of Salt…”
In II Chronicles 13, there is a battle raging between Jeroboam, King of Israel, and Abijah, King of Judah. Jeroboam, King of Israel, was serving false gods, in addition to a “golden calf,” and an army of 800,000… not just “soldiers,” but an army of 800,000 valiant men!
Abijah was outnumbered, but he stood up on Mt. Zemaraim and yelled and reminded Jeroboam of the “covenant of salt.” That God had given a “covenant of salt” to Israel, through David, and this “covenant stood ever.” I did not fully understand the “salt covenant,” so I did some research… sure enough, “salt” was used when God made a “covenant” with Israel… “it is a covenant of salt for ever before the Lord unto thee and to thy seed with thee.” (Numbers 18:19)
Salt is a preservative and has a purifying effect. Newborn babies were to be “dusted with salt.” God used the “salt covenant” to show that “no matter how bad the circumstance,” or “no matter how you may feel,” or “even if you are outnumbered,” God’s covenant still works. His Word for us is still true.
The “rest of the story…” King Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come before and behind Judah; Judah was in a “trap!” (Ever feel as though you are caught in a trap? We all do, at one time.) But Jeroboam did not realize that even though he “outnumbered Judah,” and even though “he fixed an ambushment” all around Judah, that there was still a “salt covenant,” back generations, that could not be broken! Ha! “God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.” (II Chronicles 13:15)
God is a “covenant keeping God.” Every promise He has made to us, through His Word, He will keep! Always remember that you have a “ram in the bush,” the “covenant of salt,” the Word of God! Sherry