This year we study the New Testament. Last Sunday was full of “Eye of the Needle” and “Salt that lost its savor.”

Those are interesting because they have so much context. A camel going through the eye of a needle was a contemporary figure of speech for “impossible” at the time of Christ.

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Not surprisingly, the word “elephant” was often used instead of “camel.”

As for salt losing its savor there were multiple metaphors and teachings.

The first involved restoring the savor of salt with the help of a pregnant mule. The punch line is that just like mules don’t get pregnant, salt doesn’t lose its savor or saltiness if it is really salt.

The next involved blocks of salt used in ovens that were fused over time and replaced. The message there was that salt was consumed in doing good as we should wear out our lives doing good

It was also used as a metaphor for the impossible or for a metaphor that real salt keeps its flavor, only fake salt, like a wolf among sheep, would do something so out of place.

2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

Ezekiel 34

Coming up we have Christ’s sermons on hypocrisy. Where much of the Old Testament is about the constant way entities tend to become corrupt and enrich themselves at the expense of the membership the New Testament includes the clash between Christ and the hierarchy of the church.

I often wonder what message this has for our time.

What do you think we should take away from the coming weeks study of the Bible?