Matthew 4:18-25… Things are getting salty
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers* of men.
G231 ἁλιεύς halieus [ha-liy-efs’] n. a sailor [as engaged on the salt water] / This one of the many reasons why Yeshua used the example of the people being salt.
Matthew 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
Mark 9:50 “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
Salt is essential for life in general, and saltiness is one of the basic human tastes. The tissues of animals contain larger quantities of salt than do plant tissues. Salt is one of the oldest and most common food seasonings, and salting is an important method of food preservation. Here Yeshua is using it in the context of preserving the people.
Psalm 16:1 “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.” Psalm 37:28 “For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved forever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”
Luke 17:33 “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
24 And his fame (hearing) went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases (various disabilities) and torments (crippling harm), and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic (satanic crazy), and those that had the palsy (paralyzed); and he healed them.
25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis (a country in Palestine, which contained ten principal cities, on both of the Jordan, chiefly east, they were, Scythopolis, Philadelphia, Raphanae, Gadara, Hippos, Dios, Pella, Gerasa, Canatha, and Damascus), and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.