Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Salt of the Earth

Salt in the River: Healing the Land
This is input around 2nd Kings 2:19-22.
Elisha adding salt to the water was acting as a Priest as well as Prophetically. The geographic location is important, Jericho was the entrance city of Israel in their return/ restoration.
Using salt is a sign of covenant agreement between two parties and is still in use today in the Middle East. When parties agree to something they sit down eat bread and salt together as a sealing. This includes the offerings unto Yahweh. Numb.18:19, 2nd Chron.13:5
Salt is a main ingredient in the temple incense along with the other spices in equal amounts for the alter of ’prayer’.
In Ezekiel 43:18-27 as he is being shown the restored Temple (most likely the Eternal one) the alter is being cleansed and the sacrifices are being burned (holocaust- whole burnt offering Hebrew idea- burnt until all the wood is gone a complete purifying) the salt of the covenant is thrown on.
As we stand at the Eastern entrance of the Navajo Nation the salting of the San Juan River has great power and witness to the seen and unseen powers.
The river itself speaks loud about Yahweh’s heart for this land and “The Character of the Land” He gave when He set it aside for the Dine, Gen.11, Deut.32:7-8, Acts 17:22-31.
As per a conversation with Eric two important facts have come to my attention. The river as far as he knows has no specific Navajo name, and the people who are identified by this river are called “people from the water”.
Adding this to the name of this “water” being named specifically for the first time “San Juan” this leads us to a part in the picture Yahweh wants us to see.
The rivers name translated to into Hebrew is actually a strong statement. The Spanish into English most every one knows- Saint John. The Hebrew is Qadosh Yochanan or maybe Nazar instead of Qadosh. Either means separation but as Yahweh was speaking to me about this a couple of weeks ago the thought was Qadosh so I will go with that.
Any way the statement is; Qadosh- selected and set aside
Yochanan- the mercy, grace ie salvation deliverance of Yahweh.
Combining these we understand that the San Juan River and its region of influence mean: This water and the people sustained by it are set aside as messengers or proclaimers of Yahweh’s grace salvation, leading to deliverance from bondage from the kingdom outside of His (set apart). This influence is upon all who are sustained by the River’s flow. (And from the conversation with Pastor Eric, this river is “the” main maybe only water source on the Reservation.)
During the conversation he said that people who were identified from this region were call, “Out from the water people”. This would then mean that since there was not a particular name for what the Spanish called the San Juan then those of us in Shiprock (largest settlement on the Reservation connected to the River) are the people of the water that has been set aside by the Creator-Yahweh to speak of His Salvation to the region.
Also the San Juan River Basin is a micro (smaller) image of the Colorado Plateau which I think is a sign that the heart of the Plateau is the San Juan River Basin therefore the starting point for the Four Corners.
Therefore as we place the Salt and other spices (contained in the anointing oil in to the river we are acknowledging Yahweh’s plan for the “Out of the Water People” as bring life-living water to the rest of the dry and weary land.
Let us cast the Salt of the Covenant on the Water.


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