Reading today from 2 Kings 1 – 3…
“And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.” 2 Kings 2:20-22 (KJB)
It seems that Jericho had a water problem. They had water, but it was bitter. Here is John Gill’s commentary on verse on 2 Kings 2:19,
but the water is naught, and the ground barren; that is, that part of it where this water was, or ran, for from thence it became barren; or “caused to miscarry”, as the word signifies (q); not only trees cast their fruit, which it watered, but women became abortive that drank of it, as Josephus says (r), and so cattle. Abarbinel thinks it was so from the times of Joshua, being cursed by him; but, if so, it would not have been inhabited again; rather this was owing to a new curse, upon its being rebuilt; though this might affect only a small part of the ground, not the whole, as before observed. John Gill from e-Sword
This was Elisha’s first recorded act following the snatching away of Elijah, his mentor in prophetic ministry. This was a miracle; bitter, poisonous water had been made sweet. Only GOD can do miracles, and if you notice the words of Elisha, he says, “Thus said the LORD…” God is saying, “I have healed the waters…”. The prophet by no means takes any credit for himself. And that water stayed sweet.
Now, Christian do you remember Jesus’s words in the Sermon on the Mount? This is what He said,,,
“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.” Matthew 5:13
When we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we became the salt of the earth. Salt is a seasoning. Salt is a healing agent as it was for the water at Jericho; and healing for the souls of Adamkind. Are we being the salt of the earth with our lives? Are we being faithful? Are bitter lives being made sweet?