by: Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.
It is written in Proverbs 9:7-8, “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you (NIV).” Let us also read the book of Matthew 7:6, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces (NIV).”The first part of the verse which is “Do not give dogs what is sacred (Matthew 7:6);” it talks about something holy that is forbidden for dogs. Both dogs and pigs were unclean animals according to the Mosaic law. Dogs are not pets in those days. When Jesus spoke these words, dogs in those days are roaming scavengers. They usually traveled in packs, and very dangerous. To call someone a “dog” during the first century was the lowest insult ’till now. Pig is the most degrading word worse than a dog until today. Under the dietary laws given by God for Israel the pig was a forbidden, and unclean animal. It was common for the first century Jews to refer to gentiles as swine, because they consider them “Unclean.” One thing for sure, Jesus didn’t try to calm the mockers. He purposely offended them. Jesus said, “Don’t give your pearls to a pig,” because a pig is dumb and ignorant to understand the pearl’s worth or value (Matthew 7:6).
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces .”Matthew 7:6, NIV
Spiritual dumbness has nothing to do with one’s I . Q . You can be a certified genius, yet be dumb as a rock in spiritual matters. However, the warning here, involves more than spiritual dumbness as in pigs trampling underfoot valuable pearls. There is a parallel thought at the end of the verse that refers back to the dogs. What is this holy thing that causes dogs to turn on you, and tear you to pieces? To answer this question is never give the Gospel to people who have already rejected the TRUTH. Jesus spoke of religious leaders who were offended by what he said in Matthew 15:14, “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit (NIV).” This verse is a designation applied to all who’s not following the Word of God. Don’t waste your time preaching to those who are obviously hardened and sarcastic.
You can be a certified genius, yet be dumb as a rock in spiritual matters.Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.
The Holy Bible compares the truth about the Kingdom of God. Jesus signified the doctrines of the Gospel as Pearls, whereas the Dogs represents the people who rejects, oppose, and abuse the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These people who debunk the Truth are hostile and wicked. They like growling and quarrelsome as vicious as a dog. The Swine signify those who would trample God’s commandments and His principles. In other words, these are the populace who love and live an impure life, corrupt, polluted, profane, and obscene.
In His sermon, Jesus used dogs and pigs as “Representatives” of those who would ridicule, reject, and blaspheme the Gospel once it is presented and introduce to them. We are not to expose the Gospel of Jesus Christ who continually rejects and ridicules, for it is like casting pearls before pigs. We can identify such people through discernment, which is given to all Christians. In 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 declares, “The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ (NIV).”
The command not to cast your pearls before pigs does not mean we refrain or stop from preaching the Gospel. Jesus Himself ate with, and taught sinners and tax collectors (Matthew 9:10). In Significance of our topic in Matthew 7:6 is the same that Jesus gave to His Apostles when He said in Matthew 10:14. We are to share the Gospel, but when it becomes apparent that the Gospel is not “Welcome,” we are to move on. We are responsible to share the Good News, BUT We are not “Responsible” for people’s response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are responsible to share the Good News, BUT We are not “Responsible” for people’s response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.“Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.
Pigs don’t appreciate pearls, and some populace, “DO NOT” appreciate what Christ has done for them. Our job is not to force conversions or the Gospel of Jesus Christ down on people’s throat. There are many people around the world who are deeply interested in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They want to know the truth which will set them free. All we need to is serve them by sharing the Truth about God’s Perfect Love. To God be the Glory!
“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you .”Proverbs 9:7-8,(NIV)