To be “swine“ or “dogs” is in part referring to the attitude and actions of people who don’t value what Christ values. However a deeper study of this command will reveal something that is very close to God‘s heart: the preciousness of His truth.
Where this command is found:
“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”
More and more in our day there is a growing disdain toward the things of God, His Word and the truth it contains. While we as believers see God as holy and His Word as a precious gift, the world rejects both. In fact, not only does the world reject God and His Word, but they call evil good and good evil. This is why the command of Christ, Do Not Cast Pearls, is so important.
As Christians, God has given us the wonderful privilege of sharing His Word with others. But as this command warns, we must be careful with whom, how, and when we share it. If we are not careful, we risk casting what is holy and precious at the feet of those who will not only trample them, but will also attack us. It is only the wisdom and understanding that comes from God, His Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit that will enable us to have the discernment we need.
The book of Proverbs is full of examples of the result of either heeding or rejecting God’s Word. Those who reject it become ensnared, but those who heed it, find it to be a precious treasure of priceless value. Let’s daily look to God to provide us wisdom and opportunities to share His Word with those who are ready to hear it!
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Just as pearls are precious, so is the work of God in the life of a believer. It should be the heart of every Christian to share with others the Word of God and the work He is doing in their lives. But we must recognize that not everyone values these and sees them as treasures.
We need the Lord‘s wisdom & discernment on when to share truth and when not to share it. He knows the hearts of people, and He knows when the timing is going to be the most fruitful & most effective.
There is a tendency in Christianity today to try to win the world but use the world's methods. As Keith Daniel said, “You don’t win the world by becoming like the world. The world will win you — that’s all that will happen.”