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Matthew 7:6 – Those Who Value the Truth Are After God’s Heart

Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

– Matthew 7:6

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

“That which is holy” refers to all the sacrifices that were distinguished as holy and offered on the altar in the Old Testament (Ref: Lev 22:2, 6, 10; 14-16). The pearls are the extremely valuable treasure (Ref: Gen 2:12; Pro 3:15). The Lord used the holy things and pears as metaphor for the most precious thing: truth. The dogs and pigs mentioned here are the metaphor for those who don’t love the truth but trample on the truth (Ref: Exo 22:31; Mat 15:26, 27; 2Pe 2:22; Rev 22:15). If someone gives the holy things or pearls to the dogs or pigs, they will not cherish the treasure, but trample on it, and also hurt the person who gives the treasure to them. We can say that there’s a principle of preaching gospel based on this verse: it’s no need to share the truth with those who don’t love the truth, who can’t understand the truth, who condemn the truth as soon as they hear God’s word, because what they can do is merely misinterpreting and resisting the truth. It won’t satisfy God nor benefit God’s work. Even if they believe in God grudgingly, they will be never loyal to God.

 

Prayer

In many cases, I neither have any principles in how I treat people nor many experiences in preaching the gospel. I just work by zeal for the Lord. May God guide me to preach the gospel according to the principles so that what I do will be in line with God’s will. Amen!

 

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