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Do not give dogs what is sacred…

June 18, 2009

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 then turn and tear you to pieces.”

I can’t figure out what this verse means. I’m trying to look at it in the context of the passage, which is Jesus talking about not judging others.

Is Jesus saying that we shouldn’t give out time to sinners? I don’t think that’s what it’s saying, because that wouldn’t make much sense to me.

I could look at a commentary.. But I’d rather hear from all of you and your thoughts.

So… Calling all you seminarians. Or just people who want to chime in. 🙂 What do you think?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon permalink
    June 18, 2009 1:01 pm

    I don’t think this means don’t give them time. Instead, I think it has something to do with not trying to please others who will ultimately disregard your efforts and treat you poorly anyways. Instead, you should devote your effort to those who will appreciate what you do.

  2. June 18, 2009 1:13 pm

    I have always understood it to mean that we’re not to waste the riches of God’s kingdom to those who mock, scorn, deride, etc. It’s not worth it.

    Jesus is not referring to non-believers but to those who specifically trample and attack. Don’t waste effort on those who are bound and determined to make Jesus an object of scorn. Obviously, wisdom and discernment are required.

    Just as we don’t create a gourmet meal and feed it to our dogs and cats. We cook the meal for those who will appreciate it, who will sit and savor and engage.

  3. December 16, 2009 4:13 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know about this topic up to the present. Thankz.

  4. sue permalink
    March 30, 2011 1:07 pm

    I think Alvalyn Lundgren (above)explains it well. It seems to imply you are already aware of the nature or heart (dogs & pigs) of those you would be offering this treasure (Gospel of Salvation) to- knowing it would be treated with contempt and trampled–Jesus says don’t do it because it is TRUEST HOLY TREASURE: Himself.

  5. MegaFlyButterfly permalink
    January 28, 2013 10:55 am

    Read the Gospel of Philip: It discusses the conditions of the soul or levels of consciousness:

    “The bodily forms will not deceive him[the disciple of God], but he will look at the condition of the soul of each one and speak with him. There are many animals in the world which are in a human form. When he identifies them, to the swine he will throw acorns, to the cattle he will throw barley and chaff and grass, to the dogs he will throw bones. To the slaves he will give only the elementary lessons, to the children he will give the complete instruction.”
    Another translation inserts ‘Sons of God’ for ‘children’ and ‘the perfect’ for ‘the complete instruction.’

    swine-sow-scattered (as in scatterbrain), cattle-catel-movable property (whether cow or sheep it means timid and stupid as in cowardly) , oppressed, dogs-hound- to pursue relentlessly (followers), slaves-thing that changes allegiance-dependent on the master instead of themselves (associated with orphan-deprived of free status, a parentless child is not an heir, children (Sons of God), it is through heredity/genetics/origin that one receives the inheritance. John Chapter 3 reads, “And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven…”

    One is moving from lower consciousness to higher consciousness. The bible says Jesus only spoke in parables because seeing they did not see and hearing they did not hear. He says to his disciples “to you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God”

    So do not give that which belongs to God or your inheritance to people who follow through repetition or tradition. [It it said that you have made the Word of God void by your traditions]; do not throw your “pearls of wisdom” [that which is valuable, the knowledge of what is true] to someone who is incapable of thought and unable to pay attention. [Feet are representative of the lower mind because they touch the ground.] The only way that people with a dog or pig consciousness can/will handle the information is with the physical/lower mind (feet). So they will trample it, and you will be “torn to pieces” or devastated. It’s like you have the “good news”, you have something so awesome and you want to share it with everyone, and when you do people don’t understand what you’re saying or they don’t care or they simply don’t believe you. You cannot show these people the way. Jesus told his disciples, “I am that Way, and that Truth, and that Life. No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
    Once you have a renewed mind, you have the mind of Christ as Apostle Paul states. Galatians 4:7 reads: “thou art no more a servant, but a son: now if thou be a son, thou art also the heir of God through Christ.”. The consciousness or the understanding of the Son of God and having the mind of Christ is Christ Consciousness.

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