Pigs and Pearls

Re:Verse passage – Matthew 7:1-6, 12 (day seven) 

Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. vs 6

What an odd verse to follow an iconic illustration. So much so, that this verse gets lost. Who else felt like you had never really studied this part of the passage? Same here! So, who are the dogs? Who are the pigs, and what are the pearls?  Because this verse is not as cut and dry as the speck and log, there are lots of interpretations, but I would say we can make an educated guess here in light of some context.

Pearls are valuable. What is the most valuable thing we can give to others? The Gospel! Yes, we are not supposed to judge others (speck and log), but God has given us the Holy Spirit to know when it is time to move along. When our attempts to help change the lives of others are met with continual dismissal, sometimes the best thing to do is to move on to the next person. If your pearls are not appreciated, it is okay to find the place where God will put them on display for others to truly see!

Author: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson is the Associate Pastor for Students.

One thought on “Pigs and Pearls”

  1. Once again, my son speaks to me. Wow, your words are amazing, as usual and such a good reminder for me as I know it is for all who reads. You may be years younger than your mom, but you are wise beyond your years! Thank you 😊

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