Pigs n Pearls…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 7:6-

Don’t give to dogs what is holy, and don’t throw your pearls to the pigs. If you do they may trample them under their feet, then turn and attack you. – Jesus

 

This calls for reflection and meditation. There was a time when Jesus called a Gentile woman a dog. Her perseverance won his grace and her request was granted. He told her he had come to the house of Israel. She asked for the crumbs from the living bread he brought to the children of Israel.

 

Would that conversation , knowledge of it shed light on restricting what is holy, and taking care of pearls of wisdom? Proverbs likens wisdom to pearls. So is there a principle to be found here?

 

Essentially, though in some places this is not true, it isn’t common practice to give dogs that which is kept for family or honored guests. Pearls are generally worn about the neck and not thrown out to be trampled as the oyster shells are on driveways and parking lots.

 

At the risk of being called politically or socially offensive, who are the dogs and pigs? There are those with whom a sharing of the gospel becomes a vicious attack as it states in the Word. There are those to whom it is useless to share any wisdom gained as Proverbs advises time and time again; calling those who do not ‘hear’ what is said, fools. There is a sense of knowing the worth of something. That which is holy has great value; the pearls of wisdom as well. There is the knowledge that there are some truths that are lost on those without the Holy Spirit’s presence and guidance.

 

This calls for discernment. This calls for knowing who is ready to receive and appreciate the worth of God’s truths. This also speaks to relationships with others. Guard what is precious; don’t cheapen it by broadcasting it.

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Judging…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 7:1-

Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged–the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure you. Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but not notice the log in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the splinter out of your eye,” when you have a log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First, take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly, so that you can remove the splinter from your brother’s eye!-Jesus

 

 

Spoken to believers in reference to the brotherhood. This was not spoken to non-believers. “Don’t judge” is followed by how to judge. One must see clearly to remove a splinter; apply that statement to what is being judged. Are the magnifying lenses of Scripture in place? Is the eye washed clean enough to see? Shoppers judge produce before they buy. How does the fruit look?

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Anxiety?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 6:28-

And why be anxious about clothing? Think about the fields of wild irises, and how they do grow. They neither work nor spin thread, yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these. If this is how God clothes grass in the field–which is here today and gone tomorrow, thrown in an oven–won’t he much more clothe you? What little trust you have!! – Jesus

 

Can the believer trust God for healing? Can the believer trust God for job and spouse? Can the believer trust God for food and shelter? Can the believer trust God for attire? A believer has trusted God for salvation…then why would a believer not trust, have faith for the rest of what makes life?   The last question is how much faith does a believer have? Enough to be a believer? Then what…?

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Not exercising faith in all of the elements of life is not believing what God has said. That lack of faith is disrespect in the sense it states that what God has said is not true. That was the first question posed to Eve. The deception is real and subtle. It begins with a question and ends with death. If there is faith for salvation, a stated belief in God and his gift to all through Christ, then there is no room for anxiety. Anxiety is evidence of lack of faith and calls into question the believer’s first statement of belief. Don’t be caught up in the web of deception and think worry is a small matter. Ask of the Lord for the faith to truly believe and apply that belief to life in all its forms.

 

For more on Faith: Faith or Presumption by Joe Quatrone , https://joequatronejr.com/2012/03/30/faith-or-presumption/

 

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