Dogs, pigs and sacred things

Wisdomforlife

What did Jesus mean when he said, “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” (Matthew 7:6)?

How should we apply this?

Jesus used a metaphor to forbid wasting something valuable on an undeserving object. Yet it’s not immediately clear what shouldn’t be wasted and on whom.

Two questions are necessary

  1. Who are the dogs and pigs?
  2. What are the sacred things and pearls?

Jesus pictured a man holding a bag of costly pearls confronting a pack of wild pigs. The man takes out his pearls and begins throwing them to the animals as if he were throwing feed to them.

The animals instinctively pounce on the pearls as if they were food. Upon realizing that the pearls are too hard to chew and not something…

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