“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (Matthew 7:6)”
This verse seems to be a little out-of-place. Because in verse 1, Jesus says not to judge, unless you want to be judged also. There is a right way and there is a wrong way to judge people; here in this chapter, he is saying don’t be hypocritical when you make your judgments.
Then in verse 12, he tells them to treat people in the same way that they would like to be treated by others.
So, are we supposed to see some (judge) people as dogs or swine, and therefore we hold back our pearls of (knowledge or truth)? Are we supposed to make eternal life & death decisions, by saying this person or that person is beyond God’s reach?
I understand that there are some who will vehemently reject God’s truth and knowledge, where they tread under foot our witness of God’s word. But, is that what this verse means here? Or, could Jesus be speaking about a hypocritical attitude that sees everyone one else as a dog or swine?
If your attitude is, everyone is just an old dirty sinner; if this is your approach (judgment) towards people. If this is how you treat people, then you should expect people to treat you the same way. If you treat them like a dog or a pig, then don’t be surprised by the response you get back.
Cast your pearls with an attitude of love, with the hope that some may be caught or picked up. You may need to cast them more than once. Blessings your enemies, will mean, that you will even be casting some in their direction also.
Could this be part of the large beam in our own eyes, that needs to be removed, before we can see clearly to help others to remove the small things that prevent them from seeing clearly?
How can you cast your pearls in confidence, if you don’t think it’s going to do any good? What good is it, if you think your pearls are too good for the people who are before you?
Love hopes and believes all things; cast your pearls and let God be the judge, if they are too far gone to be reached. It’s his job to draw the people to himself, yours is to cast the seed!