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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

DO NOT GIVE DOGS WHAT IS SACRED; DO NOT THROW YOUR PEARLS TO PIGS

July 28, 2006

REFLECTIONS:
· If you walk on footsteps of others, no one will be able to trace your
track, for your footprints are not visible.
· A pessimist is a person who is always blowing out the light to see
how
dark it is.
· The art of life is using the shadows to emphasise the highlights.

TEXT: Matt 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. NIV
Proverbs 27:14 If a man loudly blesses his neighbour early in the
morning,
it will be taken as a curse. NIV

Jesus Christ who said, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of
mine
and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on
the
rock” (Matthew 7:24). Some of the words he taught include recognising
what is sacred and precious that should be kept off people that he
portrayed as ‘dogs and pigs’. These truths dawned to me at a time a
‘friend’ acted in a way that hurt other friends and brought confusion
to
the church of Jesus Christ. As I contemplated taking the burden of
correcting the situation which would have meant exposing the errant
brother, the word of God came; that what is sacred is not to be given
to
dogs. In addition, if the dogs and pigs are given what is sacred and
precious can be disastrous because;
1. They will trample them under their feet – To trample is to crush,
flatten, walk on, stamp on, suppress, look down.
2. They will turn and tear you to pieces – Cause you to lose confidence
in
God and in your self, lose your vision and sense of purpose.

What is sacred? What are pearls? When do people qualify to be described
as
‘dogs and pigs’?

WHAT IS SACRED AND OF HIGH VALUE Sacred – Holy, set apart,
consecrated,
hallowed. Pearls are precious gems found in shell fish. They are items
of
high value. Jesus compares the kingdom of God to merchant looking for
precious pearls (Matthew 13:45). What makes a person set apart?
1. Awareness and acceptance of God’s grace – “For it is by grace you
have
been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift
of
God- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Those
who actively respond to the grace of God are given power to become the
children of God (John 1:12). Your self concept, esteem, and dignity
are
based on your new birth in Christ Jesus and that makes you a priest of
God, an ambassador of the kingdom of God on earth, and a child of God.
You
are set apart as a full time servant of God wherever you are. That
means
whatever comes from you is sacred.
2. Awareness of your mission during your tenure on earth. "Before I
formed
you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart ;(
Jeremiah 1:5). There is a need that God knew you would be the answer to
and so has equipped you to respond to it. The God given ideas, when
implemented unlock opportunities for you and for others. Those ideas
may
come in form of a desire, a need, a vision, an irritation that makes
you
unfulfilled until you move towards its fulfilment. Moses was irritated
by
Pharaoh’s mishandling of his people, and God used him to deliver them
from
that oppressive situation. Paul mended tents in order to earn money to
enable him communicate the gospel to the Greeks. No beating, opposition
or
imprisonment would take away his vision.
3. Awareness of the power of mental diet in keeping the mission
effective.
‘. . . be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be
able
to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect
will
(Romans 12:2b). What you feed your mind with determines the attitude
and
choices that you make. Time invested in the word of God, fellowship of
others who share your beliefs and prayer will strengthen your resolve.
Other resources that keep you in your call include the power of the
Holy
Spirit, who counsels, guides, leads you into the truth, ability to read
and select information that ‘grows’ you. Ability to think and express
ideas logically. Use of language to communicate ideas that are in your
mind. These are all very precious in lets of what separates you and
makes
you precious.

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE THAT JESUS CHRIST DESCRIBES AS DOGS AND PIGS

· People who have thinking that fails to acknowledge the presence of
God.
These are people who have selected to show contempt and belittle
anything
that does not agree with what they know. They look down on, reject,
oppose, and abuse what is consecrated to God.
· People who are wicked, troublemakers, and mockers (Psalm 1:1). People
who find pleasure in the television shows, video, books that make the
villain heroic. Like pigs, who cannot distinguish a piece of stone from
a
piece of diamond, so are people who have unsorted values. Such people
find pleasure in being oppressive, manipulative, evil and hate any one
who
brings information that act as a mirror that reflect the truth that
they
despise. Anything that exposes the malpractices will be made fun of and
held in contempt.
· People who repeat the same mistakes for they do not review or reflect
on
their actions. Like a dog that goes back to its vomit, these are
people
who will continue doing that which hurts, humiliate and disaffirms
others
without any consideration of the harm done to self and the others.
· People who are self seeking - These are self seeking people whose
interest is their stomach, their status and their security. Hear what
Apostle Paul says about such people; ‘. . . many live as enemies of the
cross of Christ. .9 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their
stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly
things (Phil 3:18-20). These are people whose mission is here and now.
· People who have retarded spiritual growth - Unfortunately some who
say
they know Christ, but have not allowed themselves to have their mind
renewed by the word of God and so continue to draw from their earthly,
carnal roots, and over time they despise become enemies of the cross
of
Christ.

WHAT IT IS TO GIVE WHAT IS SACRED TO DOGS

Ø To share valuable information assuming that all people mean well -
Think
of Herod who acted as a person interested in knowing where the baby had
been born so that he could worship him while he actually wanted to kill
him. "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find
him,
report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."(Matthew 2:28)
There
are people who will squash your dream as soon as you share it with
them.
They want to hear more of that proposal you are presenting, your new
relationships and pretend to be really interested in you while they are
plotting on how to undercut and disable you. Watch out! Be careful in
sharing what the Lord is doing in your life with some hardened people
who
have lost their grip on the hand of God. These are people who return
wounding words and make you go out of their presence shrunk from
within.
Many dreams have been annihilated before they got born and the dreamers
are left like the eyeless Samson, grinding in prison and entertaining
the
enemy (Judges 16:21, 25).

Ø To ignore or give up your personal vision and mission in order to
serve
what seems to be generally acceptable - To give up who you are in order
to
become what others think you should be is a great loss. To be
‘curriculum
vitae’ driven or ‘eulogy’ driven person is to open your ears to hear
what
people are saying and then let that motivate you. While life is best
lived
with end in mind, that desired end should be what is in God’s mind for
you. Do you hear Christ say ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’ as
you
celebrate your 80 th or 90th birthday? Your story should be a result of
your excellent service to God’s people that comes from your response to
his leading. In the meantime while you are struggling to be what you
think others will accept your mission is vacant as you are replacing
yourself as a human doing instead of human being.

Ø To be indiscriminately open – Do not expose either your poverty or
wealth to just anyone. In this our continent we seem to believe that
exposing our poverty and nakedness attracts help. As individuals,
nations,
churches and Para church organisations, exposure of all you are, leaves
you vulnerable and crippled. It is one sure path to slavery that we
have
kept open. King Hezekiah opened his stores for strangers to see what he
had (2 Kings 20:1ff)"They saw everything in my palace," Hezekiah said.
"There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them." The
trampling that Hezekiah had was, “ Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear
the
word of the LORD: 17 The time will surely come when everything in your
palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will
be
carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD. 18 And
some
of your descendants, your own flesh and blood, that will be born to
you,
will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the
king
of Babylon."

Ø To eat and drink with all and sundry – To fail to know that we are in
the world but not of the world. Dinah the only named daughter of Jacob
went to visit the people of the land (Genesis 34) and she suffered
irrecoverable loss. Princes of the land have no patience and do not
know
what it means to wait. You are special and you need to strategise and
calculate your move. To allow familiarity that can bring contempt, with
those who do not value your faith in way that they no longer can
identify
the difference between you and them is giving what is precious to pigs.
Our relationships should be strategic. You area soldier in the army of
the
Lord who must remain alert wherever you are and with whom ever you are.

CAUTION: Because we know that every human being is created in the
image
of God and that the blood of Christ is able to cleanse from all
unrighteousness, we therefore should not be too quick to write off
God’s
people. Every one should be given a chance. I believe that Jesus Christ
is
warning us against persistence in sharing with people who are set to
destroy who we are and what we have. We look for opportunities to
love,
expose the message of salvation and move on.
Even after we have done our best, some tramping will take place. Think
of
John the Baptist who lost his head because of exposing Herodias and
Herod
immoral relationship (Matthew 14). Uriah and Naboth lost their lives
while protecting what was precious to them.
To be able to distinguish people who are destructive and not expose
ourselves to them while remaining light and salt in our world requires
wisdom from God. Our continent needs people who know that they are
precious and have I their custody what is very valuable. Wisdom that
enables one to know what to communicate to who when and for how long is
not obvious. We have to keep listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit
as
we move on.


Lord give us wisdom to know the right word at the right time for the
right people.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was an incredibly eye-opening translation, of what Jesus may have meant when He said, something like, "Don't feed your holiness to dogs, or throw your pearls for pigs". I have often wondered what He could have meant by this.
We do have to be very careful and not so trusting of who we share our heart with these days. I think I have been in close proximity with one of these 'types', i.e., dogs & pigs recently. Also, probably many times before, but just didn't recognize them. I think I have just been burned by one of these 'types', which leaves me with a very eerie feeling. I think I recognized it this time, only because the entire roof needed to fall on me. I really feel quite naive, to think I didn't realize there were people out there where 'stomping on dreams' was their main mission in life. Anyway, I just really wanted to thank you for helping to open my eyes. Brilliant!!!
Most Sincerely,
Anonymous

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really gained a lot of understanding from this. Thanks

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Elderly women who i was very close to and who i thought I was friends with cursed me and my family for a very trivial reason. I spent nearly seven years of my life helping her and protecting her and within one night she turned around and cursed me; forgetting all that i had done for her. All because I had other family commitments. She had children at home whom she could have asked help from. However she was persistant on getting me to do the work for her. By following the verse from the bible: Helping orphans and widows, I allowed myself to be manipulated. This isn't the first time this has happened, however this time when she cursed me and my family I was very shaken. And the meaning of this verse just dawned on me. I totally agree with these reflections. Thanks

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Lucero said...

I get what you're saying, but it kinda confused me....

I believe that we must be careful on who we tell the special things, such as dreams or secrets of our hearts, those must be only said to people who can encourage you and stuff like that....

It kinda enhanced my understanding.... thanks
God bless!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Elene said...

Wow that is awesome. I am giving a lecture on "DO NOT GIVE WHAT IS SACRED; DO NOT THROW YOUR PEARLS TO PIGS" The time is here we must inform our youth of today, that sex is not love. We must teach our youth the right way to go. And we start by telling them the truth. God's word.

8:00 AM  
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3:36 AM  
Blogger margaret said...

Wow!!! A powerful, meaningful and very beautiful translation. Thank you xx

2:26 PM  
Blogger Sreedhar Jeshurun said...

Dear Bro.Greetings in the Name of God.
Thanks for sharing eye-opening truths from the word of God.How blessed we are when we walk in the footsteps of God and enter in His rest. one small suggestion can you make the fonts little bigger so that it will be readability for everyone.

8:30 PM  

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