Re: Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs.
Good question. Here's what I think.... First, here's the passage in context.
Originally Posted by Race Runner
7 " Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 "For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 " Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
6 " 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.
Jesus is talking about judging others. And he tell us that we will be judged in the same way we judge others! (In that case, let me be merciful because I need lots of mercy!)
Once, I asked the Lord how I could see the speck if I had a log in my eye. It didn't make sense to me. The Lord gave me an answer I did not expect! He said "The log prevents you from seeing the eye". Wow! Now, remember when you were a child and you got something in your eye? Was your mom more worried about the speck, or your eye? Your eye! Of course! The greatest command is to love. When we love someone, we are much more concerned about the person (the eye) than we are the sin (the speck). Once we love them, then we can see clearly to get the speck out because at that time, we love the eye and we see the person and know the person is what's important. We can then help get the speck out because we love them.
As an example, remember the woman caught in adultery? The pharisees wanted her dead. They saw the speck. Jesus, saw the woman and he was concerned about her! Our focus should be more on the person for only then can we help them with their sin.
Let us be careful that our judgment is such that we show mercy and not condemnation!
Now, 1 Cor 5 speaks about turning someone over to Satan for judgement. Remember that in that passage, he was sleeping with his father's wife! Sick! He was turned over to the "swine and dogs" so that he could be taught to live right.
In Matthew 18, the man who refused to forgive his friend was thrown into prison and turned over to the tormentors because he refused to forgive as he had been forgiven.
So, when we judge others, we are basically turning them over to the tormenters, to Satan, to the swine and dogs. Do not throw what is holy to the swine. Do not give the pearls of great price to the swine. For if you judge wrongly, they will turn and tear you to pieces!
Grace to you,
13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."