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Do Not Throw Your Pearls Before Swine

January 24, 2018

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Do Not Throw Your Pearls Before Swine

Some people think God’s love  is too tough.     They don’t really like the idea  of God saying  if you want to be saved,  you must repent  of your sins  and trust  in the merits  of Jesus Christ  as the one and only Savior.

These people usually refuse  to accept any references  to the reality  of hell.    They claim  that if God really is love,  He wouldn’t send anyone  to hell,  just for not believing  in Jesus.     God’s word on that  basically says  that if that’s the way they want  to feel,  that’s their business.     Their stubborn opinion  will not change the reality  of hell  nor God’s free gift  of grace  in Christ.

In Luke 9:5,  Jesus put it this way  when He sent the disciples out  to preach  throughout all Israel.      Jesus instructed,

And as for those  who do not receive you,  when you depart  from that city,  shake off the dust  from your feet  as a testimony  against them.

Jesus did not command His disciples  to stay  in a city  that rejected them  and continue trying  to convert those people.     Instead,  if nobody wanted  to listen,  they were to leave  and in the presence  of those people,  shake the dust  of that city  off their feet.    In other words,  that city was given a warning,  that belligerently not respecting God’s word  would surely bring judgment  upon them.

Hebrews 3:7Hebrews 3:15,  and Hebrews 4:7  really press the issue  when they quote Psalm 95:7,  in which they all say,

Today  if you hear His voice,   
Do not harden  your hearts…

The whole point is  that God has proven  His eternal love  by sending Jesus  to be the promised Savior,  who fulfilled all kinds of prophecies  concerning the details  of His life  and free salvation.    Who are we  to despise and contradict  what has been proven  through thousands  of years  of prophecies  to be the truth?

That is why  there is such a strong warning  about refusing  to listen,  repent,  and believe  in a wondrous love  that has so much proof.

Our Lord Jesus Christ realized exactly  how some people become violently hateful  whenever they hear someone speaking  God’s words  of love  and salvation.     Their hatred causes them  to become so outraged  that they spew out  all sorts  of vile lies,  distortions,  and blasphemies.     Their hatred  is so uncalled for  that it is a blasphemy  that will bring further judgment on them  in hell.

Therefore,  it is in mercy  that Jesus says  in Matthew 7:6,

Do not give  what is holy  to dogs,  and do not throw your pearls  before swine,   lest they trample them  under their feet,  and turn  and tear you  to pieces.

The gospel of God’s eternal love  and salvation  is costly and holy.     If we insist  on pushing the gospel  upon people  who hate God’s word,  we will only be causing them  to hate God more  and become more violent  against our Lord.

They will trample God’s salvation  under their feet  by despising it,  denying it,  and saying vile things about it  to everyone around them.

If we still continue  to try and convert these people,  they will end up turning against us  in a hatred  with all sorts  of evil words  against God  and us.     That sort  of hateful reaction  will create a greater condemnation against them,  and we do not want  to do that.    Our prayer  and hope needs  to be that some day,  some how,  they will have a realization  of the truths  about God’s love  and come to a repentance  that will change their lives.

It is because God’s word is holy  that we should not be causing people  to become violently hateful  about it  —  bringing a greater condemnation  upon themselves.    Everybody is better off  if we just leave them alone  until they are ready to listen.

Our salvation  in Christ  is much more precious  than the most expensive pearls  in this world.     That is why Jesus wants us  to treat it  with a loving respect  that does not give unbelievers  an opportunity  to blaspheme it  and spread vile lies  about it.     Instead,  we need to leave these unbelievers  with the warnings  that God has given  in His word.

We are not to defile God’s love  or ourselves  with the undue hatred  of persistent unbelievers.     Instead,  we are to have the love  and respect  of the psalmist  in Psalm 119:160-163  when he said,

The sum  of Thy word  is truth,   
And every one  of Thy righteous ordinances  is everlasting.
Princes persecute me  without cause,
But my heart stands  in awe  of Thy words.
I rejoice  at Thy word,
As one who finds  great spoil.
I hate  and despise falsehood,
But I love Thy law.

As we treasure God’s word  in our hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for showing us  Your truths  so that we might be saved  and live in eternal blessedness  with You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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