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Pigs trampling

Pigs are supposedly very smart animals. That is probably correct as far as barnyard animals go.

But, if you were to throw several thousands of dollars’ worth of pearls in a pig sty, not a single one of those animals would gather up the pearls for sale to the highest bidder. This is because a pig does not have any sense of things that are valuable.

A good friend of mine brought my attention to a verse in Solomon’s book recently. It says, “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words” (Proverbs 23:9 NASB). Notice the similarity in what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “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” (Matthew 7:6).

There are some people who really are not interested in hearing and believing the truth. They are mostly interested in either starting a fight or making someone look foolish. They have no intention of obeying God’s word because they think the Bible is for children and fools.

These folks may be well educated with advanced degrees, but even pigs are “smart.” They have the same problem as the pigs: they just don’t have any appreciation for the things that are truly valuable.

Here’s a contrast: When Peter taught the Jews in Jerusalem the gospel on the day of Pentecost, at least 3,000 obeyed the gospel. But, when the apostle  Paul went to the Jews in Antioch of Pisidia in Acts 13, he taught them almost the identical gospel lesson Peter taught on the day of Pentecost using many of the same passages of scripture, and they rejected it.

The Jews became envious of Paul’s success, just as the Jews in Judea had become envious of Jesus and had him crucified (Matthew 27:18). Understanding how hard-hearted the Jews were, Paul said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46).

Unhappily, there are those who are willing to take the precious gospel of Jesus and trample it into the mud. Some do the same thing today. They very smugly heap disrespect and derision on those who do believe, and scoff at the gospel’s importance. For them, we are under no responsibility. Instead, let us find those who will see how valuable the gospel is and understand its relation to eternal life and help them. They will hear it and obey it.

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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