πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ Who Are The Dogs And Swine?

β€œWho are the dogs and swine in Matthew 7:6?”

β€œGive not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast yeΒ your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under theirΒ feet, and turn again and rend you.”

A β€œpearl” is a living stone, a precious stone created byΒ a living creature. Since Peter says that to come to theΒ Lord under the kingdomΒ program was to come to Him β€œasΒ unto a living stone” (1 Pet. 2:4), the β€œpearl of great price” was Christ (Matt. 13:46), the most β€œprecious” stone of allΒ (1 Pet. 2:6,7). Hebrews who found Christ under the kingdomΒ program β€œsold all” to obtain Him (Matt. 13:46 cf. LukeΒ 18:22; Acts 2:45). When they associated themselves withΒ the Lord in this way, they themselves became β€œlively stones” (1 Pet. 2:5), and these are the pearls the Lord was saying shouldΒ not be cast to the swine. So who are the swine?

Swine were associated with demons (Mark 5:11-13), and the only time swine and dogs are mentioned together (2 Pet. 2:22), they are associated with β€œfalse prophets” (2 Pet. 2:1) who, like Balaam, knew the way of God but had β€œforsaken the right way” (2 Pet. 2:15,16), men who had β€œknown the way of righteousness” (2 Pet. 2:21) but chose to β€œturn from the holy commandment delivered unto them” (2 Pet.Β 2:21), showing they were Hebrews who were never saved (1 John 2:19). In the Tribulation that the Lord was preparing His Hebrew hearers to go through, there will be a strong temptation to cast the lively stone pearls of believers into the clutches of these demonically-controlled false prophets. This temptation will be so strong that even family members might sell one another out (Micah 7:5,6) thinking they are serving God (John 16:2). If family members yield to this temptation, however, the Lord warns that the swine of these demonically-controlled false prophets will β€œturn again and rend” them. source

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