Monday, November 16th, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 15)
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 (NASB)
Jesus was discriminating in what He told to whom. He often requested privacy after miracles. 'See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest' (Matthew 8:4). Could this be a reason God's Son spoke first in Parables?
'When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand It, the evil one comes and snatches away What has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom Seed was sown beside the road' (Matthew 13:19). The devil encourages Christians toward TMI.
Consider a wise man's thoughts on casting 'Pearls before swine:'
'Religion is brought into contempt, and its professors insulted, when it is forced upon those who cannot value it and will not have it. But while the indiscriminately zealous have need of this caution, let us be on our guard against too readily setting our neighbors down as dogs and swine, and excusing ourselves from endeavoring to do them good...' (Jamieson-Fausset Bible Commentary).**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I think you already understand. Talking salvation to outsiders is like some Americans abroad. They demand in a foreign nation: 'Doesn't anyone here speak English?'
In the job of witnessing our Lord, perhaps hard hearts needs some nourishment: a sampling of spiritual fruit. Act first in love, joy, peace and patience; add kindness, goodness and faithfulness. Show them gentleness and self-control. Good food is understood everywhere.
Instead of rejecting your words as TMI, they'll be accepting your gifts and asking for more.
To Be Continued...
* Too Much Information
** Bible commentaries on Matthew 7:6: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/7-6.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.