Jesus told a parable (story) about being careful what truth we share with others by using the example of feeding a pig. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 7:6)
One day Jesus was teaching His followers and He brought up the subject of how we handle holy truth when we are around unholy people.
Ask the children…
Why did Jesus use this particular illustration of pigs?
““Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.[e] Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.’” (Matthew 7:6)
In the Old Testament law pigs were declared unclean and therefore not edible for the Israelites. Pigs represented everything that was unholy and disobedient to God.
Pearls represented the most precious truths that God had given to the people. So what would pigs do with pearls if they were thrown into their pig trough? They would trample them underfoot and then attack those who they expected to feed them pig slop.
So Jesus warns His followers to be careful who they share these precious truths with. I have someone in my life who has rejected God’s truth and has told me not to talk to him or send me any more emails about it. I have chosen not to throw any more pearls to him at this time. That does not mean that I am not praying for this person that they will recognize God’s holy truth and get out of the pig trough.
Ask your children if they know anyone who is acting like an unholy pig and unwilling to hear God’s truth? You may mention some examples. Pray for those people that they may be convicted and willing to hear God’s holy truth and turn to God.
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