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Greatest Sermon Ever 20: On Judgement -The Pig and The Pearl
Richard Root
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Greatest Sermon Ever 20: On Judgement -The Pig and The Pearl Jun 28, 2020
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Richard Root Matthew 7:6 Sunday Online
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Sermon -Sunday Online -2020/06/28 11am -Richard Root
-"Greatest Sermon Ever 20: On Judgement -The Pig and The Pearl" -Matthew 7:6

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The Sermon on the Mount – 20. The Pig and the Pearl
Matthew 7:6

• Today’s message based on one of the more intriguing, more cryptic sayings of Jesus:
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6)
• Often the passage is taught this way:
1. Some people are swine. They cannot appreciate what is sacred and holy.
2. You, on the other hand, have pearls: pearls of wisdom, pearls of truth, pearls of good advice, pearls that could straighten people out
3. But the “swine” will not receive your wisdom. So, you should not waste your time on such people. They are not worthy.
• The problem with that interpretation is that Jesus said it was precisely for the messed-up, sinful “swine-like” people that he came. He said,
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)
• Jesus did not teach that we shouldn’t do good things for people who might reject or misuse them. He, in fact, taught precisely the opposite.
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good.” (Matt. 5:45)
• So let’s be very clear!! Jesus is not saying here that certain classes of people are to be viewed as pigs or dogs that are unworthy of our great pearls. Nobody ever taught or modeled the worth and dignity of every human being and the universal command to love all people with the depth, clarity, and urgency of Jesus Christ.

The Problem with Pearl Pushers
• The problem with giving a pearl to a pig is not that the pig isn’t worthy. The problem is a pearl is just not a very helpful thing to give to a pig.
• Sometimes the pearl you have that is so wonderful, that you want so badly to give, will not be wanted and will not be received…
In that case, you shouldn’t try to force it on somebody.
• Jesus is forbidding the practice of what we might call “pearl pushing.” Definition: Pearl Pushing is when you’re trying to push your pearls (your wisdom, your will, your way, your superior knowledge) onto another person, even when they don’t want it, even when it’s not being helpful.
• Pearl pushers just drift into the habit of criticizing more naturally than encouraging. That’s what a pearl pusher does. The apostle Paul says:
“Let us therefore stop turning critical eyes on one another.” (Romans 14:13)
• Part of love is not just knowing what to say; it’s knowing when to say it and (maybe more importantly) knowing when to not say it. This is from the book of Proverbs.
“If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.” (Proverbs 27:14)
• Jesus’ point is don’t force your wisdom on a non-receptive person. You cannot control other people. You cannot ensure that another human being turns out right. You have to let go. Make space for God. Only God can work at the deepest level of our lives.

• It’s not our job to go around day after day correcting people, fixing people, giving lectures to folks who are not asking for it, explaining everything that is wrong with the world, and what the problem is with this group or with that group.
• It’s time for followers of Jesus to come alongside of people and offer hope, healing, some humility, servanthood, generosity, and love.
• This week, no pearl pushing. No judging. No condemning. No superiority. No comparing. No blaming.
• As you go from one relationship to another, ask God this question:
“God, would you help me to see what you see when you look at this people? Would you help me to think what you think and feel what you feel and say what you say?”

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