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3/15/2015 3:24:20 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
The players, dogs and swine. Dogs were not uncommon in Jesus" day. However, for the most part, the dog was considered a scavenger and ran in packs. They were notorious for consuming all manner of reject (cp. Ex. 22: 31). The objectionable habit of dogs is used by Peter to teach the reprehensible condition of the apostate child of God, "The dog is turned to his own vomit again" (2 Pet. 2: 22). The term "dog" is figuratively used to stand for false teachers and those who shall be outside of heaven (Phili. 3: 2, Rev. 22: 15).
The swine is also unfavorably mentioned in the scriptures, being unclean to the Jew (Lev. 11: 7). Swine were associated with filth and were also used by Peter regarding the fallen away ones (Prov. 11: 22, 2 Pet. 2: 22). It was appropriate that the prodigal son ended up "feeding the swine" (Luke 15: 15, 16).
The case of dogs and swine. The dog and swine have no capacity for holy and precious matters. Hence, they make proper symbols for people who lack the ability to discern the excellent (cp. Rom. 1: 31). Dogs and hogs also have no aptitude or inclination toward real value (Acts 22: 22). Furthermore, the holy and precious stones have no practicality to dogs and swine. After all, what can a dog or hog do with that which is holy and precious?
The holy and pearls. Under the Jewish Economy that was prevailing at the time of Jesus" words, meat offered in sacrifice was holy (Ex. 29: 37). Such meat after offered has a specified use, for the consumption of the officiating priest. Hence, the thought of such meat being given to undiscerning scavengers was unthinkable. Valuable pearls have always been esteemed by man and such intrinsic worth is seen in the scriptures (Matt. 13: 45, 46). "Holy" and "pearls" stand for spiritual speciality, exclusiveness, and worth. The gospel is God"s power to save, we are told in unequivocal terms (Rom. 1: 16). The seventy were given the following instructions in the limited commission:
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3/15/2015 6:22:23 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I see Ann wants to talk with all the other apostates but does not want to talk about the dog. swine and the PIsee.