Dealing With Mockers and Scoffers

dust feet“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Matthew 7:6)

Does Jesus want us to share the truths of the Gospel with those who are totally antagonistic towards it?

Jesus said not to give that which is holy unto dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine.  Jesus is talking about people. These people have no appreciation for what is holy and righteous.  It is an insult to them.

Jesus was always confronted by the religious leaders who were easily offended by what he said.  Jesus says, “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind.  And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into the ditch” (Matt. 15:14).  In other words, don’t waste your time with those who are obviously hardened and scornful.

Jesus also said, “And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them” (Mark 6:11).

The sad reality is that many will perish “because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thess. 2:10).  We are even told that there will be believers in the latter times who “shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (1 Tim. 4:1).

When people tell us to leave them alone we should respect their wishes and move on to other souls who are perishing.  To stay only causes more anger in those who are already antagonistic towards God’s precious truth and we only degrade the gospel when we lay it at the feet of swine and dogs.  They will not only abuse and reject what you cast before them, but they in turn will abuse and reject you.  It is better to get out of their way when they have no reverence for God or His word and despise it, as well as the messenger.

Matthew 7:6 is a warning for us to be discriminating in our teaching and preaching less we fall victim to the swine and dogs.  God’s word tells us that, “fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7) and a “scoffer does not love one who reproves him” (Prov. 15:12). Therefore, “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words” (Prov. 23:9). Like Jesus, Solomon recommended a discriminating attitude toward those one tries to teach: “He who reproves a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blemish. Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” (Proverbs 9:7-9).

What should we do if someone or a group shows animosity towards the truth?  It is best to leave them alone rather than arguing with them over the precious truth of the gospel, shake the dust from our feet and look for others who are willing to learn.  Leave them to the Lord, trusting the Holy Spirit will penetrate their hearts like those who first rejected the preaching of Jesus and the apostles.

God has given us the means whether out there in the streets, at home, at the office, and social media to introduce the lost to Jesus and encourage the brethren. But let’s do what Jesus said to do – leave the mockers and scoffers alone, and do not persist to give that which is holy unto dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine lest they trample them under your feet, and turn again and rend you.

“And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them” (Mark 6:11).

More later…

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