Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
“Do not give what is holy to the dogs;
Both dogs and swine were unclean animals according to Mosaic Law. Dogs were not pets in those days but roving scavengers. The “holy” here is the truth of God. We do not present truth to people who radically reject its truth.
nor cast your pearls before swine,
Swine were wild and vicious in Palestine. Since they were unclean, they were not for food.
lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
The picture here is of a wild dogs and boars tearing their prey into pieces. That is a symbolic picture of those with very high negative volition toward the gospel. These people mock the gospel as indicated by trampling it under foot and even going further in tearing apart the gospel message itself.
PRINCIPLE: There is no need to present the gospel to those with negative volition toward God.
APPLICATION: It is wrong to try to force the gospel on people. There is no need to share the gospel with people who reject it outright. We have responsibility to carry the gospel to everyone, but once we make the presentation, the responsibility lies on the individual to choose negative or positive volition. If a person chooses negative volition, then there is no necessity for any further presentation of the gospel. Once a person clearly rejects the gospel, there is no further reason to present the gospel to them.
Jesus did not talk to Herod (Lu 23:9) and Paul drew limits when speaking to people who rejected the Word (Ac 13:46).
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Mt 10:16
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words. Pr 23:9