Recognize Dangerous “Dogs”!
We typically view dogs as friendly family pets and refer to them as “man’s best friend.” However, in Bible times, dogs freely roamed the countryside. In this wild and hungry state, they presented a constant threat of danger to those who encountered their fury.
Wild dogs are highly symbolic in Scripture, representing that which is low and contemptible. When a wicked man cursed King David, David’s General reacted, “. . . Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king?” (II Samuel 16:9). Paul warned in Philippians 3:2, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers . . . .”
We are not to judge the motives of people, but we are to discern the dangerous nature of “dogs” and “swine.”