“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.” Prov.26:11 NLT
A dog returning to his vomit is a despicable trait of dogs that impresses on our minds the disgusting nature of sin and the insanity of our return to it!
What profit for our souls if we could learn to hate our sinful lusts!
The dog is not God’s best friend. Scripture mentions dogs forty times without one positive note. They are evil creatures representing sodomites, wicked men, devils, lust, greed, noise and viciousness. Dogs are compared to pigs. But sinners still exceed them with the greedy and voracious appetite that they have for sin.
It is a shame we do not have the same sickening and hideous feelings for sin that we do for this picture of a dog vomiting his filth and returning to eat it.
Though man was made in the likeness of God, our holy God compares our sinful state to one of His most despicable creatures.
Peter declared this to be a true proverb in II Peter 2:20-22. He used it to convict those who forsake their conversion and return to the vomit of this world, as Lot, Solomon, Achan, Ananias and others.
To escape the sins of this world and then return to be entangled and overcome in them again puts a man in a worse condition than before his conversion.
“If they've escaped from the slum of sin by experiencing our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ, and then slid back into that same old life again, they're worse than if they had never left. Better not to have started out on the straight road to God than to start out and then turn back, repudiating the experience and the holy command. They prove the point of the proverbs, "A dog goes back to its own vomit" and "A scrubbed-up pig heads for the mud." II Peter 2: 20-22 Message Bible