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Sparrows


SPARROWS

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge” (Mt 10:29). Sparrows are tiny birds found in vast numbers in the Holy Land. They had little market value because their meat was distasteful. So, they were food for the poor people. During Biblical times, one could buy two of them for a small copper coin. According to Luke’s gospel, five sparrows were worth only two such coins (Lk 12:6). Jesus quoted their cheap value to clarify that people rate them as worthless birds.

Though people underestimate sparrows, even they are valuable to God, who protects, nurtures and monitors their lives. No sparrow falls on the ground without God’s knowledge. His providential care extends even to the minutest creature in the universe. If they are precious to God, then how much care would God give to us humans made in His image and likeness?

Jesus expressed a similar sentiment during his Sermon on the Mount. “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’” (Mt 6:30-31) Besides providing their necessities, God will protect his faithful from their enemies. Without His permission, as with Job, no one can, without God’s permission hurt His people.


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