April 28, 2013

Sparrows, Boring Sparrows

In Jesus' time sparrows were sold as an inexpensive finger food for the poor. Sparrows were the Burger King value menu for the ancient world. There is nothing very special about sparrows. They aren't colorful like a cardinal. They aren't unique like a woodpecker. They aren't majestic like an owl. They aren't mighty hunters like a hawk. Sparrows are just plain, generic birds. Yet, Jesus said,
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So don't be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows." -Matthew 10:29-31
Let's face it. Sparrows are boring. I have nothing against sparrows; it is just that they are plain and common. That was Jesus' point. That is why I am glad that Jesus did not say that God's eye is on the bald eagle. We would expect that! But if God cares even for the generic sparrow, then we can know for certain that His eye is on His children.

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