With all the beautiful and colorful birds in this world, why did you choose a sparrow? They are such plain and ordinary birds. They’re so humdrum and they’re everywhere!
Exactly. When Jesus speaks of sparrows in the Bible books of Matthew and Luke that was exactly His point. He chose the most commonplace birds. In Bible days they were pretty darn cheap! Dirt cheap. They’re so small, I don’t know why anyone would really want to buy them, but apparently, they did.
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young- Psalm 84:3
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.” Matthew 10-29
“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” Luke 12:6
In these verses Jesus tells us that though sparrows are of little worth, God provides homes for their eggs and watches over them.
“Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:31
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
Jesus also tells us that we are more valuable than sparrows in God’s sight, so valued in fact that God has numbered the very hairs on our heads! This makes us pretty special. Precious. Priceless. God sent His most priceless gift, His Son, to earth to not only show us the way but to make sure we had a way of salvation. And to heal our broken hearts and set us free. Jesus mission while living on earth, was to set us eternally free and to show us there is more to life than what we see.
For God so loved the world that He sent his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him will not parish but have everlasting life. John 3:16. Now, that’s love.
The Spirit of The Lord is upon Me, Because He has annointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed,’ Luke 4:18
The people of Jesus’ day did not understand that the freedom of captivity, oppression and recovery of sight He spoke of was of a spiritual nature, though Jesus did physically heal countless of people. They thought He spoke of freedom from the captivity and oppression of the Romans. Through His death and resurrection, we receive that freedom and a clean heart before God. Through His miraculous work in our lives we can be released from captivity, oppression and gain new sight spiritually and emotionally.
While we may see ourselves as dull, boring, even less worthy than those little plentiful grey or brown birds, God sees us as priceless enough to treasure us. To die for us. He wants our hearts. He wants to have a personal relationship with us. He longs to scoop us into His loving arms!
By ~ Elizabeth Yalian ©2013