The God of the Fifth Sparrow

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“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” (Luke 12:6)

 

Animal sacrifices were a daily part of Hebrew life. The sights, sounds, and smells of thousands upon thousands of innocent animals being slaughtered for the sins of mankind had to be imprinted on the minds of the people who lived under the Old Testament sacrificial system. Bulls and goats were the sacrifices of choice for those who could afford to offer such. But sacrifices were made available for the poorest of the poor. Matthew records that two sparrows were sold for one penny (Matt.10:29). Luke tells us that five sparrows were sold for two pennies (Luke 12:6). The sparrow was considered so insignificant that one sparrow was thrown in for nothing. Yet, not one falls to the ground without the Father knowing of it. What was the point of Jesus telling us about a sparrow? He wanted us to realize how valuable we are to the Father! We are the crowning jewel of God’s creation. We are the only aspect of His creative work made in His image (Gen.1:26-27). He loves us with an unfailing, never-ending love. He is aware of everything that is going on in our lives. You may think yourself unimportant, overlooked, worthless, but in the eyes of the Father you are of inestimable value!

 

“Loving Father, thank you for loving us and caring for our every need. Thank you for giving our lives meaning, purpose, and value. Help us to realize that every soul is worth more than the whole world to you, and should be to us as well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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