Worth more than many sparrows

Luke 12--6-7

The Verse of the Day for August 9, 2016 is found in Luke 12:6-7 where Jesus Christ makes this statement:

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

A similar passage is found in Matthew 10:29-31 which speaks of a lesser bargain in the sale of sparrows:

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

In one of the indexes to the Companion Bible, E.W. Bullinger notes that these passages refer to the Greek word assarion, “ a bronze coin, value ¾ of a farthing, or 3/8 of a cent.”

A farthing is said to be ¼ of a penny or cent in British currency. Whether you purchase five sparrows for two farthings or two sparrows for one farthing, clearly sparrows are not of much value monetarily, yet God is aware when one of them dies. If God has that much concern for seemingly worthless sparrows, how much more concern does He have for us, as believers, as His beloved, who are the “apple of His eye.”

More than 13 years ago, I had a sparrow experience that drove home the message of the passage from Matthew, and I made the following entry in my journal:

February 6, 2003

I pull into the parking lot at Otterbein College, and as I get out of my car, I notice a sparrow that has been recently run over by a vehicle. Immediately Matthew 10: 29 came to mind: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Are ye not of more value than many sparrows?” On the way into the building I sing “His Eye is On the Sparrow”, and I am moved to tears, that overflow and flood my soul once I enter my office. I thank God for seeing with new eyes.

In the midst of maddening times where human life is seems to have so little value in the eyes of so many people, how comforting and reassuring to know that in God’s eyes we are of more value than many sparrows.

In reflecting upon the Verse of the Day, another contemporary gospel song expressing how valuable each believer is to God came to mind:

“Worth” by Anthony Brown and Group Therapy

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