“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.” — Matthew 10:29 NIV
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.” — Luke 12:6 NIV
Even though the two texts above have variations, both of them are true. Jesus was accurately describing the customs of His day. Sparrows were one of the cheapest articles of food for sale on the market. The little birds were spitted or strung, and offered for sale at half a cent apiece (or two for one cent). They were so cheap that the merchants were even willing to make a special deal when selling four sparrows. Purchase four sparrows, and they would throw in a fifth sparrow for free!
Jesus said not one of the sparrows sold was forgotten by God. That even includes the fifth sparrow that was given away for nothing! The God who even cares for the “fifth sparrow” is still the Father of our world today. He expects us to have great reverence for life in general, but even more so, He expects us to show His love towards our fellowmen.
Shortly after Abraham Lincoln settled in Springfield, his father got dangerously ill. Lincoln wrote to his brother saying, “I sincerely hope father may recover his health, but, at all events, tell him to remember to call upon and confide in our great and good and merciful Maker, who will not turn away from him in his extremity. He notes the fall of a sparrow and numbers the hairs of our heads, and he will not forget the dying man who puts trust in him.”
Like Lincoln, are you willing to put your trust in the Heavenly Father? There is a song that describes God’s immense love and care for you. Wintley Phipps sings the song “His Eye is on the Sparrow
.” If God pays such close attention to His little birds, then you better believe He takes exceptional notice of you too.
Updated: May 20, 2012