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POSTED: April 24, 2012 7:55 p.m.

God cares for man. He created man to love and worship him and he provided all man needed to have life (Genesis 1, 2).

When Jesus talked of the importance of man in the sight of his father, he used something small to teach the lesson. He used the sparrow. "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows" (Matthew 10:28-31). We have used this subject before, but from time to time we all need to be reminded of just how much care and love God has for all mankind.

It is hard for us to imagine a sparrow being used to teach anything, but in the time that Jesus said these words, sparrows — the term sparrow was used generically of many small birds — were used in commerce. These small birds were eaten as a small morsel of food. Several of them would be plucked, placed on a skewer, roasted over a fire and eaten like kabobs. Notice the passage from Matthew again: Two sparrows were sold for a penny. Luke records that five sparrows were sold for two pennies (Luke 12:6). This meant that the buyer received the fifth sparrow for free, because one sparrow had no value. Imagine that something was so insignificant it was free.

When bad things happen, sometimes people act as if they believe God does not care anything about them. Let a natural disaster strike, and someone wants to blame God for what is an act of nature. Again, the thought is that God just does not care. How wrong that attitude is.

If God cares that much for one of his creatures, how much more does he care for man? In the eyes of some it takes power, money or prestige to be important. However, we need to remember: God cares for every person on the face of the Earth. It does not matter how much money a person has, what the color of a person’s skin or what occupation a person holds.

God has made it possible for all men to be saved. He sent his son to give himself as the ransom for man’s sins. God knew the agony and pain that would come to Jesus, but he knew a perfect sacrifice had to be given, so he allowed it to happen. "Therefore, doth my father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my father" (John 10:17-18). He has given us his word so that we can know what is expected of us. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Some fail to read and study for themselves and only listen to what others tell them. Jesus himself implored those of his day to, "search the Scriptures … and they are they which testify of me (John 5:39). Knowing that the Bible comes from God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) should make us curious enough to read it for ourselves. God wants us to believe on Jesus as his son (John 8:24), to repent of our sins (Luke 13:3), be willing to confess the name of Jesus before men (Matthew 10:32-33) and be baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38).

 

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