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Summary: This sermon deals with how much God loves us.

God Is A Bird Watcher, Too

Matthew 10:29-31

29Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will.

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

31Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

In the 10th Chapter of Matthew

Jesus is preparing to send the disciples out

to “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.”

However, He warns them they won’t always be welcomed.

He refers to them as ‘sheep in the midst of wolves’.

He says they may be handed over to councils,

flogged in synagogues, and dragged before governors and kings.

I think this scared the daylights out of His disciples.

Why?

Well, Jesus begins to show them they won’t be alone.

He tries to calm their fears

by talking about the sparrows and the hairs on their heads.

While they are out there in the world, sent out in pairs,

Jesus will not abandon them.

God will keep close tabs on them every moment of every day.

That doesn’t mean they won’t have trouble.

In fact, they will

but trouble doesn’t mean that they have been forsaken.

What Jesus told His disciples can also apply to us.

In verse 31, Jesus says, “do not fear”.

Why should we not be afraid?

Do not be afraid because God takes special care of us.

He sees the sparrow when it falls.

He numbers the hairs on our heads.

We are worth more than many sparrows to the Lord.

So why be afraid of anything?

Verses 29-31 give us 3 reasons why we should not be afraid.

Reason # 1: God Cares About Things We Don’t Even Notice.

29Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will.

There’s a good reason why Jesus mentions “sparrows” here.

When it was time for the Hebrew people to offer sacrifices,

lambs, goats, and bulls were usually offered.

However, poor people couldn’t afford to buy those animals.

So they would buy sparrows because they were so cheap.

They could buy 2 sparrows for just 1 copper coin.

So to the Hebrew people, sparrows weren’t worth much.

I suppose the same could be said today.

We buy bird feed and put it out to attract birds.

We like the cardinals, blue jays, blue birds, finches,

hummingbirds and other colorful birds.

We put up birdhouses for the wrens and purple martins to nest in.

Yet, sparrows are often considered pesky birds.

There usually are more sparrows around than other birds.

Like the Jews, we don’t think sparrows are worth much.

Jesus says God notices the sparrows when they fall.

That means God cares about things we don’t even notice.

Note two implications of this truth:

#1) The sparrows do fall.

Even the little sparrows fall to the ground eventually.

Sooner or later troubles do come to all of God’s creation.

What happens to the unsaved people happens to us, too.

They get sick; we get sick.

They lose their jobs; we lose our jobs.

They get ripped off; we get ripped off.

They get cancer; we get cancer.

They die; we die.

We are not exempt from the trials and troubles of this world.

#2) The sparrows fall according to the Father’s will.

All things take place according to the plan of Almighty God.

Everything in the universe must fit into God’s ultimate plan.

Genesis tells us the beginning of God’s plan.

Revelation tells us the completion of God’s plan.

Death is a curse that’s part of God’s will.

That applies to our pain, our suffering, and our loss.

It applies to the heartache of watching our loved ones suffer.

I watched my dear wife Pat suffer with cancer for 7 years.

We prayed for her to be healed of cancer.

I believe God answered those prayers.

God gave her 7 more years.

I’ve known people to be diagnosed with cancer

and then die within weeks.

Friends, everybody eventually dies.

Even the people Jesus healed that we read about in the Bible

they eventually died.

Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead eventually died again.

It is not God’s will for us to live forever in the flesh.

So why should we not fear?

Reason # 2: God Cares About the Smallest Details of Life.

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

Have you ever tried to count the number of hairs on your head?

That’s probably impossible to do,

unless you shaved yourself bald

and then counted the hairs.

Scientists say the average human head has 100,000 strands of hair.

Interestingly, the amount of hair varies by color.

Blondes have an average of 140,000 strands of hair.

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