The Care of God
What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
Part of Jesus' mission was not only to bring salvation to our souls through His sacrificial love, but to bring freedom to our minds and hearts. He wanted to free us from those destructive caricatures of God that we find rolling about in our heads. In challenging these false perceptions, His goal was to liberate our hearts from the fear that these images often create in us, in order that we could enter into a true and intimate relationship with God that would be founded on trust.
Prior to these verses here, Jesus instructs the crowds not to fear man. Jesus said something roughly like this, "Fear man? All they can do is kill you. So what right? Big whoop! Instead fear God, the one who has the power to not only destroy your body but has authority over your soul." Now I often hear Christians use this section of Scripture to literally put "the fear of God" into people. In fact, many Christians believe we are to "fear God!" It is important to read the Bible in context because when we do we find more than often a lot of what we have been told or taught is simply not correct.
Immediately after Jesus' exhortation on the fear of man comes these passages we have above. Jesus is clarifying for the listeners that God is infinitely caring, thus we should not be fearful of Him. Sparrows were sold for two measly little coins, His point was that they were worthless to men. Yet God does not forget them. This means He knows them, thinks about them, and thus He is invested in them. What is a sparrow to us? Just a bird. But to God it is precious, worth His attention, and worth His time. Jesus then informs the listeners that every last hair on their heads is fully known by God. Jesus is not giving a lesson on divine omniscience, rather His point is crystal clear–God cares about you and values you intensely. He then gets to the point, "so don't be afraid." Jesus wanted to make sure He was understood. He was not saying God desires to destroy you and cast your soul into oblivion. His point was that men are not to be feared for they have no real power or authority. Any damage they may do is temporal and thus not worth fretting over. God is the true power, thus we should busy ourselves with honoring Him and not man.
Jesus reminds the listeners of what I call the "fatherly care of God," which is that God is intimately involved with us, knowing us fully, and fixing His attention on us. We are not servants working diligently in an attempt to escape the whip, we are His precious children. God does not have to busy Himself with us, yet in love He chooses to. Think about that my dear friends! God chooses to fix His attention on you, to number your hairs, to keep you on His mind and in His heart. He chooses to act on your behalf and intervene supernaturally for you. We are so deeply and ferociously loved that there is no reason to fear! We need not fear man, nor wrath, nor death, nor anything under heaven!
My friends dwell on this often, meditate on God's careful and tedious care for you, and thank Him for His endless kindness and affection!