Eurasian Tree Sparrow
We have mentioned the sparrow many times in the blog and about how God takes care of them, as in the following articles:
Birds of the Bible - God's Care for Birds - Sparrow II - Sparrow I and Eye of the Beholder - House Sparrows
This time, I would like point out the part about being of "more value." In Matthew 10:29-33, the two sparrows are mentioned as being sold for a farthing, a very small amount. According to A. Barnes’ Notes, “The argument is, that if He takes care of birds of the least value, if He regards so small a thing as the hair of the head, and numbers it, He will certainly protect and provide for you. You need not, therefore, fear what man can do to you.”
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. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.(Matthew 10:29-33 KJV)
Northern Raven (Corvus corax)
Also: "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows." (Luke 12:7 NASB); "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?" (Luke 12:24 NKJV) and He said to them, "What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? "How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." (Matthew 12:11-12 NASB)
We see then that "man" has more value than sparrows, ravens, birds, and sheep just from these few verses. Yet, each of them are greatly valued by their creator. Where else are things of value mentioned in Scripture?
David had the opportunity to kill King Saul, but he valued the life of the king more.
May the LORD repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the LORD's anointed. And indeed, as your life was valued much this day in my eyes, so let my life be valued much in the eyes of the LORD, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulation." (1 Samuel 26:23-24 NKJV)Wisdom and understanding have great value and Job mentions it in Job 28.
But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? "Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living. (Job 28:12-13 NASB)Zechariah in his prophecy of the future, tells about the price of Christ the Lord as 30 shekels (pieces) of silver.
Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding? "Thus it is hidden from the eyes of all living And concealed from the birds of the sky. (Job 28:20-21 NASB)
Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them." So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD. (Zechariah 11:13 NASB)We are of great value to the Lord, so much so, that He gave His Life for our salvation. If you know the Lord as Savior, then, that "knowing Christ Jesus," has tremendous value.
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, (Philippians 3:8 NASB)We trust you do know the Lord and realize how much He loves you and cares for you. Much more than the critters, whom he cares for tremendously.
See also Gospel Message