God’s love is sometimes not understood. Some try and measure God’s love by using human measurement of what man thinks is valuable.
Jesus used sparrows as an illustration of God’s love. “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” (Matt. 10:28-31).
This illustration may not be understood today as sparrows are not used as monetary items today. Those small birds were eaten as a small morsel of food. One might call them a snack today. In Bible times the birds would be plucked and placed on a skewer then roasted over a fire.
These small birds were of little value. Matthew said 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.
Even with all the things going on in the world at any given time, God knows when one sparrow – however worthless in man’s eye – falls to the ground. It is so amazing to know that God cares for each one.
In the fall of the year, many times one can see flocks of birds that would number into the thousands, yet God cares for each little creature. God cares for all his creatures, and especially man.
In the eyes of some it takes power, money or prestige to be important. God cares for every person on the face of the earth no matter the color of their skin, the amount of money they have or any number of other things that men count important.
God told man in his word, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God wants all to be saved, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all…” (1 Timothy 2: 3-6).
This great sacrifice shows just how much God cares for man.
God sent his Son to give himself as the ransom for man’s sins. He has given his word so that one can know what is expected of them. 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 Tim. 3:16,17) should make want to read and study. God wants all men to believe on Jesus as his Son (John 8:24), to repent of sins (Luke 13:3), be willing to confess the name of Jesus before men (Matt. 10:32, 33), and then be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
God’s word shows God’s love and care for mankind.