Saturday, 29 October 2005

More than sparrows

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them falls to the ground without your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear: you are worth more than many sparrows.”

—Matthew 10:29-31.

2 Comments:

hermeneuticallyconfused said...

This is one of the most-heard but least understood passages in the Bible - it has to be. Knowing what we do now about the world and the things that occur within it, to people of all persuasions, what exactly then is this saying? Though a great "aaaawww" passage, how could anyone actually take it to mean anything concrete?

Ben Myers said...

I think I see what you mean about this saying. Perhaps, like many of the sayings of Jesus, this is hard to understand not because it's so difficult or so complex, but because it's so very simple. In any case, I think it would definitely be a mistake to interpret the saying as a kind of general metaphysical statement about God, or as a theological definition of divine sovereignty. Rather what's being said is far more simple and far more direct: we can be free of care, because the Father of Jesus cares for us.

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