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Luke Study #125 – Sparrows

The Gospel Of Luke

Luke 12:4-12 (CEV)

My friends, don’t be afraid of people. They can kill you, but after that, there is nothing else they can do. God is the one you must fear. Not only can he take your life, but he can throw you into hell. God is certainly the one you should fear!

Five sparrows are sold for just two pennies, but God doesn’t forget a one of them. Even the hairs on your head are counted. So don’t be afraid! You are worth much more than many sparrows.

If you tell others that you belong to me, the Son of Man will tell God’s angels that you are my followers. But if you reject me, you will be rejected in front of them. 10 If you speak against the Son of Man, you can be forgiven, but if you speak against the Holy Spirit, you cannot be forgiven.

11 When you are brought to trial in the Jewish meeting places or before rulers or officials, don’t worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say. 12 At that time the Holy Spirit will tell you what to say.


When my kids were little we didn’t have a car, and so we walked everywhere we could. The grocery store, swimming pool and library were all a short walk from our house and along the way there was a flock of sparrows that used to gather all summer long.

And every time we passed the sparrows I would remind my kids about what Jesus had to say about them – that even if five sparrows were sold for two pennies, God doesn’t forget them, and we are worth much more than not only one sparrow, but lots of sparrows.

And not only are we worth more than lots of sparrows, but all of us as humans are worth more than lots of sparrows.

Jesus doesn’t single out one person in the crowd and say, ‘you, Jim – you’re definitely worth more than lots of sparrows’ or ‘you, Jill – I know all the hairs on your head are counted’.

This wasn’t special points for special people who had kept all the rules.

This wasn’t directed just to the religious or the ‘righteous’ or the good.

This wasn’t an accomplishment that the old people had attained or something that the young still possessed.

Sexuality, gender, physical disabilities or abilities, religious practices or views on a literal heaven or frequency of sacrifice weren’t being discussed.

Whether someone was a tax collector or a rabbi, a prostitute or a fisherman was irrelevant to this statement.

Jesus starts this section by telling his audience not to be afraid of people. He’s just finished telling off the Pharisees, and the Pharisees had a habit of going around judging people, in an attempt to make them feel inferior. And now he turns around and tells his listeners that whoever they are, that whatever their lives look like, that however many of the ‘rules of righteous living’ they’ve been keeping – that none of these things are important or relevant to what God thinks when he sees us.

Because God knows them – and he knows us.

Because God values them – and he values us.

Just as they (and we) are.Journal Questions:

How easy do you find it to believe that God knows and values you?

How easy do you find it to believe that God knows and values the people around you? (Especially the ones that are different from you?)

If you’re able to today, find some sparrows at play. Watch them for a little while. What do they do that is valuable? What do they really contribute to the world? How good are they at conforming to what’s going on around them? How often do they seem to get into meaningless squabbles with one another? What would it mean if God valued the sparrows, and valued you (and those around you) much more than that?

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