Matthew 10:29 – “Are two sparrows not sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”
Such an incredibly beautiful verse. How does our Father care for us and love us? Like this. He knows all. When the birds fall to the ground, He knows.
Christ says that a proper relationship with God does not rest solely on fear of God’s power to destroy. It also springs from confidence in God’s care. Christians should trust Him because He is watching and aware of them and will provide for them—even up to and through the point of death.
Jesus illustrates this by describing God’s care for sparrows. God created every form of life on earth, including the lowly sparrow. In Israel at this time, one could buy two sparrows for a penny. Luke’s gospel mentions a volume discount of five sparrows for two pennies (Luke 12:6). The poorest of Israelites consumed sparrows for food. They had very little value in the culture. Still, not a single sparrow dies without God knowing it. He is ever and always aware of all He has created.
The point is that if God cares about sparrows, He obviously cares about His own people more. They surely will not fall to the ground without the Father knowing and caring. This does not mean God will always prevent harm from coming to His children (Matthew 5:3–12). Confidence comes to believers in knowing that nothing happens without God’s knowledge and care: hard times are not a sign that God has forgotten us.
Jesus refers to God here as “your Father,” making clear to His apostles that God sees them as children who are in a personal relationship with Him. They need not fear the wrath of the persecutors, because their Father God is watching and will be there for them, even if they die.
God sees us as His children. He sees you as His child. His child. Read that again and let that sink in.