A Sparrow Thrown In For Free

As the Bible tells us the story of God’s people, it reveals some of the details of ancient daily life. One of the things we find out is how much sparrows cost. 

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent?” (Matt. 10:29). But if you spent a little more, you’d get an even better deal. “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents?” (Luke 12:6).

These birds were so cheap that if you bought four, another was thrown in for free. Still, “Not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father” (Matt. 10:29), and “Yet not one of them is forgotten before God” (Luke 12:6).

Have you ever felt so insignificant that you were just part of a package deal? Sometimes this world makes feel like these little sparrows: cheap, disposable, sold by the lot, even thrown in for free. We even talk about being so out of place we feel like “a fifth wheel.” 

But in all times of fear, doubt, and unease, realize that God that knows and cares about each individual one of us to the degree that “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matt. 10:30).

So, “Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:31; Luke 12:7).