Friday, September 01, 2006

Of How Much More Value Are We?

1) Sheep.

Matthew 12:11-12 And He said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

Many times in Scripture believers are compared to sheep, and many wonderful applications are made. Then Jesus states that we are so much better than a sheep! If men care for sheep, even so, God's love for us is so much greater! He will rescue us, seek and save us (see Luke 15:4-7; Matthew 18:11-14), have compassion on us (Matthew 10:36), and bring us into His fold (through faith in Christ - John 10:16).

Luke 12:31-32 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

2) Sparrows.

Matthew 6:25-26 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Matthew 10:29-31 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.

God cares for all of His creation, but He considers us of so much more value than anything else on this earth. Several places in the New Testament and the Old Testament, God compares the believer to sparrows. As God knows the number of all the sparrows, and knows the number of hairs on each of our heads, so too He knows all about us, and cares for each of us.

Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

God will not forget His children! They are of infinite value to Him!

The Lord meets the needs of all His birds, even so He will meet all your needs! (See Luke 12:24) Are you casting all your care on Him? He does care for you!

If you are saved, you will only be at home in the presence of God - despite whatever comforts and attractions the world may offer you. (See Psalm 84:1-4)

3) Lilies.

Luke 12:27-28 Consider the lilies how the grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will He clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Matthew 6:28-30 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

As our Heavenly Father clothes the flowers of the field, so He clothes His children. We need not fear or worry about our daily needs - we simply need to have complete confidence and trust in the Lord to provide them, and faith in the promises of God stored for us in His Word!

Like the other two comparisons above, God's children are also referred to as lilies in the Song Of Solomon. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Lily of the Valleys, and we are as the Lily. (See Song of Solomon 2:1-2. Also see the comparison in Hosea 14:5)

Song of Solomon 2:16 My Beloved is mine, and I am His: He feedeth among the lilies. (Also see 6:2-3)

The Lord delights to fellowship with His children. Are you taking time out each morning to seek Him first? Are you seeking His righteousness and His will for your life each day?

Matthew 6 and Luke 12 are wonderful passages to read and meditate on - especially when you are fearful and fretting about your daily needs. Your Heavenly Father wants you to trust in Him and not be afraid. Go claim some promises today!

If you have never placed personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in His finished work on the cross of Calvary and received Him as your Saviour, then you cannot claim these wonderful promises until you do so. Please carefully read the following Gospel tract in order that you may clearly understand what the Bible teaches about how to be saved (according to the Bible): God's Simple Plan Of Salvation.

October 26th/04
Jerry Bouey

For a list of studies that use the Song of Solomon as the springboard:

Song Of Solomon

2 comments:

Kate said...

This is exactly what I needed to read today! Thank you brother!!!

Sis. Julie said...

What a blessing to know that He loves us so much more than all of His other creation!! When all else fails and others fail me too...I know that God will always love me and never fail me!!

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