“Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
1On Sunday, we heard that we have no need to fear man. We hear this message over and over again in Scripture. In fact, it is one of the most common messages we encounter, occurring more than 300 times. We hear this same message from the mouth of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ “Do not be afraid” has multiple implications. We should not fear slander, because harm to our reputation will be set right when the truth comes to light. We should not fear bodily harm, because harm to the body—even death—is endurable and insignificant compared to the value of the eternal soul. In fact, we have nothing to fear because our Father places such high value on us.
Jesus compared God’s knowledge of the sparrows with His knowledge of you, a person created in His image. A penny is 1/16th of a day’s wage. As inexpensive as two sparrows are, God knows when one of them falls to the ground. How much more, then, does He know each need and struggle we face? We all bear God’s image and are the focus of His redemptive love. That is a tremendously encouraging thought. God is in the details of our lives. Fear God; don’t fear man.
- In what ways does God’s knowledge of everything comfort and assure you?
- Is God’s vast knowledge unsettling to you in any way? Why or why not?
- Confess your fears to God, and commit to not fear men.