“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.”
It is amazing what God chooses to reveal to us concerning reality both at the macro (large scale) and micro (small scale) levels. When we consider these things carefully, we see a glimpse of the great heart of God on the matter. Genesis one contains God’s account of the creation of the world summarized in 31 beautiful verses. In case we need more detail, God gave us chapter two, in which He backed up and filled in more details concerning the sixth day of creation week. Even so, we are left with a million science questions about creation. Astronomers and cosmologists tell us that our sun (if it were hollow) could contain more than a million earth-sized planets. We are further told that our own Milky Way Galaxy contains about 100 billion stars, and that the observable universe contains more galaxies than we can count, like blades of grass in a meadow! To this, God’s inspired record simply states that “he made the stars also” (Genesis 1:16b). What captures our attention and fills us with awe and wonder is mere “finger work” to God (Psalm 8:3). As it turns out, God is much more interested in speaking to us of things that concern people and their immediate—as well as their eternal—well being. Yes, God speaks to things at the macro scale in His word but, much more often, God zeros in on specific people and their immediate circumstances. Genesis 1-11 largely concerns the whole created order and humanity as a whole. Genesis 12-50, however, zeros in on one family and discloses many intimate details concerning them. Whereas the creation of the stars is covered in a single verse, Abraham’s bartering for a burial plot for Sarah occupies an entire chapter (Genesis 23)! We see this kind of thing throughout the Bible. The Gospels are especially revealing in this respect; all kinds of personal, eyewitness details are shared. Mark, for instance, describes the look on Christ’s face (3:3), and how He sighed (7:34; 8:12). He tells us how Christ’s expression revealed genuine love (10:21) and how a blind man cast his garment aside as he ran to Jesus (10:49-50). John tells us exactly what time of day certain events took place (1:39; 4:6, 52) and what the Lord’s disciples experienced, understood, believed, and remembered (2:11, 17; 12:16; 20:1-10). In all this, God’s infinite power and morally-perfect economy is revealed. We see that, though nothing in all the world escapes the notice of the Creator, His human image-bearers are especially dear to Him. Even the very structure of the Bible, what it reveals and what it does not, teaches us that we occupy a very special place in the great heart of God. May this meditation encourage us to do as the great apostle instructed, namely, to cast all our care upon Christ our Lord, knowing for certain that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).