Little Brown Bird: Musing on Life, Love and Divine Judgment

I have a soft heart, really.  Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know me well.

I was taking out the recycling just now, and as I walked to the side of the house, I saw a little baby bird with downy feathers lying dead on the concrete.  My heart sank.  I know intellectually that death is an eventuality.  I know this, but when I see death or dead animals/avians/etc I can’t help but stop.  I crouched down and grabbed it by its feet and placed it carefully in the green waste.  It’s feet were so tiny and soft.

God’s creation is so beautiful.  I can’t wait for eternity, when we can live in the world as it was meant to be, immortal and holy- a testament to the Creator.  I could wax poetic, but I won’t.  Cherish life- your own and others- but don’t overvalue it.

Matthew 10:29 (NIV)

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny[a]? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.

We already know about the sovereignty of our Creator.  Jesus Christ was subject to the will of the Father- as evidenced by His supplication to the Father, also His constant deference to God’s divine will.   This morning’s contemplation on the fragility and beauty of life led me to think of that particular passage.  A sparrow falls to the ground- and it is not apart from His will.

Verses 30-31:

And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Verse 29 stuck out to me:

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in Hell.

This refers to the just and righteously wrathful God of judgment.  It does not refer to satan.  While our souls may be immortal, that does not mean they cannot be destroyed under the might of His divine (and rightly deserved) punishment.

This passage came BEFORE Jesus tells us that the little sparrow is not unseen by the Creator who knows the number of  hairs on our heads.  This emphasis on God’s judgment precedes Jesus’ assurance of the Creator’s love for His creation- because perhaps they come from the same place.  Just as parents punish their children to keep them from wrong ways, I imagine God does the same- out of love.

That’s all I have for now.


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