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Men and Sparrows.

Men and Sparrows.

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BY EZRA HOYT BYINGTON, D.D.


Fear not, therefore: ye are of more value than many
sparrows.

St. Matthew x. 31.
BY EZRA HOYT BYINGTON, D.D.


Fear not, therefore: ye are of more value than many
sparrows.

St. Matthew x. 31.

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ME AD SPARROWS. BY EZRA HOYT BYIGTO, D.D. Fear not, therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. St. Matthew x. 31. Our Lord has many sayings in respect to value, to profit and loss, to business and trade. He teaches us to compare things as to their real worth, and shows us how God estimates them. " How much is a man better than a sheep," ^ He says. '' Behold the birds of the heaven . . . your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not of much more value than they? "^ '' Consider the liHes : ... if God doth 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 ? " ^ " Consider the ravens . . . God feedeth them : of how much more value are ye than the birds.""* He teaches us that we are likely to neglect things of greater value for things of less value. " Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the rai- ment? " ^ Ye should not, therefore, make it the great question of life : ** What shall we eat? or. What shall we drink? or. Wherewithal shall we be clothed." ^ But 1 St. Matthew xii. 12. * St. Luke xii. 24. 2 St. Matthew vi. 26. & St. Matthew vi. 25. 3 St. Matthew vi. 30. ^ g^. Matthew vi. 31-33. 15 226 ME AD SPARROWS.
 
rather, we should " Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto " us. ^ He warns us against bad investments. " Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth where motn and rust doth consume and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven." ^ He places the spiritual over against the material when He inquires : '' What doth it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life ? For what should a man give in exchange for his life ? " ^ , The Saviour was an admirer of nature. He spoke of the beauty of the flowers, which are arrayed as not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed. He spoke parables of fig trees, of the mustard seed, of the wheat and the tares. He knew how to discern the face of the sky, but in His view, man was more than all these, so that He went about doing good to men, — to all sorts and conditions of men, to poor men, and ignorant men, and sinful men, because they were men, and men were of more value in His sight than all other things. But why is a man of more value than many spar- rows? Why did the Divine Teacher continually place man above other beings on the earth? What are the reasons why our holy religion gives to man a place so much higher than other religions assign him ? Is man of more value than the sparrows because he is larger? Take a thousand sparrows, or a million, and do they come any nearer an equality with man J St. Matthew vi. 33. 2 st. Matthew vi. 19-20. 3 St. Mark viii. 36.
 
ME AD SPARROWS. 22/ than one sparrow? Take the largest animal that lives, and is not a man of more value than that ani- mal? Take the most intelligent, and the most useful animals, and do they come any nearer in value to man? Compare with these a little child of a few weeks old : watch the first gleam of intelligence, the first smile, the first look of interest, and affection. Is not that little child of more value than many spar- rows? Go to the last little grave that has been made in the cemetery, and see the flowers that have been left there by loving hands. Ask the mother how much that little one was worth to her. Bring her presents to make up her loss. Bring her singing birds, bring her jewels and gold, bring her what you will, and would she not give it all, would she not give all the world, if she could call back the little one which God has taken? Do not the Scriptures teach us that God cares for these httle ones, cares, indeed, for all the children of men, as He does not care for any of the other creatures which He has made on this earth? I suppose men are of more value than sparrows 07t account of their origin. God made man after His own likeness, so that he is continually spoken of as a child of God, and as such, fitted to enter into some com- panionship with God. It is not certain that we un- derstand fully the method by which God made man. It may be that the processes of evolution have had something to do in the formation of the physical, and even the intellectual nature of man. God accom- 228 ME AD SPARROWS.

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