ARTIFACT • SPARROW
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Jesus begins to explain the market value of a sparrow. Two sparrows are worth one penny. Allow me for a moment to get my nerd on.
The coin Jesus is referring to was actually called an asserion. An asserion was a Greek copper coin worth 1/16 of a Roman denarius. A Roman denarius was worth a day’s wage. So, two sparrows were worth 1/16 of a day’s wage, one sparrow was worth 1/32 of a day’s wage.
Effective July 1, 2014, the minimum wage in the Golden State of California became nine dollars per hour. A standard workday holds eight hours. So currently, a day’s wage equals seventy two dollars. Two sparrows today, would be worth 1/16 of seventy two dollars, which is four dollars and fifty cents. Thus, one sparrow today would be worth two dollars and twenty five cents. Don’t go to your local pet shop to buy a sparrow, they are going to try and rip you off, selling you a sparrow for $15.99.
What’s the point of Jesus giving us the market value of a sparrow?
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.
Something as cheap, inexpensive, and of little value as a sparrow, still has God’s attention. In fact, not only does God notice the sparrows, even their life span is determined by Him. Not one of them will die apart from the will of God.
If God cares about birds to this extent, He is concerned with your life at a much higher level. Each day you will be faced with new challenges, as you face them head on be encouraged that nothing will happen to you apart from the will of your Heavenly Father. After all, you have God’s attention.