Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
I. To ILLUSTRATE AND CONFIRM THE DOCTRINE WHICH THESE WORDS EXHIBIT THAT THERE IS A PARTICULAR PROVIDENCE. The Bible reveals this doctrine — "His kingdom ruleth over all."
1. The providence of God extends to a meaner order of things — to raiment, birds, lilies; thus it is concerned with events great and small.
2. The providence of God is more extensive and minute than the care of any one part of the creation over another. The most tender mother never counted the hairs of her child, but God's providence extends to this.
3. The notion which the Scriptures give us of God. He is said to be Governor, but how can He be unless He attend to all the concerns of those over whom He rules. Where is His wisdom if events take place to meet which He is not provided; or His power, if circumstances transpire over which He has no control.
4. If we reject providence, one great part of Scripture must be resigned, that which we call prophecy.
II. To POINT OUT THE PURPOSES OF UTILITY — EXPERIMENTAL AND PRACTICAL — TO WHICH THIS DOCTRINE IS TO BE APPLIED.
1. It is calculated to cheer the ministers of Christ under the various difficulties to their success to which they are exposed.
2. It is calculated to console the true Church of God in all parts of the earth.
3. It may serve to sustain the heart of every individual disciple of Christ.
4. It tends to calm the mind while watching the various dispensations of Providence as it respects nations or individuals.
Parallel VersesKJV: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.