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In Luke 12:4-7 how did Jesus explain the care that God has for each of us?

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Posted December 22, 2012 at 8:01 PM via web

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In Luke 12:4-7 how did Jesus explain the care that God has for each of us?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 22, 2012 at 8:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Jesus stresses the idea of ensuring that individuals understand that the love of God is what is real in a world where the individual is surrounded by the unreal.  In Chapter 12, verses 4- 7, Jesus discusses God's love by distinguishing between the real and the unreal.  When individuals understand this, it follows that the care that God has for each of his children becomes evident to all:

4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

The earthly conditions that might dominate individual fear, such as the death of the body, are not where Jesus says the human focus should lie.  Instead, Jesus suggests that God's care is transcendent from these conditions.  The decay that is evident in money,  loss of hair in the form of physical deterioration, and even in the reality of death are not permanent.  These are not real.  Jesus suggests that God's care for human beings is that he has "the authority" that transcends such conditions.  The sparrows that are discarded for cheap profit are not forgotten by God, and thus his care for human beings is something evident both in this life and when it expires.  Jesus' teachings in these verses suggests that individuals recognize fully that God's care is larger than the temporal condition and moves beyond it.  For this reason, individuals must recognize that God's care is a universal one and beyond temporality.  It is here where Jesus suggests that God's care is one that cradles what it means to be a human being and its recognition underscores that which is real in a world where things perceived as real are not so.

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