Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 134
Context: Jesus, after the Sermon on the Mount, goes about the country teaching the people, healing the ill, lame, blind, dumb, and crazed, and raising the dead. Finally choosing his twelve disciples, he instructs them in their mission and warns them of their difficult life. They may expect, He says, even torture and death. Declaring that the death of the body is unimportant when compared with the death of the body and soul, He reminds them of God's concern for the small sparrow and, therefore, of God's greater concern for them:
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
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