What does a sparrow symbolize in the Bible?

Matthew 10:29; Luke 12:6

Matthew 10:29

ESV - 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

Clarify Share Report Asked May 24 2020 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As indicated in the verses cited in the question, I would say that the sparrow is being cited as an example of a creature that is small, insignificant, or of little apparent value from a human perspective, as indicated particularly both by their relative abundance in comparison with humans, and also by the low price that humans assign to them when selling or purchasing them.

Jesus said that, despite their great number and humble status, God (as their original Creator) does not allow even one of them to die without His specific knowledge and permissive will. If God's omniscience and omnipotence extend that level of oversight and concern to such a seemingly trivial and abundant life form, then He will surely care and provide much more for humans whom He not only also originally created, but also created in His own image.

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