Vol. 31, No. 9 September, 2007
ONE DAY A SPARROW FELL
By Pastor George Mills
“Are not two Sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”
Sometimes a word, or a verse will come to my mind and it seems as though it wants to stay there. I just keep thinking about it until I just say, “OK, let’s do some searching and see what the Bible (KJV) says.” The title of this message came to mind a couple of weeks ago, and like so many times before, it just stayed with me. Please allow me the privilege of sharing these truths with you. Nothing new, but a reminder of some of the precious things of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Some things about a little Sparrow.
I am reminded that when our Lord illustrates some great truth, He seldom uses something big as His example. He uses the small, the weak, the insignificant, to confound the wisdom of man. Of course, the widow’s mite comes to mind. Christ was not so impressed With the giving of rich men. He was impressed with the widow’s gift of two mites, (about a half of a penny)(Lk 21:1-4)
Let us consider some of the small things in Biblical illustration. There are so many. We could mention the widow who was going to make a little cake for her and her son, and then die. The Prophet said unto her, “Make me a little cake first.” And from that act of obedience to the man of God, her barrel of meal, and cruse of oil wasted not.” (1Kings 17:10-16) An unlimited supply came from just a few crumbs of meal.
In the Book of Proverbs, the wise man Solomon gave us many illustrations…
To the lazy he said, “Go to the ANT thou sluggard” “She provideth her meat in the summer. (Prov. 6:6-8).
He uses four SMALL things to illustrate wisdom. “Four things which are LITTLE upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise.” (Prov 30:24-28)
(A) “The ANTS are a people NOT strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” How many illustrations about the ANT can you see even in your own back yard? Busy, busy, busy.
(B) “The CONIES are but a FEEBLE folk, yet they make their houses in the rocks.” This is a SMALL nocturnal animal who lives safely in the home he has prepared in the rocks, safe from preditors.
(C) “The LOCUSTS have no king yet they go forth all of them by bands.” One locust cannot do much damage, but a band, working together can devour a crop in minutes.
(D) “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in the king’s palaces.” Picture a great meeting room. There, on his throne the king sits. Before him are lavish banquet tables. The room is filled with invited guests. The place is spotless. My, what a feast is prepared. But if you look carefully there in a far corner in the ceiling, a SMALL spider is enjoying some kind of a feast of her own…in the king’s palace.
Jesus said, “Consider the LILIES, how they grow. They toil not, they spin not, and yet I say unto you, that Solomon and all His glory was not arrayed like one of these.”(Lk. 12:27). You can read about some of the Glory of Solomon in 1Kings 10. All of the wealth, glory, and prosperity of the king could not be compared to a small LILY. Christ challenged us; “How they grow.” A LILY pictures Christ in so many ways. First, a LILY does not grow from a seed. It grows from it’s own ROOT system. A bulb is produced in the roots, unseen. When Jesus said, “I am the ROOT and offspring of David,”(Rev22:16) I believe that I can understand that. Consider the LILY. Every LILY has six pedals in every flower. Six is the number of man. Reminding us that Jesus left Heaven to become us, to redeem us. Every LILY has seven stamen in the flower. Seven is the number for perfection. He is the Perfect Saviour for imperfect sinners. The pollen at the end of every stamen is Gold in color. Gold pictures Deity. The LILY comes in a variety of colors, reminding us of the “Manifold Grace of God.” Every time you see just a small LILY, it will preach many sermons, if you just look and listen. We could mention the beautiful ROSE with it’s thorns, and fragrance, but I must go on.
LITTLE THINGS are our subject today. And on the bad side, we are reminded about so many little things that spoil. “Little foxes that spoil the vines.”(Song Of Sol. 2:15). Little foxes that dig around the roots and ruin many plants. “Dead flies cause the ointment of the Apothecary to send forth a stinking savour.” (Eccl 10:1) SMALL things like dead flies. He did not say, dead horses, or dead elephants, he said “dead flies.” SMALL things. Jesus said, “Beware of the LEAVEN of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy.” (Lk 12:1) Paul warned “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”(1Cor. 5:6). Leaven is always associated with false doctrine. Just add a little word here, and take away a little word there, and soon you will be swimming in false doctrine. Today, not only are we swimming in, we are drowning in false doctrine.
And SMALL THINGS in our homes seem to do more damage to marriages than do the larger things. Let us never forget to be mindful of the SMALL, common courtesies, kindnesses in our home life.
SMALL THINGS…Yukon Baptist Church is A SMALL THING. I wish to express this over again. Because of the various outreach Ministries, folk have the idea that this is a large Church with large attendance, printing presses rolling, and much, much activity. We are NOT a large Church. We are a very small Church. What a surprise when visitors see just a small Church in an old wooden building, in need of much repair. In fact, I urge our readers to pray with us as we are trying to make necessary repairs.
As far as this Ministry is concerned, we have no budget, no grants, no large bank account. Due to the gifts of people, and some we have never met, we have managed to pay for everything as we go. We cannot create any debt for this Ministry.“WILDERNESS” Ministries began in 1966. We began to print “WILDERNESS” TRACTS. Our Tracts have gone so much farther than we could ever anticipate. Quite frequently, one of our tracts is returned to us with the back page filled in indicating that the sender has received Christ as Saviour.
The “CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD” Broadcast began in 1967. At various times over the years we have expanded to Missionary, short wave radio, and now on the Internet with the potential of over 250 million computers worldwide. We make no claim here, but only to mention the great unlimited possibilities.
The “WILDERNESS MONTHLY PUBLICATION” was born in June, 1976. Now, 31 years later, God is still blessing. We began posting this Publication on the Internet in 2001. People in over 40 countries visited our web-site in July.
The “WILDERNESS” is sent in bulk to many prisons, jails, and rescue missions every month. We are glad to hear from inmates who have received Christ and are trying to live for Him. Some are trying to get their life together, and live for Christ when they leave prison.
“WILDERNESS” Bibles for Africa Project. Daily we receive requests for Bibles, books, tracts, and various helps. I cannot say NO. We must do something. Every week we send at least one package to Africa. These folks have never asked for a dime. They only ask for Bibles (KJV) One Pastor wrote that they had only one New Testament for the entire village.
And we do these things WITHOUT any money. The Message today is about SMALL THINGS. I don’t think you can get much smaller than we are.
I cannot type, but with two fingers, I have typed many, many sermons, tracts, etc. I have no secretary (nor do I want one). Mrs. Mills is my proofreader. She does great.
While this Church is a SMALL CHURCH, this SMALL CHURCH reaches more people around the world than most large churches ever think about reaching. SMALL THINGS. We are always aware that it is GOD. It has to be GOD. It has to be by His Power. To God be the Glory for it all.
I could go on and on about SMALL THINGS God uses, but let us get to our Text today, “ONE DAY A SPARROW FELL.” I do not know much about Sparrows, so I had to do some research.
1. THE WORTH OF A SPARROW. Jesus said, “Are not two Sparrows sold for a farthing?”(Mt 10:29) A farthing is about ¼ of a penny. Two Sparrows would be sold for ½ of one penny. In Luke 12:6, Jesus said that five Sparrows would be sold for two farthings.” That means if you bought four Sparrows, you would get the 5th one free. Not worth very much, money, that is.
(A) He is WORTH the care of an Infinite God. “Not one of them is forgotten before God,” I have already mentioned the ANT, the SPIDER, etc. Of course, the Bible is careful to mention the Greatness of God. “The Heavens declare the Glory of God”(Psa 19) “When I consider Thy Heavens and the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars.” (Psa 8).
(B) He is WORTH the concern of a Loving Saviour. We sing the lovely song, “His eye is on The Sparrow, and I know He watches me.” Would anything other than concern attract the attention of Christ?
He sees us. He knows us. He knows our case. The Priest and the Levite passed by on the other side.” (Lk 10:30-37). But a certain Samaritan, as He journeyed, SAW him and came to Him.” Jesus saw the Sparrow, and He sees us.
(C) He is WORTH the cause of lost mankind. He points us to Christ.
Sparrows were probably sold to the poor for a sacrifice offering. Every sacrifice pointed to the Saviour’s sacrifice on the Cross for our sin. As that little Sparrow would shed it’s blood for the sin of someone, the innocent for the guilty, so Christ would Freely shed His Blood for the sins of the world. No doubt that this was in the Mind of Christ as He pointed to this little Sparrow.
2. THE WEALTH OF A SPARROW.
Here we are between WORTH and WEALTH. Worth and Wealth are almost never in balance. They are seldom found in the same person. I have met many who were WEALTHY, but not WORTH much. They had much. They had anything they wanted. But not worth very much. Not worth much to the community, to society, but at the same time, very wealthy. You can think of several in your experience of life. I think of many of the Hollywood “stars” who have everything that the heart desires, but they have nothing. I think of the troubled woman who appears on TV news almost daily. I believe her name is Britney. I think of the millions of young teen-age girls who idolize her, who want to pattern their lives after her. Young ladies, don’t fall for that. Keep your character. She may be wealthy, but she is worthless as far as being the example for young girls. She is worth much to Christ. He gave His life for her, and me, and you. I hope that she gets saved, along with many in that society. The Sparrow witnesses to a GREATER WEALTH. “You are of more value than many Sparrows.” Jesus left His home in Glory to come to the world of sin and rebellion. He came to rescue us, and take us to that Wonderful Place called Heaven. The Wealth of this world would not buy one of the Gates at the entrance of that Fair City. Jesus did not look at the wealth of this world for His illustration. He simply pointed to a lowly Sparrow.
3. THE WONDER OF A SPARROW.
The Sparrow is a survivor. The Sparrow is not native to America. Sparrows were brought to this land in 1851. They have thrived here. They live in just about every state. Just a small little bird. Only about 6 inches long. Just a few ounces. He stays busy. He sings chirps the day long. Recently I was at a gas station filling my tank. Sparrows had built their nests in the canopy above the gas pumps. They were chirping, singing. There must have been dozens up there. But he is a survivor in a foreign land. Nothing gets him down. Chase him from here, he will survive over there. Don’t you think that Christians could learn a lesson here? So many of us are ready to quit at the first sign of opposition. May God give us that “Sparrow mentality.” WE WILL NOT QUIT. WE WILL NOT BE STOPPED.
4. THE WITNESS OF A SPARROW.
With his happy, care-free nature, and his “I will not be stopped” attitude, he preaches many sermons.
1. He WITNESSES to the Sacrifice of Christ. As we have stated, the Sparrow, sold to be a sacrifice for sin, witnesses of the Cross where Jesus died.
2. He WITNESSES to a Merciful God who gave His son.
3. He WITNESSES to a greater wealth. “Ye are of more value than many Sparrows. Every time we see a little Sparrow, we should be reminded of the care and concern of our Great God.
5. THE WISDOM OF A SPARROW.
There is so much to say, but I must bring this to a close. I am so glad that I have looked at this little bird.
The 84th Psalm is a Song about the House of God. “Blessed are they that dwell in Thy House. They will be still praising Thee.”(v4). He mentions in v3, “The Sparrow hath found a house.” What wisdom. The Psalmist envies the birds that built their nest there in the small spaces along the edge of the roof. In the 102nd Psalm. The Psalmist says “I watch, and am as a Sparrow alone on the house top.” “Up high, in order that I may clearly see my enemy.”
The Sparrow speaks of so much. The question is, has God spoken to your heart? Are you right with Him? Have you trusted God’s ONLY Sacrifice for sin? Remember the setting…As the Sparrow was sold for a sacrifice offering, Our Lord Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver. He was betrayed. He was nailed to the Cross where He bore ALL the sin of ALL the world. He wants to be your Saviour. He arose from the dead to become the Living Saviour. The Bible says that we are sinners. “ALL have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”(Ro 3:23) We are sinners by Birth, by nature, and by choice. “Wherefore as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned.” (Ro 5:12). The Bible says that the “Wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Ro 6:23). Today, believe what the Bible says about you. By simple faith alone, Tell Jesus that you believe in your heart that He died and arose from the dead for YOU. He will hear the cry of the repentant heart. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Do that just now.
And when you see a Happy little Sparrow, playing, singing, happy, care-free, just say “O little Sparrow, how happy and free you are, but not as free as I. I am saved! Thank God I am free!
I am Saved!
THINK ABOUT IT…A SMALL STONE killed a giant. If you will take a few moments and read 1Samuel 17, (KJV) you will read the account where DAVID selected five smooth stones and with one of these stones, slew GOLIATH, the nine foot giant who was harassing Israel.
The N.I.V. in 2Samuel 21:19 gives credit to Elhanan for slaying the same GOLIATH. I do not know what weapon Elhanan used to slay the giant. Perhaps they will let us know in the next “latest, updated, most complete version” yet to be printed.
CHRISTIANS, DON’T FALL FOR THIS JUNK LABLED “BIBLE” BEING SOLD ON THE MARKET TODAY.
AN ODE TO A SPARROW
By Pastor George Mills
“Are not two Sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”
One day a Sparrow,
Fell to the ground.
Just a small Sparrow,
But what Grace did abound.
What ailed thee, small Sparrow,
Did you just fly too low,
Or did you lose sight,
Of which way to go?
Why did you fall?
Did you consider it best,
To flutter your wings,
Than to stay by the nest?
Why did you leave,
And take to your flight?
But take heed, little Sparrow,
One sees your plight.
Fear not little Sparrow,
God sees when you fall.
He knows when you’re hurting,
And He will answer your call.
Fret not little Sparrow,
As you lay on the ground,
There wounded and ruffled,
God hears your faint sound
But, you’re not of much value,
Not much worth, if any,
Why even two of you,
Are worth less than a penny.
But One cares about you,
And all your worth.
He’s the Great Creator,
Of Heaven and Earth.
He made thee, small Sparrow,
And the Eagle, and Dove,
And all things on earth,
And all things above.
And just like that Sparrow,
I fell from my place.
It was then that I learned,
Of His Infinite Grace.
Never out of His sight,
And He knows what is Best.
And with Gentle Hands,
He puts us back in the nest.
We rejoice, little Sparrow,
Now back in our place.
We were never forsaken,
We’re Trophies of Grace.
WANDERING THROUGH THE WILDERNESS…
I do sincerely wish to thank each of you who pray for, and support this Ministry. Without the help of friends out there, we could do very little. Every gift is needed and appreciated. Thank you for your letters, and calls. Thank you for every word of encouragement. God has so wonderfully blessed this Publication Ministry. We are living in the days of great communication. There are many more ways today to share the Gospel with the world. I would encourage every Fundamental (KJV) Church to become involved in every outreach available.
KNOW YOUR BIBLE
“Accept no substitutes”
By Pastor George Mills
Many years ago, as a young Christian, I attended a small Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee. I had been saved just 4 years. I had a desire to serve Christ. I did not know just what I should do. I wanted to be a preacher, but standing before people just frightened me. I had never said more than six words in one sentence in my life. Now, there I was, studying how to be a preacher. Well, anyway, I remember my “Bible Backgrounds” Class. I still have my notebook from that class. The Professor said to us, “We get our Bibles from two sources;
1. SINAITICUS. A scroll dated approx 400 AD. Found by accident by Constantine Von Tischendorf in St. Catherine’s Monastery in 1844.
2. VATICANUS. Also found by Tischendorf in the Vatican Library in 1849.“
The Professor told us that these two manuscripts are the source of our Bibles. As I stated, I was a young Christian. I did not know much, but the Professor’s statement, and his lesson series did not do much for me. I had heard many of the Great Preachers of those days, and many of the things I learned from them did not line up with what my Professor was teaching. I have been much interested over the years in studying Bible History. I have read good books by good Authors who have researched Bible History. I have learned from every source I have had available.
What my Professor was telling me is the same thing that “Bible” schools across America have fallen for. My Professor was introducing me to the CRITICAL TEXT. This “Critical Text” was born in the 1860’s. Two Anglican textual critics; Wescott and Hort created a new Greek text from Vatacanus and Siniaticus. There is no evidence in any writing or statement that these two “critics” were Christian. In fact, they did not believe the creation story, preservation of Scripture, and they were Darwinists. Thus, the English Revised Version was birthed in 1889, producing a flood of over 200 “Most updated versions.” Every new version on the market comes from this Critical (corrupt) text.
One Bible stands alone. For 400 years, the King James Bible has stood as the Monarch Of Books. Vaticanus, and Siniaticus were born in apostasy in Alexandria in Egypt. Apostates continue to promote this text.
The RECEIVED TEXT, born in the Inspiration of The Holy Spirit in the heart of the Apostles and sent to local Churches, who in turn spread the Word to other cities, and regions. Each Manuscript passed on to other Churches, and RECEIVED up through the centuries. Men were brutally murdered, or burned at the stake in trying to get this text to the next generation. This is the text where we get our Bible. Educated men are saying that the New Critical Text is the best text. I ask the same question men have asked; “If the Critical text is best, why did God hide it for 1600 years? If the Received Text is inferior, why would the Holy Spirit use it to completely dominate the world since Apostolic days?”
There is no doubt about it, the greatest issue of our time is the issue of the Bible.
Which one? There are so many, take your choice. You can find one that will say anything you want it to say. Of course, you can always say, “I CHECKED THE GREEK.” Better check yourself on the “Greek” Some of these texts are now in their 25th REVISION.
I believe in the Inspired, Infallible, Inerrant, PRESERVED Word of God, and Preserved for us in English in the King James Version. “Accept No Substitutes.” My Professor did not shake my faith, he only caused me to search the truth.
As I say to folk everywhere I go. “THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR BIBLE.” (KJV).
I was reading a statement by Dr. Frank Logsdon, Co-founder of the New American Standard Version…He said, “I thought that the Wescott and Hort text was correct. I must under God denounce every attachment to the New American Standard Version. I’m afraid I’m in trouble with the Lord. I wrote the format. I wrote the preface. When you see the preface in the New American Standard Version, those are my words. It’s WRONG, it’s terribly wrong, it’s frightfully wrong. The deletions are absolutely frightening, there are so many. Are we so naïve that we do not suspect Satanic deception in all of this?”
I would to God that every promoter of “versions” from the CRITICAL text would ask the same questions.
However, the bottom line in the “BIBLE” issue is as it has always been; MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.
Take care, It’s not payday yet, (Rev. 22:18-19).