Hairs on my Head
This morning, after reading the scriptures, one question that came to my mind is “how many hairs do I have on my head?” The second was “how many people are alive today?” The first question, for those who know me, might make you laugh, because I have “lost” some of my hair. The average person has 100,000 hairs, but blondes not only have more fun, they have more hair. On average blondes have 150,000 hairs. Some of the other interesting facts at the Healthline web site are shown here:
How many Humans Are There in 2020?
According to some web sites, there are 7.58 billion people all the way up to 7.8 billion. It is a big number either way you look at it. If Jesus is correct, and I believe he is, then God has a number on each hair of 7.5 billion people. That means he sees and knows and cares about the details. Nothing escapes his attention or care or reach or control. “Even the hairs of your head are all numbered,” is what Jesus said in Luke 12:7. Let that sink in. That was true in 30 AD and it was true in 1020 AD and it is true in 2020 AD.
Keeping Track of Sparrows (Luke 12:6-7)
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” No one really knows how many sparrows there are. Well, one person does, but it isn’t you or me. According to a web resource, “Less than 200 years ago, there were no House Sparrows in North America. Now these cosmopolitan birds are one of the most abundant songbirds on the continent, with an estimated 150 million birds established in all 48 states.”
Jesus Uses the Common and Plentiful Objects to Illustrate and Reassure
The text I read was Luke 12:1-7. Jesus uses sparrows and hair to emphasize God’s abilities and attention to everything in our lives. If he is loving and concerned about my well-being, and I believe he is, then there is nothing in my life or circumstances that is “out-of-control.” It is all visible, timed, orchestrated, and purposeful. Let that sink in. Then do not fear. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.
Luke 12:4-7: “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
LINKS: Hair on Human Head