See that common sparrow yonder? Yep, the one that takes off immediately when approached by a man. There is no other acceptable explanation for the fear and dread of man………..apart from the revelation of God’s word.
Go ahead, put your hand out and ask it to land on your palm. He will run (maybe fly) for cover in trepidation, not knowing that the hand that feeds it means it no harm. And yes, some birds, sea life, and animals can be trained when bribed with food, ie, the dolphin, lion, or eagle, but nature’s wings protest the occupying of space with man. The little birds are fearful.
Ah, but this fear! Multiply that a dozen times and you have dread. You would no more harm that sparrow than a squirrel that feeds next to it would, well maybe at least jockeying position for the same seed. This dread of man is not learned by experience, nope, it is innate through the Creator, thank you very much.
You see, a whole bunch of stuff went south, or should I say ‘east,’ after the devastating occurrences of Eden. Murder. Deceit. Earthquakes. Lies. Whirlwinds. Idolatry. Backstabbers. Backbiters. Floods. Perversions to the nines. False prophets. False brothers. False teachers. Yikes, sounds like the history of man. Yep, the whole creation groans, even until now. No wonder the sparrow flies with the caution of man in his radar.
Fortunately, as there was a beginning, there will be an end, and once more God will vindicate His own handiwork.
And somewhere in between, the lion will lie down with the lamb, and a tot can play with his rubber gun near the hole of an asp. The curtain of the dread of man by nature will be lifted, and once more the earth will flourish, and the song of earth’s agreement will be sweet. But that time is not yet.
So the sparrow remains aloof, until….the time of regeneration, when the son of man sits upon the throne of His glory. That time is not yet, but fortunately, to every thing there is a season, a time and a purpose under heaven.
And then, fear not little birdie.