Least but NOT LAST!

When it comes to Israel, God follows a very different agenda to the World. Malcolm Baker explains…

Speaking about sparrows, Jesus said, “…not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it” (Matthew 10:29). One winter in 1958 an ‘estimated’ 194,432 sparrows were killed in one day, in one area alone. Across the whole nation, the sparrow population was decimated with millions of birds dead on the ground. Without the sparrow population, the bugs they once fed on, thrived. The locust population spiralled out of control along with the grasshoppers.  Famine followed as the insects devoured the crops.

What happened to cause this catastrophe? The country was China; the illustrious leader was Chairman Mao. Acting on a false premise, Mao went to war against China’s perceived great enemy, the sparrow. His claim was that the sparrows were eating too much grain. Mao, in his great wisdom, mobilised the population of China to get rid of the bird that ‘gave him the bird’ and the humble sparrows didn’t stand even a grain of a chance. Far too late they discovered that the sparrows were vital to the food chain, and were a necessary ally in dealing with Bugs & Co. The sparrows were not a curse; they were a blessing!

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