The Parable of the Mustard Seed Part 3

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew chapter 13, verses 31-32)

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Seeds are a common theme in Jesus’ teaching. There are several parables about them. There’s another side to it as well. (more…)


The Parable of the Mustard Seed Part 2

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew chapter 13, verses 31-32)

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The bit that strikes me with the parable is the idea of birds coming and finding shelter in the branches. The Kingdom of God is something that grows as we sow it and birds come and find shelter there. (more…)


The Parable of the Mustard Seed Part 1

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew chapter 13, verses 31-32)

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This story appears in a sequence of stories that are all about the Kingdom of God. The person who wrote the gospel collected these stories together and they are all interlinked. In order they are the Parable of the Sower, the Parable of Wheat and the Weeds, the Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Parable of the Yeast.

The first three parables are all about seeds and sowing them and the results of sowing those seeds. (more…)