The Parable of the Mustard Seed:

This is one of the shortest parables in the three Gospels. It is about the smallest seed and how when it is planted it grows into a tall tree. Inside of you is a small seed of Christ and when you are planted and nurtured you will grow into a huge tree for Christ.
Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-34; Luke 13:18-19

This is the parable about that the kingdom of heaven is like. Jesus gives the example that the kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed. The mustard seed is the least of all seeds.
When a man took and sowed this seed in his field it grows it is compared with what the Kingdom of Heaven. When the mustard seed grows it is the greatest among the herbs and it becomes a tree.
The tree is so strong that the birds of the air comes along and lodges in the branches.
This is a parable that everyone can hear. Once Jesus was alone with the disciples he expanded on what this means.

What Can This Lesson Teach Us?

What could Jesus have expanded on with the disciples is a question that the theologians, people who study the Bible, have been explaining forever. Some believe it represents the Love of the LORD God. The little seed is so small that if you took it between your fingers you would probably drop it. Yet once that seed is planted, or the love of the LORD is planted it grows huge.
It is true that the love of the LORD does grow within our hearts and is very strong. Others think the mustard seed represents the faith that is placed inside our soul. It begins very tiny and grows enormous. Jesus did tell His disciples that if you have faith as grains of mustard seed you shall move mountains; there is noting that shall be impossible unto you. (Matthew 17:20).
Jesus may have shared that the parable of the Mustard Seed was the planting of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel started out very small but it grew to reach millions throughout the world who could inherit the Kingdom of God. The tree is rooted in Jesus Christ and has grown to reach forever and is the greatest among us all. The tree offers a refuge for all the faithful followers of Jesus to come and rest in Him.
However you choose to take the message from this Parable of The Mustard Seed is really up to you. We know Jesus is speaking of the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which is small and the then the Kingdom of God grows very tall and strong that the birds can lodge in the branches. This is the literal translation. How is Jesus speaking to your heart?

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Holstein, Joanne “The Parable of the Mustard Seed:.” Becker Bible Studies Library Jan 2015.<,>.

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Holstein, Joanne (2015, January) “The Parable of the Mustard Seed:.” Becker Bible Studies Library. Retrieved from,.

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Holstein, Joanne (2015) “The Parable of the Mustard Seed:.” Becker Bible Studies Library (January),, (accessed).

Joanne Holstein is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She is a graduate of Psychology/Christian and Bible Counseling with Liberty University. She is well-known as a counselor to Christian faithful who are struggling with tremendous burden in these difficult times. She is a leading authority on historical development of Christian churches and the practices and beliefs of world religions and cults.

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