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The Meaning of The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Jesus said that God’s kingdom is like a little mustard seed. When this small seed is planted it grows into a huge plant, many times the size of the tiny seed. Though it is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree.

This parable is a great one for children. Gently remind people that they were little seeds once, themselves. Remind them to be patient with the children. Encourage them to guide and nurture them and not just judge them. 

This parable can be found in Matthew 13:31-32 and Luke 13:18-19.

“What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?  It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.  (Luke 13:18-19) What Does the Mustard Seed Symbolize? I have heard people get hung up on the fact that Jesus says the growing seed is the smallest of all seeds.” John Calvin noted, “The Lord opens his reign with a feeble and despicable commencement, for the express purpose, that his power may be more fully illustrated by its unexpected progress.”

This messianic prophecy foretells the growth of Christ’s kingdom from very small beginnings to a sizable, sheltering place. Some have wondered why, in the Parable of the Mustard Seed, Jesus calls the mustard seed the “smallest” of seeds and the mature mustard plant the “largest” of plants in the garden, when there were smaller seeds and larger plants.

The significant lesson that Jesus draws from the mustard plant is the fact that a huge, significant plant can come from humble beginnings like a little seed. This parable is a lesson to us that huge things can happen as the result of a very small thing. There were only a very few believers in the beginning but the number of people who followed Jesus grew and grew. That is only because those first few told a few.

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