31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
Matthew 13:31-32, NKJV
Parable of the Mustard Seed
In the passages above Jesus told another parable—this one is about a mustard seed. The mustard seed, which is one of the tiniest of all seeds, when planted, grew greater than all of the herbs and became a tree. It was so big that the birds of the air were able to come and nest in its branches.
What was Jesus trying to illustrate in this parable? Do not despise the day of small beginnings. Here we see Jesus speaking to His disciples. His words were new and hard to accept. Why? Jesus was speaking against the established Jewish church of the day.
What could they, just a handful of disciples do in comparison to the Jewish church of the day? Yet, God’s kingdom always grew from small beginnings.
Satan has so poisoned the hearts and minds of people that most turn away from the true teachings of the Word of God. Yet, from Abraham and Sarah, who only had one child, Isaac, God’s church grew. The Jewish people, however, rejected God. In the day of the disciples, the Jewish religious leaders also rejected Christ.
How could Jesus actually expect such a few men to go against the established teaching of the day? Jesus was showing them, that though they had a very small beginning, God would grow His church beginning with His small band of disciples.
The book of Acts verifies that, though the church was small, yet it grew surprisingly fast. In Acts 2, we have the account of Peter preaching to the people.
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." . . . Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (Acts 2:38 & 41, NKJV)
What about God’s church in this, the 21st Century? By the grace of God, His Word has reached almost every country of the world. Indeed that little mustard seed, beginning with the disciples, has grown into a great church, worldwide.
Let us, by God’s grace, remain faithful to Him, reading and studying His Word and speaking to all of those we know about God’s saving grace. Even today, that little mustard seed is still growing.
What an amazing God we serve. In spite of great persecution in many parts of the world, His church is still growing. God guides, protects, and keeps His children. And, when their work for Him is done, He will bring them home to live with Him forever.
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,