The Mustard Seed: The little seed with a big reputation


“The Kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of  mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:  which indeed is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”—–Matthew 13:31-32

Who hasn’t seen a mustard seed presented at some point in a Sunday School lesson?  Truly, it is a remarkable concept that something so tiny has the potential to become something so large.  There are many applications in life to this parable.  I like to think about the story of David and Goliath even.  I get a swelling in my breast whenever I think about David’s faith that must have started as small as a grain of mustard seed but oh how it grew!

I also like to think about the humble beginnings of the life of Christ as he was born in a stable.  The influence of his life and teachings has affected the entire world over many centuries.  I could go on and on with a multitude of applications to the above parable.  However, I would like it if you would just pause a moment and think how this could relate to you personally as a covenant son or daughter.

fyi:  The name “mustard”, as well as the use of mustard as a condiment, came from the Romans, who added “must” (freshly pressed grape juice) to the spicy-hot powder from the ground-up seeds.

Source:  The New Era, February 2013


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