The Parable of the Mustard seed: (Mark 4:3-32)
Again, he (Jesus) said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”
In the Knowledge of the Holy by Tozer, he talks about how we can’t comprehend the kingdom of God and everything can only be understood vaguely with “it is like” or parables. It’s interesting how Jesus declares this as He considers what parable to use.
I don’t entirely understand how this represents the kingdom of heaven… I think I might need a parable to unwrap this parable… but one thing that really makes me wonder is the magnificence of a mustard seed, a teeny-tiny mustard seed becomes such a big tree! We understand the science of the cell division and differentiation, but the fact that this little seed soaks up all the nutrients around it in the soil to cause chemical reactions that cause more cells to grow and change into different structures of bark and leaves and a place for animals to rest is amazing. There’s this unity that exists and in presence in nature giving us hints of the unity of God.
Its cool that something so small becomes something so big!