Reflections on Matthew 13.31-33, 44
Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that grows into a great tree where birds make their nests.”
No, it doesn’t!
The mustard seed is small, but the mustard plant is no tree. Rather, it’s a weed. (A shocking comparison to the kingdom of heaven when the well-known and fabled cedars of Lebanon would have been a majestic and, perhaps, readily anticipated and, surely, eagerly accepted image!)
And the mustard seed plant, as a weed:
- Spreads relentlessly,
- Is difficult to uproot, and
- Impossible to eliminate.
This, Jesus teaches us, is the nature of God’s kingdom!
More to come…
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Illustration: The Parable of the Mustard Seed, Jan Luyken (1649-1712)
 Matthew 13.31-32; my revision