April 8, 2016
Matt. 13:31, 17:20
Luke 13:19, 17:6
Mustard Seed Observations
“Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.””
Matthew 13:31-32 NLT
1. The life is in a mustard seed, but it doesn’t become “fruitful” until it falls to the ground and dies.
“Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.””
Mark 4:30-32 NLT
2. If you want the intense flavor of mustard, you have to first crush the seed.
“Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.””
Luke 13:18-19 NLT
3. There has to be a seed, before there can be a plant.
““You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. ””
Matthew 17:20 NLT
4. The faith of a mustard seed is allowing the Life inside it to become a mustard plant.
“The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!”
Luke 17:6 NLT
5. The “faith of a mustard seed” has nothing to do with size. It has to do with purpose.
6. You can’t be a mustard plant, unless you have been given the seed.
Conclusion: No mountain of obstacles to your life, or deep rooted tree of habit or sin can remain if you allow the God who gives you the second life to have control of the first.