Mustard Seed – Small Beginning

Matthew 13:31-32 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
31 Another story by way of comparison He set forth before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. 32 Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.
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Mark 4:30-32 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
30 And He said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use to illustrate and explain it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth; 32 Yet after it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all garden herbs and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air are able to make nests and dwell in its shade.
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Luke 13:18-19 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
18 This led Him to say, What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the wild birds found shelter and roosted and nested in its branches.
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Mustard seedMt 13:31-32;Mk 4:30-32; Lk 13:18-19
Mustard seedMt 17:20;Lk 17:1-6
The kingdom at hand
Repent and believe in the gospel!Mk 1:15
Small beginning faith. Zec 4:10
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Mustard seed
Mustard seed

Let your roots grow deep Col 2:6-7
Not by might nor by power, but by His SpiritZec 4:6
Growing, ever growing 2Pe 1:5-9
Becoming a tree
Refined finished faith
He 12:2
More precious than gold
1Pe 1:6-9
Mustard tree
Providing refuge and rest
Mk 4:32
Tree of life
An eternal home.Pro 3:18; Pro 11:30; Jn 17:3
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1 Peter 1:6-9 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 [You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, 7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed. 8 Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. 9 [At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
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What is this “mustard seed”? This small seed of faith?
=>Faith in the gospel!
What is the “finished” result of this ever growing faith?
=>salvation = eternal life = an eternal home = tree of life = mustard tree!

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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 13:32

  • becomes[1096] a tree = to be made, finished
  • *The point of the parable seems to be that while the kingdom of God may appear to have insignificant and unnoticeable beginnings (i.e., in the ministry of Jesus), it will someday (i.e., at the second advent) be great and quite expansive. The kingdom, however, is not to be equated with the church, but rather the church is an expression of the kingdom. Also, there is important OT background in the image of the mustard seed that grew and became a tree: Ezek 17:22-24 pictures the reemergence of the Davidic house where people can find calm and shelter. Like the mustard seed, it would start out small but grow to significant size.

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