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The Parable of the Mustard Seed (2 of 4)
Series: Parables in Matthew 13
J. Gerald Harris
We are in the midst of studying the seven parables in Matthew 13. Each of the parables pertains to the kingdom of heaven. For example, last week we considered the parable of the wheat and the tares. And in Matthew 13:24 when Jesus told this parable, He said, ''The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field....''
Next week we're going to consider the parable of the leaven in verse 33. And Jesus begins that parable by saying, ''The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven....''
And today we're going to be considering the parable of the mustard seed. And Jesus begins this parable by saying, ''The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed....''
Jesus is telling these parables to try to give all of us a kingdom mentality. We live in a world where trouble and tension are regularly scheduled events, yet God calls us to experience the joy of triumph in the midst of trauma in this present world.
Triumph can only come, however, when we realize that while we live here we don't really belong here. We belong to the world to come. In fact, that world to come has already been planted in our hearts, and we're now citizens of that eternal kingdom. The King himself reigns in our lives.
C. S. Lewis wisely said, ''Aim at heaven and you'll get earth thrown in; aim for earth and you get neither.''
And, you know, I'm afraid that most of us take our privileged place in the kingdom too much for granted. We enjoy the privileges of the kingdom with little sense of gratitude and no thought of our indebtedness to the King.
Paul Harvey tells a great story about the Italian sailing team racing in the America's Cup. The race this particular year was held in Australia. On one of their days off the Italian team decided to rent a Jeep and go into the outback to enjoy the scenery and see if they could get a glimpse of a kangaroo ...
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