by Jeff Strite

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The Seed Of The Kingdom (2 of 2)
Series: Master's Encouragers
Jeff Strite
Matthew 13:31-32

TOP 10 CLASSIFIED ADS - From true classified ads in daily newspapers
10. Wanted. Man to take care of cow that does not smoke or drink.
9. Try us once, you'll never go anywhere again.
8. Dog for sale: eats anything and is fond of children.
7. Illiterate? Write today for free help.
6. Stock up and save. Limit: one.
5. Man wanted to work in dynamite factory. Must be willing to travel.
4. Semi-Annual after Christmas Sale.
3. For sale: antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.
2. We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.
1. Used Cars: Why go elsewhere to be cheated. Come here first

APPLY: Many of those classifieds are funny, because somebody left out, or misspelled, one small word or phrase. Sometimes, it's the things you don't notice - the little things that have greatest value.
In our text today, - Jesus tells a parable using one of the smallest of seeds known to the people in that day: the mustard seed. How many of you have ever seen a mustard seed? It's not much bigger than a speck of dust, and yet Jesus uses this small, seemingly insignificant little seed to tell us something about His kingdom, the Church.

I. Parables were stories that Jesus told where He used common items that people often saw everyday (such as birds, flowers, seeds) to describe spiritual truths and realities they'd never seen or would never see.
No one had ever seen the ''Kingdom of God'' Jesus was describing, SO, He told parables like this to help people visualize what it was going to be like.

But, why use an item like a mustard seed. It was a small, insignificant, relatively unimportant seed. It wasn't highly prized. It was useful for flavoring food, it's leaves were edible, and some believed (if prepared properly) parts of the plant had medicinal properties.

BUT, it was also something of nuisance plant. Jesu ...

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