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Title: The Parables of the Mustard Seed


1
Lesson 10 The Parables of the Mustard Seed
Leaven
2
The Parable of the Mustard SeedThe Narrative
Matt. 1331-32 Mk. 430-32 Lk. 1318-19
  • The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
  • The parables of the mustard seed and the leaven
    were told perhaps to encourage the disciples
    about the nature of the kingdoms growth.
  • The mustard seed was proverbial for its smallness
  • Often set out in the open field, as it grows to
    10-15 feet with branches spread out like a tree
  • Used to describe anything that is small in its
    beginning

3
The Parable of the Mustard SeedThe Narrative
Matt. 1331-32 Mk. 430-32 Lk. 1318-19
  • The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
  • The kingdom seemed to have a small and
    insignificant beginning
  • Christ did not have qualities often associated
    with the establishment of a great empire
  • a tender plant, as a root out of dry ground
    (Isa. 532)
  • Reared in a despised town (Matt. 223 John 146)
  • No formal training (John 715)
  • No great wealth (2 Cor. 89 Luke 957)
  • No political fame
  • Rejected by His own people (John 111 75 666)

4
The Parable of the Mustard SeedThe Narrative
Matt. 1331-32 Mk. 430-32 Lk. 1318-19
  • The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
  • The kingdom seemed to have a small and
    insignificant beginning
  • Christ did not have qualities often associated
    establishment of a great empire
  • Christs apostles, mostly, were not men with
    formal training, but were plain, working men
    (Acts 413)
  • Jesus was put to death, which usually signals the
    termination of a kings reign
  • From a human point of view, Christianity had
    little chance of succeeding.

5
The Parable of the Mustard SeedThe Narrative
Matt. 1331-32 Mk. 430-32 Lk. 1318-19
  • The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
  • Christs kingdom was characterized by tremendous
    growth
  • Prophesied in O.T. (Isa. 22-4 119)
  • And the stonebecame a great mountain and filled
    the whole earth (Dan. 235-44).
  • From 120 to 3,000 in one day (Acts 241-47)
  • Soon grew to 5,000 (Acts 44)
  • Continued to multiply (Acts 67 931)
  • Become myriads in just one city (Acts 2120)

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The Parable of the Mustard SeedThe Narrative
Matt. 1331-32 Mk. 430-32 Lk. 1318-19
  • The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard
    seedwhen it is grown becomes a tree, so that
    the birds
  • The growth of the kingdom has proven beneficial
    to the whole world, but especially those who take
    refuge in its branches.
  • The remarkable nature of the growth of the
    kingdom is emphasized in this parablefrom a
    small, insignificant beginning to a large
    outcome.
  • We must not despise that which is small, as being
    inconsequential (cf. Zech. 410).

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The Parable of the LeavenThe Narrative
Matt. 1333 Lk. 1320-21
  • The kingdom of heaven is like leaven
  • Leaven is a small piece of fermented dough used
    to ferment other dough.
  • A small amount of leaven is able to influence the
    larger mass with which it comes in contact.
  • Once inserted into a batch of dough, it continues
    its process of fermentation until the whole batch
    has risen.

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The Parable of the LeavenThe Narrative
Matt. 1333 Lk. 1320-21
  • The kingdom of heaven is like leaven
  • The kingdom of heaven worked in a reserved and
    dignified way.
  • The simple ministry of Jesus was foretold (Isa.
    421-4 cf. Matt. 1218-21).
  • The influential nature of the kingdom is
    emphasized
  • The kingdom was not characterized by force (John
    1836 2 Cor. 104ff).
  • It was not accompanied with pomp (Luke 1720-21
    Matt. 62ff).
  • It was to be salt (Mt. 513) light (Mt.
    514-16 Phil. 215).
  • The power of example is emphasized (Mark 314 1
    Pet. 221 1 Cor. 111 Phil. 317 49 1 Pet.
    53).

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The Parable of the LeavenThe Narrative
Matt. 1333 Lk. 1320-21
  • The kingdom of heaven is like leaven till it
    was all leavened
  • The growth of the kingdom will be pervasive.
  • It will permeate and spread throughout the world
  • Its growth is reserved, dignified and often
    unnoticeable or invisible (like leaven), yet
    real and happening nonetheless.
  • The growth of the kingdom will be complete.
  • No part of the dough/loaf/world will be
    untouched.
  • It reached the whole world in 1st century (Col.
    123).
  • We see the leavening influence of the seed in the
    growth of the church and its influence in society.

10
Parables of the Mustard Seed LeavenLessons
Learned
  • Christianitys powerful influence is evidence of
    its divine origin.
  • Pompous techniques are not essential to the
    gospels success.
  • We must patiently allow the mustard seed to grow
    the leaven to work.
  • Dont lose heart. Dont measure the
    growth/success of the kingdom solely by visible
    standards.
  • Both of these parables demonstrate how the gospel
    works from within.
  • Do your part to plant the seed and to be a
    leavening influence for righteousness.
  • Christianity is contagious.
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