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APPLY: Many of those classifieds are funny, because somebody left out, or misspelled, one small word or phrase. Sometimes, itís the things you donít 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? Itís 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 & realities theyíd never seen or would never see.
No one had ever seen the ďKingdom of GodĒ 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 wasnít highly prized. It was useful for flavoring food, itís leaves were edible, and some believed (if prepared properly) parts of the plant had medicinal properties.

BUT, it was also something of nuisance plant. Jesus calls it a tree hereÖ but itís actually more of a shrub. It grew sometimes to a height of 10í to 12í and its stem often could become the thickness of a manís armÖ but it was still a shrub. And it wasnít an overly attractive plant. In fact at times, people regarded it as a bit of a weed. You didnít dare plant it in your garden it would crowd out all the other plants and literally and take over.

(A note to preachers accessing SermonCentral = while searching the Internet for pictures and information on the mustard seed, I found that skeptics felt they had really found a error in Scripture because Jesus had called this mustard plant a "tree." It took me a couple of hours to discover that the mustard shrub - commonly believed to be the Black Mustard plant - sometimes grew to heights of up to 15í. However the only picture I could find to substantiate that fact was in the "Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. II @ 1975. In other words, the mustard plant could tower over people much like a tree would, and would no doubt many Jews of that day may have called it just that - a tree. For Jesus
Mark Mignery of Voice Of The Latter Rain
July 22, 2014
Very Interesting Sermon...I needed this today...