Summary: Oh the power of the little seed which became the greatest plant...but then comes the aberration into a tree for the devil’s dirty birds! Link included to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint Template.
Parable of the Mustard Seed
Apostate churches are made up of people who have turned away from the fundamentals of the faith. Constant diligence must be given to keep the church true to the Bible and its teachings.
Just as God’s Word predicts, people in these last days turn away their ears from the truth, and are turned to fables. Did you know that whatever you want to believe, there’s a group in town who will accommodate you?
If you want to deny there is a hell, there is a church in town for you. Deny the Trinity? There’s a local group who mock our ‘3 headed God’. Believe baptism saves, and infants even? You have several local choices.
Some veer so far away from Scripture that they now are rewriting it to help accommodate their beliefs.
A new English translation recently published eliminates references to God the Father, calls the Son of Man ‘the human one’, and removes accusations that Christ was killed by the Jews. It says children should heed their parents, not obey them. Wives are no longer subject to their husbands, but committed to them. Darkness is no longer equated with evil because of racist overtones, and the Lord’s Prayer now begins: ‘Our Father-Mother in heaven…’ It reduces the number of times God is referred to as ‘Lord’, because lords as a ruling group are passé. The editor of this version said, “The Lord doesn’t cut it these days, because we don’t have lords.” Is that blatant heresy or what?
This is the general direction of the church at large today, and the question must be raised, “Where will it end? What is the future of organized religion?” The answer can be found in tonite’s parable.
The elements: the seed, the tree, and the birds.
1. The Seed*
v. 31 In eastern culture the mustard seed symbolizes something small and insignificant. Jewish rabbis in those days used a figure of speech when referring to something tiny, “it’s as small as a mustard seed.” And let’s not forget what Jesus said in describing faith…
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
It’s not the size of your faith that matters as much as the OBJECT of your faith, which should be Christ.
When you look at the Christian belief in ‘seed form’ and compare this to the logic and philosophy of mankind, it seems to be small and insignificant. At the university level the Bible is made fun of as compared to ‘conventional wisdom.’ They will tell you that the belief that God literally created the universe and all that is is a belief for the simple and uneducated, whose brains can only handle a small seed of a thought. Meanwhile, they say, evolution is for thinking people who have outgrown that simple idea. They’ll tell you there’s no absolutes, that all is relative to the situation.
Ted Turner said Christianity is a crutch for losers and bozos. He later apologized under public pressure, but make no mistake about how he truly believes, and he speaks for many today.
From that viewpoint, Christianity truly is like a little mustard seed! And I’m ok with that, because my Bible says I cannot even enter the kingdom of heaven until I trust in Christ in ‘childlike’ faith. And ‘little is much when God is in it!’
Though the seed is small, it is not insignificant, for in that little seed is great power and everlasting life!
Ill.—a young teenager was walking to church in a blinding snowstorm. He was unable to get to his church, so he turned in to a little Methodist chapel. The storm was so severe that the preacher couldn’t make it in that night, so a layman stood up to throw something together for a tiny group gathered. He spoke on just one verse from Isaiah, “look unto me and be saved, all ends of the earth.” And from that one little mustard seed on a most unlikely occasion, faith was planted in the heart of that teen boy for the first time…His name was Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who later shook England for God, won thousands to Christ, and built a 5,000 seat auditorium in his 20s, and yet it was never big enough to accommodate the crowds!
A whole lot can come from just a little mustard seed!
Think of the humble beginnings of Christianity as a whole:
Where did it all start? With a little baby in a manger…just a little mustard seed!
He grew up and trained just 12 men, unlearned, who turned the world upside down!
We plant little seeds in the hearts of our kids by letting them know when they sin, that God is not happy with them. We believe those little seeds will eventually lead them to the knowledge of sin and the Savior, and salvation!