Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
In these Kingdom parables, Jesus chooses possibly the smallest thing known to mankind at the time-- the mustard seed--to show that although his ministry may have small beginnings, it will grow into something glorious and majestic. He reminds his listeners of a passage in Ezekiel 17.22-24 where God's Kingdom is compared to a large tree with birds flocking to live in it.
When Jesus uses the example of the yeast, it's the same message! The ultimate result is out of all proportion to insignificant beginnings.
That's how the Kingdom of God always works. Be assured that God is operating even if it seems small and inconsequential to you. An important Kingdom principle is that God takes seemingly insignificant starts and grows something spectacular. We are often more interested in spectacular starts but God is more glorified by solid finishes.
This isn't the only time Jesus mentions mustard seed--he uses it again in the context of having a mustard seed amount of faith which can move mountains! Jesus is explaining that it's not the AMOUNT of faith we display but WHO we put our faith in. Much faith channeled in the wrong direction is useless. Faith that a bus is coming along is useless if you are standing at the wrong bus stop.
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