Wednesday, 15 June 2011

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

If you Google "parable of the mustard seed" I guarantee you that most of the articles you will find on this subject will tell you that the mustard seed is the kingdom of God and that it is good. I've always looked at this parable (as well as the one about the woman hiding leaven in the fellowship offering--3 measures of meal) as something not quite right in the kingdom of God.

Arthur Pink's interpretation makes a whole lot of sense to me:


link to this article on the parable of the mustard seed

Link to the entire book on Arthur Pinks Exposition of Jesus's Kingdom Parables


  1. Hi Susan, I like Arthur Pink's explanations, I think this one's especially sound.

  2. Hi Musemater,

    I agree, it's expositing scripture with scripture.

    Most pastors also make the leaven hidden in 3 measures of meal to be a good thing, but all through scripture leaven is symbolic of sin, and 3 measures of meal was the OT fellowship offering...a woman hiding sin in the fellowship offering? Good? I don't think so.

    But it proves that it is God's goodness, not ours, which we need to shine before the world. If we try to make it about our goodness, it is a false front, a facade, and a fraud, and the wrong focus.


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