Parable of The Mustard Seed
“Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man planted in his field. Although it is one of the least of all seeds, yet it grows into the largest of herb plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and dwell in its branches.” Matthew 13:31
The Mustard Seed is The Third Kingdom Parable found in Matthew 13
Jesus, Y’shua, interjects this parable, (a physical example revealing a Spiritual reality) right between the parable of The Wheat and The Weeds and it’s explanation.
Unlike the first two parables, there are no more explanations. All we know for sure are the facts disclosing another unseen or spiritual mystery of the Kingdom.
The Kingdom is like…
Our first detail is a tiny mustard seed: Based on the other two explanations we knot the seed represents the The Word, The Message of the Kingdom and The Sons of the Kingdom.
The man sowing the seed: Is the Son of Adam, a phrase referring to Y’shua.
His field: Is the earth.
The Birds of the sky/air dwell in it’s branches: In the previous Parable of the Sower, the birds represent satan snatching away the Truth. These verses referring to birds also confirm this view: Revelation 18:2; Daniel 4:21; Isaiah 13:21.
Interestingly, the birds in this parable find protection, shelter and nourishment from the Mustard tree, similar the birds dwelling in the Cedar, Psalm 104:17.
The same parable of the birds dwelling in the Cedar is found here: Ezekiel 17:23; Ezekiel 31:6.
In the book of Daniel the parable of the great tree is interpreted as representing King Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire, Daniel 4:22. The birds dwelling in it’s branches were neither good nor bad. The point was their habitation, to the end of the known earth, was under his dominion.
It is the Growth of the Mustard Seed that seems to be significant in this parable. This tiny seed grows like a weed, gardeners know not to plant it in their gardens because it cannot be contained and would eventually take over the entire garden.
This extraordinary, inevitable and fruitful growth is what the Kingdom is like.
The birds, in this parable, dwell or nest in its branches.