Many of the parables begin with the words: “The Kingdom of God is like…..”. Let us look at this phrase. The reign of God in the Parables is the CHURCH, the people of God. I say this because the kingdom of God has bad wheat and good wheat. It has good fish and bad fish. We are not talking about the afterlife. We are talking about now!
The story is here that the Church is in trouble. Someone has planted bad things. What should we do about it?
The answer is that it is not our business. The harvest is the Lord’s. He will deal with it at harvest time. Keep sowing the seed.
The Mustard Seed
• A few thoughts on the mustard seed. It is the yellow one in the canary seed packet. It is very small, but it is not the smallest. The seed for the Sequoia, for example, is smaller. In Jewish Law it was the example of smallness when considering ritual impurity from bleeding. If you cut yourself shaving for example, the cut had to be larger than a mustard seed to be ritually unclean. This gives rise to modern English Law that “the Law doesn’t matter about little things”.
The Parable simply means that great things have small beginnings and will meet opposition.
“Listen anyone who has ears”.