August 8, 2018
Mark 4:30-32… And He said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.
Jesus notes that this is what the kingdom of God is like. It begins like a mustard seed… small and unassuming. I have not compared the size of a mustard seed with other seeds but I assume it is quite small. This parable compares to a prophecy in Daniel. The king of Babylon had a dream/vision and Daniel interpreted it for him.
Daniel 2:45… Just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold.
Verse 44… And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all the kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever.
You might be asking, ”Why did Jim put verse 45 ahead of verse 44?” I started with verse 45 because it was like the parable in Mark, but then I realized that verse 44 gave clarity to the prophecy so I added it next. There is no theological or spiritual reason. The dream that the king had showed a great image… statue of sorts, that was made up of all the stuff mentioned… clay, bronze, iron, silver and gold. Those things, by interpretation of Daniel, represented kings and worldly kingdoms. Then, a stone was formed without hands on a mountain and rolled into the image, destroying it. The stone then grew and filled the whole earth.
Jesus was the stone, formed without hands that destroyed the kingdoms of this world and grew to fill the earth. He came as a baby, tiny and, in the minds of people, too small. But He was buried as was the mustard seed when He died, and from that beginning, Christianity has grown and filled the earth.