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Matthew
  
c) The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Parable of the Leaven
(Matthew 13:31-35)
31Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,32which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” (Ezekiel17:23, Mark4:30-38, Luke13:18-19)


A matchstick is small, yet it can burn much. Thus is the Word of God. It is like a small spark that can create a fire that covers the whole earth. Christ guides us to the power of the Word of God that works with deliberation and confidence. He who would testify Christ’s name and salvation should be deliberate, for the word of the cross is full of the power that is able to recreate anew. Though the books that fill the world, with their different doctrines and thoughts, glorify the ability of man and neglect the cross and what it means, no book in the world is as widespread as the gospel, for millions of men take comfort, power and eternal life out of it every day.
Christ likens himself to the despised mustard seed, which grew and became a great tree, stretched out to every part of the world, giving ripe fruit to the peoples. Christ’s indirect influence on the worldly cultures through Christian thoughts is more effective than we know. The birds on the branches are not a part of the tree. They land on the tree, taking simple leaves with their beaks without getting to the power. Thus are those that profit from Christ but do not continue in Him. Yet whoever believes in Him and penetrates into His word, shall experience peace, joy, and goodness in His heart.