Mark 4:31-32 - Mustard Seeds.
Mark 4:31-32: Mustard Seeds.
Mark 4:31-32 (KJV) It is like a grain of mustard seed, which,
when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in
the earth: 32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh
greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the
fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
Mark 4:31-32 (paraphrase) [The kingdom of God] is like a mustard
seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when
planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such
big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.
When we were in Israel, one day we took a drive beyond the
city of Jerusalem. Three miles later, down the back side of the Mount
of Olives, we entered Bethany - a little whitewashed village that
hadn't changed since the days of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. While I
waited in the van, my friend Bunny spied an old, bearded Arab sitting
at a table. "I'm going to go see what he's selling," she exclaimed.
Moments later she returned holding out her hand to show me pea-sized
brown dried seeds. "Would you look at these?! They're mustard seeds!
If we have faith the size of one of these..." she said, picking one
up, "we can move mountains."
"But they look kind of big," I frowned. "I thought the
mustard seed was the smallest of all seeds." Bunny told me she said the
same thing to the Arab vendor. "Let me show you what he did," she
said. She then cracked one of the seeds open and gently spread its
contents across her palm. Bunny cupped her hands so the breeze would not
disturb the infinitesimally tiny black specks...mustard seeds. The
pea-sized pod contained thousands of breathlessly small seeds. Bunny
dusted off her hand and sealed the package of pods. "And we're going to
scatter these wherever we pray on this trip!"
SHORT, FAINT PRAYERS... SMALL ACTS OF OBEDIENCE... LITTLE
EXPRESSIONS OF KINDNESS AND ENCOURAGEMENT... ALL OF THESE ARE LIKE MUSTARD
SEEDS. WHEN INSPIRED AND EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT, HAVE GREAT IMPACT IN
THE KINGDOM OF GOD. TODAY, PLAN TO "SCATTER MUSTARD SEEDS" OF
ENCOURAGEMENT, PRAYER, KINDNESS AND OBEDIENCE, KNOWING THAT GOD WILL PLANT EACH
SEED... RESULTING IN GREAT GLORY TO HIS NAME.
Though my faith be as small as a mustard seed, I praise You,
dear Lord, for 'growing' Your kingdom through my life, witness,
prayers, and ministry today. [Joni Eareckson Tada Daily Devotional:
MUSTARD SEED TESTIMONY
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVa7UoruIo [old, but one of the best]
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Last Day Prophecy: His Other Sheep by Pastor Gerald Babanezhad: