America in the Kingdom Parables

C.O. Stadslkev - 1959

The Mustard Seed

Matthew 13:31,32


   In Matthew 13:31,32 we find the following: "Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof "

   From this parable we learn that the kingdom or nation that was to be the beginning of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth was to have a very small and insignificant beginning, but when it was grown it was to be greatest among the nations Herbs or trees in Scripture symbolize nations. (See Ezekiel 17 and Daniel 4.)

   Birds in Scripture symbolize evil and destructive forces. (See Ezekiel 17 and Revelation 18:2.)

   Therefore in looking for the nation that is to be tile restoration of the Kingdom of God on earth we must find a nation that had a small beginning but grew to become among the greatest of nations, having evil and destructive forces in its branches of government. Furthermore, this nation must be in this world for in verse 38 Jesus said, "the field is the world."

 

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