mustard

mustard

A common plant used for oil, as a condiment, and as a potherb. Although it is hyperbole to say that mustard is “the smallest of seeds . . . the greatest of shrubs” (Matt 13:31; Mark 4:31; Luke 13:19), in both the parable of the mustard seed and the statement about faith (Matt 17:20; Luke 17:6) the mustard seed’s significance lies in its size relative to the mature plant (or to a mountain).

Matt 13:31

The Parable of the Mustard Seed
31He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;

Mark 4:31

31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;

Luke 13:19

19It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”

Matt 17:20

20He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from ... View more

Luke 17:6

6The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey yo ... View more

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