Monday, July 28, 2014
Monday Morning Devo--The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like... (Part 2)
Another 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, which 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.” (Matthew 13:31-32)
Where I grew up in Idaho, the plants we called mustard were definitely not something a bird could build a nest in. Spindly, clover-like--really looked more like yellow alfalfa, maybe slightly over a foot tall. Now, here in north central California, we have lots bigger mustard. Not big enough for eagle nests, but a bunch of hummingbirds could make their little homes in them. They grow at the edge of our roads, and they can easily reach six feet tall.
In first-century Israel, the mustard seed was the smallest seed a farmer would sow. It would grow to about ten feet tall, the stems woody, and the branches stronger than the ones I've been familiar with.
The point is, I think, there is room for you in the Kingdom of Heaven. It grows big enough to meet the need.
Lord, thank You for making the Kingdom of Heaven big enough for all of us who want to make our nest where You are. Amen