My Hi-lite: The Mysteries of the Kingdom: the Period between the King's two advents, continued
mustard seed (see also Mark 4:30-32)
Matthew 13:31 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:
32 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.
Jesus Christ will now "put forth" (paratithemi) two more parables (another* parable) concerning the kingdom of heaven (i.e. the plan thereof) before He sends away the multitudes unto whom He is speaking! Let's dig up the Greek word translated "put forth" and understand what precious truths (food) these parables are that He entrusts to His disciples.
* Note: See the structure on page 1336 in The Companion Bible regarding the three "another parables".put forth, paratithemi, par-at-ith'-ay-mee, Greek 3908; from Greek 3844 (para) and Greek 5087 (tithemi); to place alongside, i.e. present (food, truth); by implication to deposit (as a trust or for protection) :- allege, commend, commit (the keeping of), put forth, set before.
These next two parables give us additional insight into how the kingdom of heaven works and what to expect.
Never underestimate the potential of a "seed" you plant. Even a tiny mustard seed, which is the smallest of the herb seeds, can germinate and grow as great as a tree in stature! However, you had better expect the "dirty birds" of prey, Satan's own, to come roost in the branches thereof for they always seek to lodge in the highest branches. Take that old te'ashshur (box-cedar) in Ezekiel 31:3 who became exalted above all the trees of the field. You'll find those same dirty birds nesting in his boughs. 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:
So take heed to those things which start out small, for even a small ministry, a single individual who plants a tiny seed of His Word, can become as a tree in God's sight, i.e. one who bears good fruit. BUT beware of the "birds" Satan will send to come and try to roost in the branches.Ezekiel 31:5
Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.
 All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.
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.
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