The Parable of The Mustard Seed

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Storms

In Palestine, a grain of mustard seed was a symbol for the smallest possible thing. (vv. 30-32) Actually it was not the smallest seed known. Palestinian mustard seed is about the size of our petunia seed. However, this tiny seed when it is planted in the ground becomes a tree that has been known to reach over twelve feet in height. Things that seem very small and insignificant, to us at the moment, have the potential of becoming large. This is true of both good and evil. Jesus used many stories like this to help them understand his teaching (v. 33). In fact He didn’t tell them anything without using stories (v. 34).

After teaching the large crowd Jesus was exhausted and got into a boat where He stretched out and was soon asleep (vv 35-41). A great storm came up and the boat was filling with water, but Jesus continued to sleep. The disciples had to awaken Him and as soon as He saw the problem He quieted the storm. This life is full of the storms of sorrow, problems and anxiety but Jesus understands and wants to replace our fear when we place our faith in Him and realize He is in the storm with us.

Application

The question is - How do I respond to the storms of life?

    ___ I can handle this.
    ___ Why did this happen to me?
    ___ Blame others.
    ___ Turn to the Lord for help.

Mark 4:30-41 (English Standard Version)


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