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The Parable of the Mustard Seed

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Neem Pillai

on 27 August 2013

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Transcript of The Parable of the Mustard Seed

The Parable of the Mustard Seed
'Every happening great and small is a parable whereby God speaks to us and the art of life is to get the message'
What is a Parable
'A Parable is a short simple story designed to communicate a spiritual truth, religious principle, or moral lesson; a figure of speech in which truth is illustrated by a comparison or example drawn from everyday experiences.'
The Mustard Seed
The Key Features
The Message or Moral
How the message is conveyed
The Social Aspects
'The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.'
(Matthew 13: 31-32)

It is one of the shortest of the 30 parables spoken by Jesus
This parable is found in Mathew13:31-32,Mark4:30-32, Luke13:18-19 of The Holy Bible NRSV
According to the people of the first century Palestine, 'The Kingdom of God' refers to God as King over the universe ruling an everlasting kingdom.
This Parable is widely thought to have been told by Jesus in response to unbelieving Jews who failed to see how the preaching and healing ministry of Jesus represented the mighty kingdom Israel had been expecting.
Life is realised in the smallest of beginnings. Just as a tree can emerge from the germination of a tiny mustard seed, God's power and love can be realised through the faith spread by one man. This means that you and I are part of God's Kingdom. And each time we tell someone about Jesus we are helping to grow the Kingdom.
There are three central figures in this parable: the mustard seed, the great tree which sprang from it and the 'birds of the air' which came and lodged in its branches. The tree emerging from the tiny mustard seed represents the growth of the kingdom. The mustard tree provides a lodging place to the birds of the air. Similarly, the kingdom of God continues to grow and offer shelter to those who seek it. This emphasizes the universal reach of God's empire.
(Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
The Daily Life of the Jews
Jesus spent most part of his life in and around the farming village of Nazareth; populated mostly by Jews. The common language spoken in the Roman Empire during this time was Greek. However the Jew's also used Hebrew, Aramaic and Latin.In the Jewish vliiage, the synagogue was a common meeting place. The woman's daily job was to prepare food for the family and men worked as shepherds. The Jewish peolpe wore an undergarment called a 'tunic' and an outer garment called a 'mantle'. Men wore a 4" leather belt or cloth around it. They also wore sandles and a white cloth over their head.
The relationship between Romans and Jews
Religious Leaders
Jesus lived in Jewish Plalestine in the first century AD. At that time Palestine was part of the Roman Empire and the Jewish self government reported to the local Roman government under King Herod who in turn reported to Emperor Caesar of Rome. The Jews had lots of distrust and hatred towards the Roman Empire because of their political and religious differences. For example the Jewish believed in one God who was invisible and could not be portrayed. In contrast the Romans believed in many Gods who could be represented by images or idols.
in the first century Palestine there was no seperation between the church and state. So the priests at the temples of Jerusalem became rulers and judges who influenced Jewish life and religion this lead to formation of three major religious groups: The Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Essenes.
The Pharisees were the most important, powerful and popular group of religious leaders. They advocated and adhered to strict observance of rituals based on the Hebrew scriptures and traditions.
The Sadducees were a smaller elite group who were a longtime political rival of the Pharisees. They were closely associated with the temple and the ruling council of the Jews.
The Essenes were a simple religious community who lived away from the towns. They practiced non violence to all living creatures and they also believed in reincarnation. They were not involved in the politics of the Pharasees and the Sadducees.
The social structures
The society in the time of Jesus was structured into four major divisions:
Peasant Society:
They were the Roman lower class made up of majority of the Roman citizens. They held all rights of Roman citizens. This class included the poor, artisans and anyone who did not own any land.
This class constituted of the wealthy people of this society. They were involved in business activities. Sometimes members of this class could also be elected to the Senate.
This ruling class comprised of members of the Roman Senate and their families.
This was the highest class in the Roman Empire. The group included men and their families who had more power then anyone, other then the Emperor. They were well educated and held a great deal of political and military power.
The Geographical Aspects
The main geographical features
The Coastal Plain
The Central Highlands
The Jordan Rift
The Transjordanian Highlands
The Jordan River
The Sea of Galilee
The Dead Sea
The Mediterranean Sea
Eastwards is the Mediterranean Sea, and the shore of the Coastal Plain. Further east, the ground rises into a mountainous region called the Central Highlands. Still further east, the land drops sharply into a deep valley (the Jordan Rift) at the bottom of which runs the Jordan River. The Sea of Galilee is near the northern end of the valley and The Dead Sea is at its southern end. Continuing Eastward the land rises on the eastern side of Jordan into the Transjordanian Highland.
The major cities identified were
Hazer (lies to the north of the Sea of Galilee
Qumran (near Dead Sea)
Most of the important landmarks are located in Jerusalem eg: Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Church of Nativity and many others.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre:
Symbolically on of the most important churches located in the place where Jesus was crucified and buried.
Oak of Mamre:
A natural landmark in Hebron. It is a very old oak tree about 5000 years old. According to legend Abraham has seen this tree.
Hezekiah's Tunnel:
This was a water supply tunnel for Jerusalem.
Caves of Qumran:
It is a series of natural and artificial caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.
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The Church of Christ,
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Jesus Central,
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Bible Study,
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A Portrait of Jesus,
{2010}, viewed August 24 2013

Wonder Mondo,
{2012}, Viewed August 25 2013
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