Special thanks to John R. Cross, The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus, GoodSeed International. Jesus told many parables about what the kingdom of God is like.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed is contained in all three of the synoptic gospels (Matthew 13:31–32; Mark 4:30–32; Luke 13:18–19). Jodi is part of the Children’s Ministry team at Grace Fellowship Church, outside of Atlanta. You are like one of the buds on the huge plant. If you are a believer, God’s Spirit is in you. Also, in this unit Luke’s mustard seed parable functions as a commentary on a healing that arouses synagogue opposition. Through the years, God promised that He was going to send a man to save them. In a few years’ time, the results might amaze you. Yeast makes bread taste delicious (like the rolls at Ryan’s or O’Charley’s).

Now that is one powerful seed. or in what parable shall we set it forth?

Over the next several weeks, we’ll read the parables and explore the secrets that Jesus wanted us to know. Parables used common, everyday people and situations to teach things that are difficult to understand. The kingdom of God, says our Savior, is like the mustard seed, which “is smallest of all the seeds on earth” (vv.

Say: This promise applies to each person who belongs to the kingdom of God. 31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.

When Jesus taught this parable, God’s kingdom on earth consisted of only a few ragged fishermen.

God’s way was meek. Say: The parable of the mustard seed also describes how God’s kingdom grows in the life of each believer.

He is the planter who came to atone for our sins so that we might become fruitful. Jodi has over 20 years experience teaching children in large and small group settings.

Teacher Note: The original language in Luke 13:19 suggests that this seed is not a deliberate “plant,” but a careless “toss” (ballo).

I love eating bread or rolls with yeast in it. As the disciples traveled and taught, more and more people believed. It has the power to transform a person, just like the seed has the power to produce a huge plant. It only took a teaspoon of yeast to puff up this entire batch of dough. That is when you understood God's grace in all its truth.

Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. The Savior, Jesus, came as a newborn baby. But just like that mustard seed, they were full of hidden power.

They were like that tiny seed. They had God’s Holy Spirit in them. Three measures contained the quantity usually taken for one baking.

This is similar to the mustard seed being planted in the ground.

ὡς κόκκῳ σιν.] Listen to the promise that Paul wrote to encourage his friends: I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. He had a small group of followers at first. Likewise, the Holy Spirit produces good things in each believer. Brought to you by KidzLife, Unless otherwise noted the Scriptures taken from: Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version, (NIrV®). No one can see it from the outside, but it is definitely there. But if you planted the seed, walked away, and then came back in one year, you would see a huge change!

a 31 Another parable set he before them, saying, . But that was not at all what God had planned. That’s twice as tall as a grown man! At first, the believer may not even feel very different, but the Spirit is powerful. Main Point: The Kingdom of God will grow and grow. When Jesus told truth by using a story, they couldn’t really argue with Him.

All rights reserved. Just try to imagine a plant, 12 feet tall and 6 feet wide, all packed into this tiny seed!

She has also spent many years mentoring Middle School and High School girls. It becomes a tree.

That is the same kind of mustard. But for young children who do not yet understand subtraction, she might say, “I had 5 apples on my desk. These air pockets make the bread light and fluffy when you bake it. Show your dough. Just like the mustard plant produces more seeds for planting, the disciples made more disciples. Mark creates a 3 parable unit. [This parable sets forth the smallness of the beginning of the kingdom, and the magnitude of its growth.

Say: Jesus was the greatest teacher ever. Leaven represents the quickness, quietness, thoroughness, and sureness with which gospel truth diffuses itself through human society. Like the mustard plant grows and grows, God’s kingdom will continue to grow until Jesus returns. And on a more personal level, this story explains the kingdom of God within each believer. He quietly stepped onto the scene. Like the plant, the growth is sometimes slow. Additional Teaching for Older Students: Sometimes, the people - especially the Jewish leaders - were stubborn (Matthew 13:15). If you have put your trust in Jesus, all the good things of God’s kingdom are packed inside of you! He had amazing truth that He wanted to tell people. Birds come and rest in its branches." "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast," he said. The seed starts out very small, but it is very powerful. Proud member

But in a few years, if you depend on the Spirit inside you, you will be amazed at how much the kingdom has grown in your life. [Jesus fulfilled this prophecy in a notable manner, being the only teacher in history distinguished in any marked degree by the use of parables.] They expected the Savior to set them free with military force. The growth is slow and steady.

a 31 Another parable set he before them, saying, b 30 And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of God? Comp. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches. It can look more like a tree than a plant. With this parable, Jesus was telling His listeners that their way was not God’s way at all.

The Mustard Seed parable has often been sadly reduced to “From small beginnings come great endings.” Since it is set among the accounts emphasizing abundant harvests, Matthew may have this idea in mind as it pertains to the ultimate triumph of God’s dominion, but such a reading also overlooks the parabolic difficulties it poses.