Luke 13:18-21


“Then Jesus asked, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.’ Again he asked, ‘What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.’” Luke 13:18-21

It is interesting that the Kingdom of God is compared to something as small as mustard seeds and yeast. Both are very insignificant at first glance. But in spite of their humble beginnings, they are very significant. Both can multiply in size and purpose.

The Kingdom of God was expected by first century Jews to be coming in the glory of the reign of David. The Pharisees and teachers of the law thought it would dominate the world and release them from foreign rule. It was believed it would come as a shout and take over the nations.

But Jesus was telling them that it would come in with a whisper and grow in size. Jesus did not break into history to bring an earthly Kingdom but a heavenly one. It would begin small and look unimpressive, but it would grow to a remarkable size.

How large is the Kingdom of God? No one knows. It will not become evident until time has ended and eternity has begun.

Two tiny pictures of how something so small can make such a huge difference.

We know this: It is not fragile. It is not breakable. It is immense. It is as solid as a great tree. It is as determined as a handful of yeast to infiltrate a basket of ground wheat. The Kingdom of God is built on the Rock, Christ Jesus. It will not fail.

How large is the Kingdom of God?

We have no idea.

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