(Mat 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:
(Mat 17:20) And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
(Mar 4:31) It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
(Luk 13:19) It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.
(Luk 17:6) And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Today’s meditative scriptures is on “Mustard Seed Faith”. In Matt 17:20 Jesus tells his disciples that if they had the faith of a grain of mustard seed they could tell a mountain to be though removed and it shall be removed. While customarily when we think of this scripture we think of it in light of the size of faith it takes to move a mountain. We recognize that a grain of mustard seed is very small and while that is a part of what he is sharing we must look at the entire text around this verse to get all he has for us. I don’t even think he wants us to focus on the size so much as he wants us to recognize that like a seed a promise is a deposit. A deposit is a beginning of a process that has to reach a level of maturity. Like a grain of mustard seed we have been given a deposit in our account that will one day mature. But if we are going to have a complete understanding we have to go even deeper we have to read what else Yah says about a grain of mustard seed to then understand what he wants us to understand.
Another understanding of this is that a mustard seed knows what it is and what it is called to do. Do we know who we are and what we are called to do? A large part of the reason we don’t produce as we should is because we don’t have the faith of a mustard seed which knows what it is supposed to produce. How can we produce adequately after our own kind when we are too busy trying to produce after another kind? A pear will never be fruitful at producing an apple tree, but no apple tree can produce a pear tree. From the very beginning the problem with mankind is that we haven’t been satisfied with being who we are or who we were called to be. Part of what made that tree of knowledge appetizing to Eve was that it represented being something other then what she was. The lust for being something “other then” what she was called to be was alluring. This is why scripture says those who compare themselves among themselves are not wise. (2 Cor. 10:12) The gift that is in us God can use to make us rich and add no sorrow with it. (Prov 10:22) If we are unwilling or unable to use that gift that was placed in us then we lack the ability to have that mountain moving faith.
Finally, no mustard seed becomes a tree overnight. Microwave faith produces fast but doesn’t last. Mustard seed faith produces enough so that those who eat of its bounty is able to benefit from day to day. Mustard seed faith means we have to be faithful where we are planted until we reach full maturity, that is come into full bloom. We can’t expect that the gift God has put in us matures the minute we realize it no more then Abraham could expect the promise to come to pass the very moment it was given. It took time and maturity for that seed to come to pass, but in due season it did reap a harvest and we are still reaping from the fruit thereof.