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Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. 1 Samuel 10:25
Our title is a takeoff from the noted Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We are going to look at the teaching on the mustard seed in the Gospel of Matthew and note some comparisons with the origin of Babylon.
In Matthew 13, the Lord is teaching about the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven in a series of parables. The first one is the famous parable of the sower, found in verses 3 to 23.
Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Now in verse 4 we read this.
Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
And the explanation is given in verse 19, showing that the fowls represent the wicked one. Similar teachings are found in the other gospels. In Mark 4:15 he is identified as Satan and in Luke 8:12 as the Devil.
Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Farther along, we find the parable of the mustard seed.
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:
32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
There are a couple odd features about the Kingdom as Mustard Tree parable. One is that mustard grows along the ground. Here is some info about mustard I found on the internet.
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