Q. I would like to know how you got the following interpretation of the parable of the mustard seed:
“The parable of the Mustard Seed tells of a small seed that grows into something it was never intended to be and is a prophecy of what can happen when the world and the church are mingled.”
A. The parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32) is part of the Lord’s teaching on the Kingdom Parables (Matthew 13:1-52), having to do with phase one of the Kingdom, known as the Church. (Phase two is the Millennium.)
Though a mustard seed should grow into a garden plant, this one grew into a tree so big that “the birds of the air” were comfortable nesting there.
From the interpretation of of the first parable in the series, we know that when Jesus spoke of the birds of the air, he was talking about Satan and his minions (Compare Matthew 13:4 and Matthew 13:19). It’s a prophecy of evil in the church that’s repeated in the parable of the yeast that follows it.
As He was leaving Earth Jesus told His disciples to go into all the world (Matthew 28:19), but in the 4th Century when the Roman Empire officially recognized Christianity the world came into the Church and it soon became a huge and powerful bureaucracy responsible for all kinds of evil in the world.
Some say that more blood has been shed in the name of the cross than for any other reason, and that’s especially true where it concerns Israel.
The most important holy days in Christianity have their origins in pagan revelry of the sort that’s absolutely repulsive to God.
Throughout history, elements of the church have oppressed and enslaved the populace and have probably driven more people away from a saving faith in the Lord than all our best efforts have ever brought in. The Lord’s prophecy of the mustard seed came true.