You might be wondering why we have chosen the name Mustard Seed. Well, there are a number of reasons, which I will try to explain in the followingsections. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
◾The Mustard Seed is used by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 17 and verse 20 as a picture of the small amount of faith needed to work miracles.
“Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
So we use the Mustard seed in the same way – “Lord, we don’t have much faith, but you said we don’t need very much faith. That’s your word and we know we can trust you”.
◾In the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 13 and verses 31 and 32 Jesus also said:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
So we trust that from our little expression of faith great things will come. We want to be a fellowship where you feel right at home, so if there is anything you feel we could be doing better, don’t be afraid to tell us.
Did you know:
The Mustard Seed is the smallest seed found in the world that would have been known to the people that Jesus was speaking to. There are plants that produce smaller seeds in other parts of the world and some people have suggested that Jesus got it wrong. This misses the point. Jesus was using a word picture that would have meant something to the people he was talking to. I doubt that the parable would have had the same effect if Jesus had to undertake a botanical lesson before he could tell the story.
In every other place in the world apart from on the banks of the Jordan, the mustard plant is really quite small, but in this one place the mustard plant grows up to 4m high. The mustard plant is grown as a harvest plant, but is considered a weed in many parts of the world (including Australia). This is because it puts all its energy into producing more seed and so spreads…..like a weed.
People often wonder if the Bible has been translated properly, but amazingly the botanical name we use for mustard today (Sinapis) is exactly the same word used in the original Greek thousands of years ago.