The disciples said to Jesus,
"Tell us what the kingdom of heaven is like."
He said to them, "It is like a mustard seed.
It is the smallest of all seeds.

But when it falls on tilled soil,

it produces a great plant and

becomes a shelter for birds of the sky."

Mark 4:31-32

“It is like a mustard seed; when sown in the ground it is smaller than any other seed, but

once sown, it springs up and grows taller than

any other plant, and forms branches so large

that birds can roost in its shade.”



Matthew 13:31-32

“The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. Mustard is smaller than any other seed, but when it has grown it is taller than other plants; it becomes a tree, big enough for the birds to come and roost among its branches.”


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Luke 13:18-19

 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 of the air perched in its branches.”


Chadogya Upanishad 800 B.C.
"There is a spirit that is mind and life, light, and truth and vast spaces. He enfolds the whole universe and in silence is loving all.  This is the spirit that is in my heart, smaller than a grain of
mustard seed, greater that the earth, greater than the heavens."

The Jesus Seminar's book, The Five Gospels

by Robert W. Funk, et al, has the following interpretation of Saying (20):
"The birds stand for those irritating

'toll collectors and sinners'
(the followers of Jesus)

who are attracted to a noxious plant
(God's domain),

and God's empire thus sprouts up

in Israel’s ordered field

as an unwanted intrusion."


Like a raging fire started with just a spark,

the Kingdom grows from something very small

into something "greater than the heavens".

In his popular book, Richard Carlson, PHD tells us

"Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff",

but sometimes the smallest details do matter. There is another book title by Bruce & Stan

which reads,

"God Is In The Small Stuff

And It All Matters”!