There is a problem with the parable of the mustard seed. Matthew 13:31-32
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
The problem: The mustard seed is not the smallest of all seeds.
The issue at hand: The smallest of all seeds is the coral root orchid seed. It is so small, you could barely see it without significant visual aids, non of which existed at the time said scripture was written. The smallest visually observable seed one might come across is the Wolffia, just slightly smaller than a single grain of salt.
Secondary problems of the smaller seeds: Folks dont plant wolffia, being its fruit is hardly larger than the seed itself… Likewise, folks dont plant orchid seeds, and even if they did, they wouldnt grow without a symbiotic partner.
So whats the deal? Jesus couldn’t very well jump into a botanical discussion of plants which could not be seen, or talk about tropical rain forests, or talk of a foreign land called Australia. Rather, he spoke the language of the people, within the context of what they could understand.
The Bottom line: The wonders of scripture and the mysterys of such are huge… when we try to force scripture into a domain and or context for which it was never intended, we can end up running in circles… and totally miss the point.
Jesus answers the disciples questions as to why the parables in Matthew 13:11-15… its a similar deal here.
11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them