Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 13-JUN-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 3 – The sermon discusses some of the messages that can be found in the parable of the mustard seed, the second of two short parables in the reading from Mark. The mustard plant mentioned in the parable would have been the common variety, a rambling bushy-like tree growing to a height of two or three metres, showing bright yellow flowers before it produces seeds. Despite the description in the parable, this type of plant does not have branches for a bird to make a nest; but it does bring to mind a vision in the book of Daniel of a mighty tree that stretches all the way to heaven, and also a vision in the book of Ezekiel of a mighty cedar reaching to heaven, with many birds nesting in it and offering shelter to many people. The parable uses a picture of a common garden plant to describe the reign of God. The brilliance of the yellow flowers can be seen as representing the reign of God in the midst of gloom. Jesus is teaching that the kingdom of God is something that can be cultivated here and now on earth, and that in the right soil it ripens, expands and sprouts over time. In Israel at the time of the parable the mustard plant was an invasive weed – the kingdom of God can grow like a weed, and people who don't want it to grow will try to tear it out. Once the kingdom of God begins to grow, the empires of the world will not be able to stop it.
Mark 4: 26-34

Playing Time   –   16:17