The Lord describes the Kingdom of God on the Earth, within the Parable of a Mustard Seed, for those who were able to hear it. When you consider Moses, and you choose to exodus your heart and mind, and come unto the heart and mind of the Lord on Mount Sinai, you will be able to receive this parable. Otherwise, it will be as a talent buried, awaiting it’s confiscation at judgement.
The Parable: The strategy for making sense of a parable is the same as understanding and interpreting dreams.
- Read the story for context.
- Identify the different characters and objects of the story.
- Consider the roles each play.
- Connect the parable or dream with the doctrines (This is why most don’t understand parables or dreams, because they fail to be familiar with the doctrines)
Using these steps for interpreting a parable, let’s take a closer look at the Parable of a Mustard Seed:
“30. And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
31. It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
32. But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
33. And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.”
Now that you read the story for context, and I have highlighted some of the key players in the parable, we can list the parts, and describe their roles.
- The Kingdom of God- this is not part of the parable, but the subject being taught in the parable, so as you read it, you must keep in mind the Kingdom of God being described.
- Grain of Mustard seed- the seed is tiny, even comparable to a grain of sand.
- Sown in the Earth- this identifies the condition we find ourselves, in the earth. This is were the seed must be sown, not after we die, or some later time. It is now. In addition, this is only the planting (sowing) of the seed. It’s not the end result, or the fruit.
- Less than all the seeds in the Earth- this shows that in its seed form, it looks insignificant, especially relative to the things of the Earth.
- Grows greater than all the herbs, shooting forth great branches- this fast forwards time, to when the seed has grown into a tree, larger than all the herbs, with great branches
- The fowls of the air lodge- this is the final ingredient that makes the Kingdom a reality, the birds lodge in the tree
The next step is where the magic happens, and the secrets of the heavens are being revealed. This is where we get out of our own head, and try to get into the mind and will of God, the giver, or author, of the parable. Rather than go through each point, I’ll share my interpretation of the parable.
The seed is the smallest and most insignificant seed, pointing to the fact that the Lord works with the meek and lowly in heart, the children, the soft hearted, and the least among you. The Lord know’s who you are, like he knows the majesty of the mustard seed, even in it’s infancy. This is the set-up and the preparation phase.
The process of the seed becoming a tree, is were the nourishing is required, where the conflict occurs, to promote growth. It is here where growth requires the exercise and accumulation of faith. And the end of that growth process is a majestic tree. This is the result after the successful journey through the conflict phase.
Once the tree has reached full growth, the fruits are produced, and that is why the birds come. They come to partake of the fruits. But, these are not birds. These are angels. And the fruit of the tree that the angels partake of is you.
Speaking to this process of the Parable of the Mustard Seed, Moroni wrote:
“29. And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels [fowls of the air…] ceased to minister unto the children of men.
30. For behold, they are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness.
31. And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him. [Testifying of Christ’s presence to them in the flesh- a real testimony]
32. And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.“
Conclusion: Moroni later asked if miracles have ceased, or if Angels have ceased to appear? He answered his own question, saying, no, they have not ceased. But, if they have, it is because of your unbelief and the absence of faith.
Angels are supposed to appear unto men. In our lack of faith and unbelief, miracles and angels have become reduced to serendipity. And we have justified our condition, lessening the need to become personal witnesses of Christ. The Parable of the Mustard Seed, in this condition, is lost on us. In this condition, we have ears that will not hear, and eyes that cannot see.
This need not be so, with US! We can sow the mustard seed, grow it into a tree that fruits, and attract the fowls of the air (Angelic Ministers). As we study the words of Christ, these parables will not fall on us unheard and unseen. We will develop the skill to interpret our own dreams, through the mind and heart of God, as did Daniel of old. It is our right, but work is required.