Date: Tue Jan 28 2003 - 18:32:59 EST
In a message dated 1/28/03 6:09:59 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> I agree. The meaning of the parable is what the focus should be on, not the
> irrevelant question of whether Jesus gave attention to the science of seeds.
> Now in this parable the mustard seed is compared to the kingdom of God. Why
> has Jesus chosen the mustard seed?
> In his analysis of the parable J. D. Crossan quotes Pliny the Elder on
> the mustard plant: it grows wild and it will take over if you don't control
> it. Even the garden variety, if not carefully controlled, will run ragged
> through the garden. I know that from the experience of clearing mustard
> (and thistle) plants out of my Kentucky field; they spring up, as Pliny
> said, rapidly, and will quickly take over a field. So, one could interpret
> Jesus' use of the mustard seed growing into a great bush to mean that the
> Kingdom of God is like that, a reign that takes over, is very hard to
> control, and goes where God wants it to go.
I also agree. I just didn't have at my fingertips the great analysis Bob has
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