The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and planted in his field. Although it is the smallest of all seeds when it grows it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds come and nest in its branches.
In this parable, Jesus portrays the humble beginnings of the church which might be the smallest of all in its beginning however experiences an explosive rate of growth. It grows larger than any other “garden plant” and becomes a source of food, rest, and shelter, for both believers and false professing individuals that seek to consume or take advantage of its benefits while residing or mixing among what was produced by the seed. The Parable of the Mustard Seed is both a prediction and a warning.