Jesus' point is that Kingdom of God is a historical process ... which no one will be able to deny.
> "This mission of the Paraclete, like that of Jesus Himself, is two-
> sided; for to the world which has rejected Christ it brings
> judgement... This cannot take place until Jesus has been exalted
> (17:7)." Dictionary of the Bible...
> But we will overcome those against us, even if it is the entire SY
> organization itself. The Last Judgment CANNOT take place until Jesus > has been exalted. The Paraclete has done just that for more than
> three decades. We must sustain Her work without any fear and
> make sure the rest of humanity realizes it is the promised Blossom
> Time. There is no question that the Paraclete and Lord Jesus will
Jesus' point is that Kingdom of God is a historical process that has begun inconspicuously in his appearance and work but will grow towards a conspicuous result, which no one will be able to deny.
A large part of the content of Jesus' teaching relating to the Kingdom of God that has been preserved is in the form of parables, which are metaphors or similes used as means of describing the nature of the Kingdom of God....
30 And he said, "With what can we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."
31 Another parable he put before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain mustard seed which man took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest all seeds but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that birds air come make nests its branches.
18 He said therefore, "What is the Kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches."
There are two different versions of the Parable of the Mustard Seed, a Markan and non-Markan represented by Luke. (The parable is found also in Gospel of Thomas 20.) The differences between them, however, are negligible with respect to the meaning of the parable. Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed, or, more accurately, to what happens to a mustard seed when it is planted. The mustard plant begins as most inconspicuous, "the smallest of all seeds," but becomes conspicuous, a large plant (to lachanon) (Mark) or tree (to dendron) (Luke). (To call a mustard plant a tree emphasizes its size: it is almost as large as a tree.) In the parable both the contrast between the beginning and culmination of the Kingdom of God and the process of growth from the one to the other are emphasized. Jesus' point is that Kingdom of God is a historical process that has begun inconspicuously in his appearance and work but will grow towards a conspicuous result, which no one will be able to deny. (A tree as metaphorical of a kingdom occurs in Ezek 17:23; 31:16; Dan 4:10-12.) His parable serves as both an encouragement and a warning not to judge prematurely what is being experienced in the present. It is possible that the depiction of the mustard plant as large enough to support birds on its branches is a metaphor of the Kingdom of God as offering protection to those within it.
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