In Matthew 13, Jesus likens the kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed, "but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."
(Jesus also likened faith to a mustard seed, but didn't talk about it turning into a tree.)
So has anyone ever seen a mustard tree? A Google search turned up a number of Oak Trees, and this picture of a guy standing next to... a bush.
So why did Christ say the mustard seed grows into a tree?
One explanation is that the growth of the kingdom of heaven is miraculous, growing beyond what would be expected.
Another might be that Christ was talking about a large mustard bush that could handle birds.
I like the former explanation, but who knows for sure?
Let me know if you have a better idea.
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