From the Nov/Dec, 2016 issue of Touchstone
The Mustard Seed by S. M. Hutchens

Mortal Remains

The Mustard Seed

The Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. —Luke 17:6

The interpretation of this I have heard most often is basically that if one wallops up enough of a certain kind of attitude ("faith"), he'll be able to accomplish surprisingly great things, and that, to make the point, the Lord is using exaggeration, florid hyperbole typical of the Semite that he was, to tell us something ab . . .


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