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Luke 13:18-21, Heaven's Like a Weed (Really!)

Key Verse

It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.’
— Luke 13:19

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, March 27, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

One of the reasons why Jesus’ statements and parables were so unique was because he broke with tradition and used different allegories to show what God was about. For example, take the parable of the mustard seed.

We love this parable—especially when we get to teach it in Sunday school. But we don’t realize how super weird it is (and was for Jesus’ original audience).

Had Jesus stated that the Kingdom of God was like a cedar of Lebanon, everyone would have immediately understood what he was saying. Cedars of Lebanon are beautiful. They’re rare. They live a long time. (That link above is totally freekin’ amazing, too. You’d be remiss not to check it out.)

But instead, Jesus used a completely new image; he mentions that the Kingdom of God is like a . . . wildly growing weed. It’s so big even the birds make their nests in it.

Now, that is different. And we don’t even realize how different it is. It’s a shame that we’ve lost so much of the original context of the radical nature of Jesus’ statements. We can recover them, though, and we can remind ourselves that God’s wildness sometimes comes through some very nontypical processes.

Is heaven like a weed? What do you think?


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