Questions to Guide You:
- These are two of the best known parables. The mustard seed is not literally the smallest of all seeds, but it is the smallest seed cultivated in Israel, and it grows to a “tree” about 8 feet tall. How is the Kingdom like something that started small and grows tall?
- The mustard tree provides shelter for the birds and animals. How does the Kingdom of God provide shelter and food for the “little people” of the world?
- How is God our Refuge, our shelter, our protection? How can you trust him to be our protection?
- Ezekiel 17, promises that God is going to take a sprig from Israel, and grow it into a tree that will protect the whole world. This is a promise about Jesus. How did Jesus, his kingdom, and his church fulfill this?
- Daniel 4 describes Nebuchadnezzar as a tree, and the greatest kingdom of the earth; but how does Jesus’ kingdom compare to Nebuchadnezzar’s? What does Nebuchadnezzar learn, and how should we learn this thing?
- What is the difference between the wicked man and God’s kingdom in Psalm 10? In our world, who does it look like “wins” the evil people or the good people?
- In history it has looked like powerful kingdoms would kill the church (Roman persecution, Muslim jihad in 700-900AD, Nazi Germany, etc.) How has the church outlasted them all?
- Galatians 5:1 – what has God set you free from? How can you live like a free person?
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