How to cite this article:
Joshua N. Tilton and David N. Bivin, “Faith Like a Mustard Seed,” The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction (Jerusalem Perspective, 2022) [https://www.jerusalemperspective.com/25673/].
Matt. 17:20; 21:21-22; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 17:5-6
(Huck 126, 180, 201; Aland 163, 231, 275;
Crook 181, 279, 310)
וַיֹּאמֶר הָאָדוֹן אִם אַתֶּם מַאֲמִינִים אֲפִילּוּ כְעֵין הַחַרְדָּל אַתֶּם אוֹמְרִים לְשִׁקְמָה זוֹ הֵעָקְרִי וְהִנָּטְעִי בַּיָּם וְשׁוֹמַעַת לָכֶם
But the Lord said, “If your trust in God is even like a mustard seed in size, then you could say to a sycamore fig tree, ‘Be uprooted and be transplanted in the sea!’ and it would do as you command.”
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Luke’s version of Faith Like a Mustard Seed, which of all the canonical versions is probably closest to the original saying, makes a fitting sequel to Quieting a Storm. When Faith Like a Mustard Seed is attached to the end of Quieting a Storm, we see Jesus characteristically turning his followers away from speculations about his person and focusing their intention instead on how they can become participants in God’s redeeming reign over his creation.
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