Mulberry Trees and Mustard Seeds: David Guzik and others on Faith
Luke 17:5&6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, be uprooted and planted in that sea,’ and it would obey you.
b. If you have faith as a mustard seed: We usually think of faith as being exercised with dramatic miraculous works. That may be true, but the greatest miracles of faith have to do with the restoration of relationships.
i. the roots of the mulberry tree were thought to be extraordinarily strong; it was thought that this tree could stay rooted for six hundred years.
ii. You may have unforgiveness and bitterness that is deeply rooted within you; it may be like one of those trees that sends deep down, strong roots. But through faith, Jesus can rip those roots clean out; it can be pulled up by the root and planted in the sea.
iii. “No duty required of men and women move grates upon flesh and blood than this of forgiving injuries, nothing that the most of people find harder to put in practice; so as indeed where there is not a root of faith, this fruit will not be found. (Poole)
c. As a mustard seed: the faith that we must have is a faith that has more to do with what kind of faith it is than with how much faith there is. A small amount of faith-as much as mustard seed (a very small seed)-can accomplish great things, if that small amount of faith is placed in a great and might God.
i. Little faith can accomplish great things; but great faith can accomplish even great things. What matters most is what our faith is in, the object is of our faith. “The eye cannot see itself. Did you ever see you own eye? In the mirror you may have done so, but that was only a reflection of it. And you may, in like manner, see the evidence of you faith, but you cannot look at the faith itself. Faith looks away to itself to the object of faith, even to Christ.” (Charles Spurgeon)
Faith offers us an opportunity to see beyond the immediate woes of our current situation and into a future of wholeness and restoration of life. Faith held in the grip of Love and Trust has the ability to accomplish insurmountable odds. “We walk by faith, and not by sight”