Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Was Jesus Wrong In Identifying The Mustard Seed As Smallest?

"In Matthew 13:31-32 did Jesus make an error when He said the mustard seed is the smallest? Some people answer yes to this question because as they point out, the orchid seed, not the mustard seed, is the smallest of all seeds. Jesus, however, referred to the mustard tree as a garden plant and in His day the mustard seed was in fact the smallest seed garden-variety seed in Palestine. Obviously no orchid seeds were in Palestine at that time. Mustard seed is so small that approximately 750 seeds are needed to weigh a mere gram (1/28 of an ounce). This means approximately 21,000 seeds would be needed to weigh one ounce. And yet, given this unusual small size, the mustard plant can grow to a height of 12 to 15 feet in one year!"

Roy B. Zuck, Basic Bible Interpretation, p. 85-86

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