Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | August 2, 2011

Gardens: Jesus’ teaching

For those of you who have been following this blog series, I have been researching different times when gardens are referred to in scripture.

I was delighted to find Jesus using gardens to teach one of his parables. In Matthew 13:31-33 says, “Jesus told them another story: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a farmer plants a mustard seed in a field. Although it is the smallest of all seeds, it grows larger than any garden plant and becomes a tree. Birds even come and nest on its branches.’”

Although I shared the version of this story from Matthew, this same story told by Jesus is referred to also in Mark 4:32, and in Luke 13:19. I always find it to be especially intriguing when a parable or words of Jesus are referred to in more than one book of the bible.

Jesus used parables to teach people. He would use everyday terms and circumstances to help them to understand the bigger picture. This was a great example of how Jesus used a garden to teach about heaven.

In my next post I’ll share another time when Jesus referred to a garden.

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