This time our Harem is compared to a Mustard Tree. First of all, this is not the mustard that makes the stuff in the squirt bottle. That is made from the seeds of a herb. This tree is the Salvadora persica L. also called the Arak tree, Peelu tree, Toothbrush tree. It is a tree with many uses. Among them a number of beneficial properties including abrasives, antiseptics, astringent, detergents, enzyme inhibitors, and fluoride.
Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” Matt. 13:31-32 c.f. Mark 4:30-32, Luke 13:18-19
The term “birds of the air” is always used in the Bible to mean unclean birds specifically vultures, not cute little tweety birds. These are carrion eaters. People were frequently cursed in Biblical times that their bodies will be left to the birds of the air.
FYI: Clean birds are birds that nest on the ground and are seed eaters, like quail and pheasants.
So even though the Kingdom of Heaven or rather the Harem grew from 12 guys following an itinerant Rabbi in the first century Judea, to followers all over the world. We have vultures in our mist waiting for every opportunity to deceive and mislead the true believers. They fill the true believers heads with myths, fabrications, out right fictions. They have taken pagan stories and ideas from the mythological gods and heroes and attribute them to Mary and the saints. Telling fanciful stories that hold on to these pagan ideas. The cauldron of the Celtic druids became the holy grail. The pagan goddess Bridgett of the Celts fountains and pools, even retains her names as St. Bridgett the patron saint of fountains and pools. The yule child sacrifice of the Norse became the Christ child that would be sacrificed. And the pagan green tree that represented the supposed resurrection of Nimrod is now called the Christmas tree.
These vultures were once able to persecute and kill those that confronted them. Now they no longer have that much power, all they can do is ridicule and lie some more. They claim that the people of God are the gloomy kill joys with no Christmas or Easter. However we have all the Biblical holy days.
The vultures yell JEWISH and will not touch them with a ten foot pole. The one thing that always gives these false brothers away is there hatred of all things Jewish. No amount of explaining that they are Biblical, and that they are how God told us to celebrate Him, will stop them from their never ending chants, “That’s Jewish” and “The Law has passed away” but the context of that verse says nothing of the sort [Rom. 3:31].
There is nothing to be done about them. We are always to have them. But our hope our trust is that in the end they and their source will finally be destroyed.
And he called out with a mighty voice,
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! It has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul and hateful bird; Rev. 18:2
So clean out your section of the Mustard Tree as best you can. For they are the things of this earth and they keep us from the King’s chamber.