Luke 17:5, 6 Mustard Seed & Sycamine Tree

And the apostles said unto the Lord, increase our faith.
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree,
be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

    Here you can see how the Eastern people think and speak. The disciples ask the Lord to increase their faith; he answers by bringing in two apparently unrelated things, the mustard seed and the sycamine tree!

    The mustard seed of the East is the smallest of all seeds, it's black, and if put into an eye, the person would hardly be aware that the seed is in his eye. But the mustard seed of the East does grow into a tree, as big as the apple trees in America. That is why Jesus said, in Luke 13:19:


It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

    "If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree ... " What has the sycamine tree got to do with the mustard seed, and what has the mustard seed to do with faith? The sycamine tree of the East is the wild fig tree, and produces fruit six times a year. But the people of the East despise this fruit, and won't eat it. Why this is, I do not know, but even if a man has had nothing to eat for two weeks, he wouldn't want to be seen under the sycamine tree, for fear people would think that he was gathering the fruit. If a man climbed a sycamine tree, the people would insult him more. They would say among themselves, "Poor old Smith must have gone bankrupt overnight. His poverty is so great that he has lost all self-respect and dignity, to be climbing up in a sycamine tree to gather the fruit."

    Although the sycamine tree is a small tree, it has enormous, innumerable roots. There are so many roots spread far and wide and deep, that it is impossible to pluck a sycamine tree with all its roots with any modern gadgets, without leaving some of the roots behind, But with faith the size of a mustard seed, it is possible to perform two miracles: first to pluck the sycamine tree with all its roots; and second, to plunge it into the sea. One act of faith, as of a mustard seed, will perform two impossible things. This is possible for any of us, when we have the faith.

     Many believers will say, "I do not have that much faith." But, a believer must never say that, otherwise, how was this believer saved? The only way to be saved is to be saved by faith. When you have enough faith to be saved, which is the first miracle, then you have faith enough to solve all of your problems also. This faith is still in you, because the Christ that you have received by faith is still in you. This is the truth that Jesus was telling the disciples, that you don't need an increase of faith, because if you have only a small faith, you can still say to the sycamine tree to be plucked up and it will obey you. With the faith that the believer has RIGHT NOW, he can do the seemingly impossible.

     So many of us talk and complain about our problems, but do we have as many problems as the sycamine tree has roots? So many of us think that our problems are too numerous for the Lord to solve. But let us look at the sycamine roots, thousands of them: some as thick as my thumb, others as thin as my hair; some are deep, very deep, but by faith you can pluck them all up. So, no matter how big a debt you have, no matter how big a cancer you have or what the doctors have told you about it; no matter how rude your children are; no matter how many enemies you have or how little money you have, you can' t have as many problems as a sycamine tree has roots! If we have a little faith we can tell our problems, "Be thou plucked up in the name of Jesus Christ", and they will be plucked up and solved in his name! God Bless You.


Bishop K.C. Pillai, D.D.

Anthony Gilmore,
Apr 25, 2012, 7:52 AM