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If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.


Moving or reducing mountains was an ancient image for overcoming great difficulties or obstacles (see also Isaiah 54:10; Zechariah 4:7). In a kingdom parable (see Matthew 13:31, 32), Christ Jesus had drawn attention to the tree that grows from a mustard seed. Now, answering his disciples’ question about why they could not cast out a demon (see 17:14–20, citation 15), he illustrates the potential of faith with the same metaphor. Later, Paul refers as well to faith that can remove mountains (see I Corinthians 13:2).

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Resources cited in this issue

GT: HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV®; Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Luke. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Luke. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04. 

RR: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 1, Introduction to the Pentateuch, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 5: Laymon, Charles M. The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 1971.

Cit. 16: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Collection. Vol. 17, Matthew. Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys, 2000–2016.

Cit. 17: Peterson, Eugene H. Conversations: The Message with Its Translator. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress Publishing Group, 2007.

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