Luke 17:6 “He replied, If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this Sycamine tree, Be rooted up and planted in the sea, and it will obey you.” (Cont.)
The Sycamine fruit was bitter to eat. It looked as good as the Sycamore tree but certainly not as tasty. Since it cost more, the rich got to eat fruit from the Sycamore. The poor ate the fruit from the Sycamine as it was least expensive. To eat it, they would nibble on it a little at a time because it was so tart. When a person who is bitter and full of unforgiveness chews on their feelings for a long time, the fruit of bitterness makes them bitter, sour people. As well, the Sycamine is pollinated only by wasps. Strangely, the Sycamine is not naturally pollinated. The process is only done when a wasp sticks its stinger right into the heart of the fruit. It has to be stung in order to be reproduced. Have you heard a bitter person say “I’ve been stung by that person.” It is likely that people who make such a statement have been “stung” by a situation that the devil pollinated in their hearts and souls with bitterness and unforgiveness. Jesus was saying, in order to rid this nuisance from one’s life, a person must have faith the size of a mustard seed. Any person who has even a tiny measure of faith can speak to bitterness and unforgiveness and command them to leave if that is really the desire of his heart.