4. The Parable of the Leaven (Yeast)
How the Gospel of God’s
Kingdom Works In Us
The Parable of the Leaven (Yeast)
(Matthew 13:33, Luke 13:20-21).
Watch the 3 minute animated video here.
The text of the message, with scriptures, follows the video.
In some places in the New Testament, leaven is spoken of as being evil. One example is when Jesus talks about the leaven of the Pharisees. But in this parable, leaven is spoken of as being good, positive and helpful. This parable is like the parable of the mustard seed we just saw. It is one of the shortest parables of Jesus, as spoken of in the Wikipedia dictionary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Leaven. It is also called the parable of the yeast.
The point is that we allow into us permeates us and consumes us. It’s an old acronym: G I G O. this stands for ‘garbage in, garbage out,’ but also ‘good in, good out.’
The seed we to receive is the seed of God, the Sower. This is spoken of in The Parable of the Sower that we saw. Now, instead of just seed, the gospel is being compared to leaven that begins as a small addition to baking, but then rises and takes over the whole loaf of bread.
This is one reason Paul calls the gospel ’the power of God.’ There is power in leaven to totally envelope something even if it begins very, very small. God doesn’t require a lot to work with. He can work with whatever good gospel truth we have in us.
Gospel leaven inside of us produces fulfillment. It is the power of God coming into us by osmosis, and influencing everything we think, say and do. This is why the gospel is so important. It’s the power of God himself working powerfully in us and through us.
III John 2 speaks of living in prosperity and health.
This is how we all want to live: in prosperity and health.
But we must see WHY we can live this. We see it in verse 3:
it is (1) because God’s (gospel) truth is in us,
and it is (2) because we walk and live in his truth.
‘Truth’ is a direct reference to the gospel
that Jesus came to bring us.
So our job is simply to understand the word of the Kingdom (Matt 13:19), which is the gospel, and to believe it (Mark 1:15). If we do these two things –
(1) understand it and
(2) believe it,
and then it goes to work in us like LEAVEN, and it rises up big in us, and consumes us.
And we must see that leaven is contagious. We are told, ‘the whole was leavened.’ This means all of us is leavened by the gospel. Then I Thessalonians 3:12 says we ‘increase’ and then ‘abound’ over to others. The subject here is love, but it applies to ALL things the gospel sows into us, which is everything good God has (I Cor 3:21-22, Lk 12:32). He doesn’t withhold anything good from us (Rom 8:32). Remember: “Things grow after their own kind.”
So we are just meant to allow the leaven of the gospel to inhabit us in every way. When we do, God can work in us and through us in ways he can never do if we are not submitted to his gospel.
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.
NEXT: The Parable of Automatic, Spontaneous Growth
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