Posted by: thaishin | November 21, 2008

Parable of the yeast from another perspective

Post taken from the site of a fellow christian blogger Lightbreak

 

He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”  — Matthew 13:33

To explain what the kingdom of heaven is like, Jesus used the analogy of yeast.  It only takes a little bit of yeast to spread through an entire batch of dough.  The gospel has a potency similar to yeast.  If we exercise small acts of faithfulness in bringing our humble surroundings into contact with the Living God, then our surroundings and beyond will change for the better.

But there is another reason why the kingdom of heaven spreads like yeast.  In the Jewish tradition, yeast was considered unclean.  To illustrate, the bread to be eaten during the Passover meal had to be unleavened (made without yeast) so as to demonstrate purity.  So when Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to yeast, the ears of his Jewish audience were surely pricked.  The point is that God can consecrate what is regarded as impure and use it for His purposes.  We might stay away from a certain professional field because it has a reputation for being full of darkness, for example.  Don’t be surprised if God calls you into that field for the purpose of transforming it into something that glorifies Him.

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