Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
For too long, our theology has been laid out by theologians, and not by children. Ask any eight-year old what it means that the Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven hidden in dough means, and they’ll tell you that it means, more or less, that the Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven! It takes a real grown-up to tell you, after reading the words of Jesus, that the Kingdom of Heaven is anything other than what He just said it was.
What does the Kingdom resemble? A little bit of yeast! (Matthew 13:33). What must we do to have life within ourselves? Eat and drink His blood (John 6:53). Simple, eh?
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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.
Thoughts and beliefs are powerful things. Jesus said that to look with lust at a woman was to commit adultery, and to be angry at someone without a cause is to murder him. Ultimately, it is what you think and what you believe that will either deliver you or condemn you to an eternal judgement of hell.
We can tend to look at our actions primarily, in the Christian life, but the unsurrendered self is perhaps the most dangerous weapon against the Kingdom, even as a believer. Yet one sinner can destroy much good (Ecclesiastes 9:18).
He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”
“It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”
Yeast is an invisible, yet active agent, acting and working throughout an otherwise inert lump of dough. In various places in the Old Testament, it depicted the nature of evil within a body, either a single person or a group of people. Hence, the phrase, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” was used to indicate much the same thing that a phrase like “one bad apple spoils the bunch” does.