The Kingdom of Heaven is like….Leaven? Huh?

Mat 13:33 NKJV – “Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”


A little leaven

“But wait,” you say, “leaven represents evil!” “Beware the leaven of the Scribes and the Pharisees!” How can the Kingdom of God be like leaven?  I’m glad you asked. Because something is used as an illustration in a parable once, does not mean that it is always used in the same way. Leaven, by its nature, invades and infiltrates whatever it is put into; and it doesn’t take much. The “leaven” of the Scribes and Pharisees was their teaching. A little bit of it, and your whole lump of life was going to be full of it. Not a good thing.

Paul admonished us to “put the unbeliever or evil man” out of the church because “A little leaven leavens the whole lump”. Let evil persist in your fellowship, and everyone will be contaminated. Again, not a good thing.

But the Kingdom of Heaven? Now there is some leaven we need in our lump of a world. The point of Jesus’ parable is to illustrate how the Kingdom of God was going to work. It would start small, just a little bit (12 guys and a few others besides), but would soon expand to fill all the lump (world). The parable of the mustard seed shows the same progression. Itty, bitty seed grows into tall herb tree so large that birds can nest in it. Wonderful!

Take a trip back to Daniel. In his vision, Daniel sees a “stone not made with hands”. This little rock is thrown at the feet of the giant statue and crushes its feet, toppling the whole thing and crushing it. This little “petra” or “peter” then grows into a giant mountain that fills the whole earth!

This is the Kingdom of God at work. This is how it works in your heart individually and in the world as a whole.

“The kingdoms of this world have now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.”

Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus, come.


About navyguns

Orthodox Christian, father of three, husband of the most wonderful woman in the world. Navy vet.
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