Leaven - How it Works!
Matthew 13.33 NLT
Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
What is a leavening agent?
There are any one of a number of substances used in doughs and batters that cause a foaming action that lightens, softens the finished
product. Formation of carbon dioxide is induced by chemical agents
reacting with moisture, heat, acidity, or other triggers. THIS IS ALWAYS THE DESIRED AND EXPECTED RESULT...
Parables are powerful "word-pictures" that are meant to be engrafted into our thinking...as mental pictures do control our thought-life.
where the "imagination" gets involved. The imagination allows mental exploration of the past,
present, future. It is the ability to see pictures and images in the
"movie theater" of the mind. The imagination is the "workshop" of the
human mind. It is the only thing in the world we have complete control
over. That's why GOD takes great interest of what goes on there, and judges what we allow to grow there - Genesis 6.5
The Kingdom of GOD is changing people...
This parable illustrates the powerful "impact" the Kingdom of GOD Words can have in our "spiritual heart" to transform our imagination, influence our thinking, decisions and destiny...
1 John 3.9 "Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God."
The WORD works as leaven...
John 6.63 "The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life."
The WORD kept going... radiating, permeating, transforming. The presence of Jesus [as leaven works] could not be stopped!
Pharisees - and the Sadducee's -their "leaven" is hypocrisy, severe religious legalism imposed on others but not themselves
Luke 12 "Meanwhile, the crowds grew until thousands were milling about and stepping on each other. Jesus turned first to his disciples and warned them, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees—their hypocrisy.
2 The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.
3 Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!
Herod's leaven involves an exalting of civil law above God’s moral law.
If the leaven of the Pharisee's, Sadducee's, Scribes, and Herold work "against" us - the what is the "leaven-like" power that has GOD's approval and "works for" us?
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