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The Parable of the

    Leaven - How it Works!

  • This parable relates to the action of how the Kingdom of GOD influences...
  • The way the Kingdom of GOD spreads

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...

  • The "imagination" is a whole       world inside the mind...

Parables are powerful "word-pictures" that are meant to be engrafted into our mental pictures do control our thought-life.

That's 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

How Leaven Works...

  • The dough cannot resist the leaven, nor overcome its influence
  • The dough must yield to the process. It has no say, nor choice in the matter
  • Once started, there is no stopping the process until it is fully completed
  • The Kingdom of GOD is a transforming influence that has the inherent power to conquer every life to which it enters. The Kingdom of GOD has the unique power to transform our thinking, thought-life, imagination and "movie theater" of the mind.
  • This explains why there is such a mystery as to the location of man's "spiritual heart", because GOD information has the power to transform until the unclean becomes pure..." Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as snow."

The Kingdom of GOD is changing people...

  • How does the Kingdom operate?
  1. Silently. As light, salt are silent, so is GOD's influence
  2. Invisible. Luke 17.20 "One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?”Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. 21 You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” It happens inwardly, in the secret place, in the "spiritual heart."
  3. Never Stops until the dough is completely transformed, until the job is done. There is no partial permeating.

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."

  • Jesus started with two.  John 1.39 " “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day."
  • Then He called twelve.  Mark 3.14 "Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach...
  • Then ALL who touched Him were healed. Mark 6.56 "Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.

The WORD kept going... radiating, permeating, transforming. The presence of Jesus [as leaven works] could not be stopped!

The secret formula of "leaven working correctly!"

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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