Parables of Jesus: of leaven

Parable of the leaven deals with a domestic scene. Kingdom of heaven is like a woman who took a bit of leaven. Traditionally leaven is cast as a symbol in bad sense. While discussing about immorality St. Paul writes,”Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?(1 Cor.5:6-7,13-NIV) Origin of it is also traced to the commandment of God to Moses.”….There shall no leavened bread eaten (Ex.13:3).” When Jesus came and used parables as a mode of instructing his disciples leaven acquires a new significance.
Clue to break this parable into a doctrinal truth has to start with the setting and it is in the intimacy of home. We have another parable similarly set of an householder (v.52). Three measures of meal is a symbol for Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever (He.13:8). The same timelessness explains life of any one who comes to him. Leaven deals with personal salvation: whosoever hid in Christ(Col.3:3)has moved up and is in heavenly places as it were. What is our lives ‘being hid in God’ indicate? We are foreordained as it were “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world (Ep.1:4-5). While the Parable of the Tares dealt with judgment, the parable of the leaven deals with our position when we have accepted the bread of heaven as our Savior. It helps us to understand the concept of predestination.


About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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