“Short Stories by Jesus — Bread-Making: The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like Yeast”

On August 12, Pastor Laura preaches on Matthew 13:33.

33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

This Sunday, we focus on the shortest of Jesus’ “short stories” recorded in the New Testament. The “Parable of the Leaven (or Yeast)” is only one sentence long! Typical of Jesus’ parables, this one uses daily activities and ordinary ingredients from normal life. A baker woman makes bread. It’s a straightforward image that Jesus’ listeners—and we—would recognize. But packed into this one sentence are curious details—details that take us beyond the simplicity of making bread. It seems that the Kingdom of Heaven is present as the baker woman’s mixture of yeast and flour grows mysteriously into nourishing loaves of crusty, homemade bread. “Come … taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8)

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