King & Kingdom - Part 7

King & Kingdom - Part 7
Parables of the Kingdom
The Kingdom Is Like...

He spoke another parable to them, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened." Matthew 13:33

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world." Matthew 13:34-35

Kingdom Parables

  • A series of seven Kingdom similes—comparisons, reflections, types
  • The first parable discloses the heart of man
    • The Sower and the Seed
    • The willing or unwilling heart to receive the Kingdom as types of soil
  • The second parable reveals the patience of God
    • The Wheat and the Tares
      • God's windows of truth
      • Sowing—Growing—Mowing
      • God will have a people of His own possession—a peculiar people—a Holy nation
  • The third parable reveals the purpose of God
    • His eternal Kingdom
    • The Mustard Seed comparison
    • Get ready! God will accomplish this.
    • Daniel 2:44; Isaiah 9:7
  • The fourth parable reveals the resistance and corruption of the Kingdom of God
    • The leaven hid in the three measures of grain
    • A bizarro perspective from Jesus, all thins have been reversed!

There are six repeating elements:

  1. The similitude
  2. The Man = Christ—(the woman)
  3. The Field or the heart = world/person—(church)
  4. The Seed = the Word of God—(leaven)
  5. Expansion—growth or spread—inevitability!
  6. Presence of evil intent

The Leaven

  • The word describes a means of rising
  • Yeast means frothing or fermenting
  • Old Testament uses:
    • Leviticus 7:11-13; 23:17
    • I Samuel 18:24
    • Exodus 12:14-20

The Leaven in the New Testament

  • The leaven of the Pharisees
    • Hypocrisy
  • The leaven of the Sadducees
    • Rationalism
  • The leaven of the Herodians
    • Materialism
  • The leaven of the Corinthians
    • Sexual immorality
  • The leaven of the Galatians
    • Legalism

The Woman

  • When a woman is used symbolically in Scripture in a negative context then this usually represents something out of Divine order.
    • Genesis 1:31
    • Genesis 3:16

The Three Measures of Grain

  • This is the central focus of the parable
  • The measure of the "Meal Offering"
  • Let's get the leaven out!
  • Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way."