Parable of the Leaven/Yeast: Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21
The parable of the leaven, also called the parable of the yeast, is another parable told by Jesus to illustrate what the kingdom of God is like. In context, Jesus has just told the Parable of the Mustard Seed which essentially has the same meaning as this yeast parable.
The idea behind both parables is the growth of the kingdom of God.
Jesus says, "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened." (Matthew 13:33)
Yeast is a small organism that causes carbohydrates to ferment, producing carbon dioxide as a byproduct. The carbon dioxide gas is what causes dough to rise to make leavened bread, which is why bread has pores.
A small amount of yeast placed in a large batch of dough can cause the entire dough to be affected by the yeast and become leavened.
According to Jesus, the kingdom of heaven is like yeast used to leaven an entire batch of dough.
Likewise, when the kingdom of God is introduced into the world, it begins to affect everything until it is changed to the point that it is now something new, and it can no longer be called what it originally was.
This is similar to what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 about them being the "aroma of Christ" and having an influence wherever they went. Also, Paul speaks of believers being a new creation in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
This process of the kingdom of God changing people takes place on every level: individual, communal, global, etc.
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