2 for 1 Deal: The Mustard Seed and The Leaven Parables

Hard Verses Episode 16: Two for One Deal (Matt 13:31-33)
Parable of the mustard seed
Parable of the leaven

The Problem.
Mat 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Mat 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Mat 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

So you have the mustard seed
leaven
The Solution.
Mat 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Mat 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Mat 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
There is nothing before to indicate what this means except the parable of the wheat and tares and the parable of the sower.
These are very negative parables.
There will be a great number that will die and go to hell.
It is quite possible that Jesus needed to balance these negative messages with a couple of positives.

1. The Mustard Seed.
The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed.
The man took and sowed it and it grew.
Looked like a tiny, tiny thing but grew into a great 15 foot bush.
The last parable, the seed was the word of God. ¾ did not receive the benefit of the word.
This is showing that we sow the word.
Seems like a small thing but great things can happen.
The birds are able to perch.
There should be benefit for all those around that receive the word.
We know people that were on the wrong path and heard the gospel and everyone is glad they did. Fathers come home. Mothers become mothers. Friends become real friends that we can lean on.
Notice how the kingdom grew in the New Testament with such a small beginning. 120, 3000, to the uttermost parts of the world.

2. Leaven
Leaven is yeast.
The Jews were required to clean their house a week prior to the day of unleavened bread because just a little is contaminate the bread.
Often leaven is a bad thing. Bad influence
Mat 16:5 And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.
Mat 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Mat 16:7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.
Mat 16:8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
Mat 16:9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
Mat 16:10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
Mat 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Mat 16:12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

1Co 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
1Co 5:2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
1Co 5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
1Co 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Co 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1Co 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

That is bad leaven.
This is good leaven.
We must become good leaven.
Mix us into a crowd and we will affect the whole loaf.

The lesson for us today.
From the mustard seed.
Do the small things and expect God to make the difference.
From the leaven
Don’t lose heart, you come back and the loaf will have grown.
Do your part to be a leavening influence.

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