I love the way Jesus taught some of the deepest truths in parables and metaphors that make you reflect more deeply. He would take a common everyday thing like leaven and send the disciples (and us) to scratching our heads and asking more questions.
Jesus spoke of three types of leaven or yeast in the scriptures. In reality, He was speaking of three powerful influences concerning our thinking and the way we approach life and spiritual truths.
First was the leaven of the Kingdom of God in us.
Matthew 13:33 (NASB95) 33 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.”
…We are to think with an ever-present ‘kingdom’ reality. The King lives in us as believers, therefore the kingdom and its power is present also. This should make us continually ‘God conscience’ in every situation we face. If it’s the will of God for the kingdom of heaven it’s the will of God for those in the kingdom upon the earth. Jesus said to pray in this way, “…Thy kingdom come Thy will be done one earth as it is in heaven.” We are never powerless when we choose to be influenced by the reality of the kingdom and become God conscience!
The second is the leaven of Herod.
Mark 8:15 (NASB95) 15 And He was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
…This is an atheistic mentality that never considers God for anything. It is the world-view all around us. The surprising thing is every time a believer approaches a situation or seeks a solution to some problem without considering God, His power and His truth first, we have entered in this mind-set as well.
The third is the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Matthew 16:11 (NASB95) 11 “How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
…This is a mentality that has a form of godliness but denies the power there of. It’s a theology of defeat, but still wants control of your life and mine for religious duties. It is knowing the scriptures to the letter, yet never allowing them to lead us into real relationship with The One they speak of. This actually influences us to scoff when the power of God shows up. And worse, reject those who begin to move in something more intimate and powerful than we have experienced.
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