June 28, 2023

Joel Hernandez
"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."
Matthew 13:33

Today’s parable is very similar to what we read about in yesterday’s scripture. We see that a seemingly small act can eventually have a great impact. In this parable, Jesus uses yeast as an example. In Jewish culture, yeast was often associated with impurity and corruption. However, Jesus transforms this perception and gives it a new meaning, representing the transformative power of God’s Kingdom.

We can gather a few valuable lessons from the words of Jesus. Firstly, we can see the potential for growth in the Kingdom of Heaven. Just as small amounts of yeast can cause an expansion in the dough, the smallest acts of faith and obedience have the power to bring about great change in our lives and the world around us.

Secondly, we see the expansive nature of God’s Kingdom. Once the yeast is mixed into the dough, it permeates every part, affecting the entire batch. Similarly, when we invite the Kingdom of Heaven into our lives, it should transform every aspect. It should influence our thoughts, words, and actions, bringing about obedience and a life that points to Jesus.

Lastly, this parable encourages us to have patience and trust in the process. The yeast works gradually, requiring time for the dough to fully rise. Similarly, the Kingdom of God operates in seasons where it may take time for the outcomes of our faithful efforts to unfold. We are called to trust in God’s timing, knowing that He is always working behind the scenes, sometimes in ways we may not comprehend.

As we reflect on this parable, let us remember that God’s Kingdom is not constrained by the limitations of this world. It works mysteriously and powerfully, transforming lives and bringing hope, healing, and redemption. Let’s be like the yeast, allowing the transformative power of God’s Kingdom to work through us, impacting the world around us for His glory.