09.03.18 Mt. 13:33 (See also Lk. 13:20-21)
PARABLE OF THE YEAST
33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through all of it.”
Just as Jesus illustrated his ministry with a mustard seed, He also used yeast as the metaphor. Everyone understood how quickly yeast could spread throughout bread dough. In a similar manner, His Word would spread throughout the world. While at times yeast is symbolic of evil, the use here is obviously in reference to the predicted rapid growth of the church.
. Literally, “three measures” of flour, which scholars believe would be about 50 pounds. See Green, Interlinear Greek-English New Testament; Berry, Interlinear Literal Translation of the Greek New Testament.
. Mt. 16:5-12; Lk. 12:1; cf. 1 Cor. 5:6-13.