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TODAY'S NEW LESSON:

IT HAS BEEN IN MY HEART TO STUDY SOME OF THE MORE UNUSUAL PARABLES OF SCRIPTURE ... AND THE ONE FOR TODAY was taught by our lord himself!

The "Parable of the Leaven" sort of addresses the whole "trajectory" of history, of human history. And we going "up?" Or are we going "down," spiritually speaking?

If man is in a constant state of "improvement," getting better and better with each passing year ... then the "leaven" that permeates the whole "lump" must be a symbol of "good!"

However, if the social, spiritual status of humankind is worsening, on a downhill slide (regarding sin and deviation from God's Standard) ... then the "leaven" must typify that which is "bad."

Certainly ... the latter condition, not the former, is the Truth according to the Bible.

Now I am not saying that the Church (as the redeemed Body of Christ, the faultless Bride of Jesus) is anything but 100% pure! Not a sinner in that Group, that totality of Blood-Washed ex-Sinners!

But I am saying that the "meal" (flour or barley) into which the leaven was introduced is a picture of the "religious" Church, the "professing" Church, the Church "membership roll." And absolutely therein are found both sinners and saints!

"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." Matthew 13:33

By the way, two or three other "Matthew 13" Parables suggest this scenario as well, the "good" being mixed with the "bad" ... until Jesus comes again!

Here (in the following verses) the "birds" are, I believe, a symbol of "evil," resting in the congregation of those who say they know Jesus. "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: 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." Matthew 13:31-32, Jesus' third of seven Parables in a single chapter! Do remember that the devil used "birds" to take away the "seed" of the Gospel back in the Parable of the Sower!

And the "wheat and tares" Parable certainly tells the same Story! "False" growth strewed among the "true" wheat, until harvest Day anyway. Until Jesus comes as Judge!

And the Parable of the "Net," Matthew 13:47-50. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." This is clear!

Religious assemblies can be "mixed," with the "real" and the "not real!"

Yet the True Church, the Body of the Blood-Washed, "not a one is lost!"

Yes, the "leaven" of sin is still active!

Even among those who say they know and love Jesus, but in reality have never experienced his saving Grace!

Again: The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened." Matthew 13:33, Parable number four!

And I think ... if you will keep studying with me ... one more day in the kitchen! With this woman and her dough and her yeast!

                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

No, things are not getting "better" all along. That's the evolutionary line! Things are growing "darker." All creation needs a Saviour! A Redeemer! A King! And This Person is Jesus!

 

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