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!
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!"
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."
the latter condition, not the former, is the Truth according to
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."
By the way,
two or three other "Matthew 13" Parables suggest this scenario
as well, the "good" being mixed with the "bad" ... until Jesus
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!
"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!
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
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!"
"leaven" of sin is still active!
those who say they know and love Jesus, but in reality have
never experienced his saving Grace!
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
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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