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The Parable of The Leaven Made Simple

(Matthew 13:33)

This is a teaching taken from Matthew 13:33.

Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”

The best understanding I have of leaven is that, it is like mixing up some yeast and flour, leaving the yeast to make the flour expand and have a gas reaction so the dough expands to a point where you can fold it and make it into bread and buns. So, if leaven is actually like yeast, then it’s the same thing.
How is the kingdom of heaven like that? How is it that you can get a little bit of yeast and make something very productive, a whole loaf of bread?
Well, one little baby was born in Bethlehem, just one prophet, just one man in the whole of the history of the world. He was just born in a stable. They didn't even have room in the inn for his parents. And this man lived to the age of thirty and then did the ministry for three years. He was hung on a cross and turned the whole world upside down. Within the three years of ministry, He seriously threatened the Jewish faith and the leadership of Israel.
The Jews believed that when a person died, his spirit hovered around for three days before it departed. They believed that a person could possibly come back to life in the first three days because his spirit was still there. If the person's spirit was destined to hell, it would get there on the fourth day; and if it was destined to go to paradise and wait for the resurrection of the dead, it would go there.

When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, He delayed going to him for another two days. Why did he do that? Well, he knew that he was going raise Lazarus from the dead. He'd already raised someone from the dead before. Jesus turned up to Lazarus when he had been dead for four days and raised him on the day when his spirit was supposed to be gone forever and no way, according to the Jewish faith, be raised again. And Jesus just totally blew their beliefs away. Jesus did something impossible for their faith to comprehend. And it was that day that they discussed it was better that this man died than we lose the Jewish faith. Jesus was a little bit of leaven in this world and He turned the whole world upside down.
It is reported that between one and two billion people in the world confess Christianity as their faith. I'm not sure how many of them are passionate Christians, but the leading faith in the world is Christian at the moment
So, what is the application of this parable for you and me? What can we get out of this?
This means that a little bit of Christ in us can make a big change. The flour is no good just as flour. It can't be made into bread without yeast. What makes the bread is this yeast, its chemical reaction. Jesus says that we're the salt, the preserver of this world. He said we're the light on the hill. Our lives should be burning bright.
In this parable, Jesus is saying that the kingdom of God is like a woman who hid a bit of leaven and three measures of meal and it all became leavened. It took over all the bread. Do you know what change a nation or a state or even just your office can come under when you're living and manifesting Christ?

You could be moving in the gift of prophecy or dream interpretation and everyone could be coming to you to get directions for life and solutions to their problems. You could be giving them supernatural answers from God. You could tell people which stocks to choose, which ones are going up or down 'cause God can tell you. You could make such a tremendous difference in this world just with the gift of prophecy. Jesus is saying that even though you are just one person, you can affect a big bunch.
There was a speaker going through the United Kingdom. He shared a story about meeting a guy who was handing out Gospel tracts in Sydney and saying, “Do you want to hear about Jesus? Do you want to hear about Jesus?” The speaker shared about how his life was changed and had become a Christian because of this guy. And someone in this meeting stood up and said, “I've met that guy, that's why I became a Christian.” And wherever this guy went and preached all around the world, he'd share his story and many people would come forward and say this man was also the reason they became a Christian.
One of those affected by this humble man handing out tracts was a Chaplain in an army base. He was head of over 1500 soldiers and planted hundreds of churches. Many leaders in countries of thousands of people were touched by only one man.
The guy handing the tracts out had no idea that he has affected thousands of people. No one came back to him. He had no idea of the impact that he had. One day this preacher came to Australia, chased the guy down and told him all the stories of the accounts of what people had said about him and the impact he'd made to many people who became Christians because of what he was doing. He was just standing out there three hours a day, five days a week. He was a retired man, just handing out tracks and saying something like, "Do you want to hear about Jesus? Want to hear about Jesus?"

Here was just one person who has impacted thousands and thousands of people with the good news of the Gospel of the Kingdom. He was just one little part of Leaven and he affected countless numbers of people with his three hours a day.
I don't read a lot of books about history, but there’s one person I know who went to the outpouring at Toronto, the Toronto blessing and she got so slain by the spirit. She had to be carried out of the meeting because she couldn't walk. She and her husband had been missionaries in Mozambique for many years and hadn't seen much success or growth in the Kingdom. But after that blessed time on the floor at Toronto they've planted ten thousand churches in Mozambique and surrounding nations and have taken in up to ten thousand orphans off the street. They’re making massive impact. Every person she lays hands on is healed from diseases. The deaf suddenly can hear again. Blind eyes open, cripple men can walk and a hundred people were raised from the dead. She's just one person that was touched by God. Heidi Baker is just another piece of Leaven that has a massive effect in the world. Are you one those people?
See, this parable is about you. You are just one person. You’re just a little thing. You’re just an insignificant person. But you can make a difference. You can change your whole workforce. You can change your whole state. You can change your whole company. You can change your whole nation.
Come on. You can do it. So many people are going change this world as prophesied. The last-day workers in the parable of the landowner who paid people a denarius for just one hour of work. This tells about the people who are going to come from nowhere and are going to shake this world. People who the whole world will not know of are going to be major players in the last-day revival. Are you one of those players? Are you one of them?
I've healed three times in my life. I haven't got much faith for healing, but each time Jesus said, "Do something." I've done it and people have been healed. I healed a lady who'd had a migraine day and night for seven years. And you know what I did to heal her? I just wept. I just wept to Jesus and said, "Jesus, please take that away from her." I just broke down and wept. I wrote her an email and I said I’ve prayed that the pain would decrease. She said that when he opened the email, the presence of God dropped on her so powerfully and her migraine disappeared. It's been years she hasn't had that migraine. I didn't have the faith to heal someone, but I had the compassion to weep and beg Jesus, “Please, please do it.”
It can be the same with you. You too can do wonderful things. Don’t let this book be just another book that you read and say, “That was nice.” Let it speak to you and move you into doing something great.

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