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    I love it how Jesus revealed the Kingdom through using normal everyday down to earth illustrations. He met people where they were at, in their homes, at their places of work and where they socialized. We should expect to encounter Him in the same way, afterall, he has not changed and is the very same person we read about in the bible.  The parables he told are timeless, we may live in a different culture but the principles of his illustrations are eternal…

    We have been baking a lot recently. A pastime my eldest really enjoys while my youngest entertains herself with spoons and flour.

    Why not do some baking either on your own this evening, with your child, as an interactive small group session or simply because you have run out of bread! The smell of fresh bread is gorgeous. If and when you do just keep this parable in mind…

    In Matthew 13:33 the Parable of the Yeast told by Jesus goes like this: “Jesus also used this illustration: ‘The Kingdom is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour it permeated every part of the dough.'” This Parable is also sometimes referred to as the Parable of the Leaven.

    I likened my daughter to the flour and Jesus to the yeast. As we worked the yeast into the dough we mirrored Jesus working in her life. As we placed the dough into the dish, I likened it to the security of our love as parents and our home and as we watched the dough rise I talked about how Jesus can help her grow more like him. In order for the Kingdom of Heaven to grow we can all do our own part. We should be like both the yeast and the dough. On the one hand we should all be the dough with the yeast, the Kingdom of Heaven, permeating within us. On the other hand we should also be the yeast in the dough (that is the world) and help the Kingdom of Heaven permeate throughout the world.

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