Parable of The Leaven

 The Parable of The Leaven


He (Y’shua) told them still another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into three measures of flour, until all of it was leavened.” Matthew 13:33

What is Leaven?

Leaven is used to make bread dough rise.  It is a single celled microorganism classified in the fungus kingdom.  Also known as yeast, it creates a fermentation process that converts sugars to carbon dioxide gas and makes bread dough rise.

Pictured above, Sally Fields plays, The Flying Nun, in one of my favorite childhood T.V. shows.  Here she discovers the power of yeast in bread dough.

The Spiritual Meaning of The Leaven

“Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”  Luke 12:1

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?  Get rid of the old yeast, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ, (Messiah) our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.…” 1 Corinthians 5:6

Jesus/Y’shua explained several parables giving clues for those with ears to hear and eyes to see.  Look for the Spiritual Truth revealed in these physical examples:

“Watch out!” Jesus told them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  Matthew 16:6

“How can you not understand that I was not telling you about bread?   But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  Matthew 16:11

Then they understood that He was not telling them to beware of the yeast used in bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Matthew 16:12

Hypocrisy, Corrupted Teachings and Boasting  are referred to as the old, bad leaven/yeast.  

At our Creator’s annually appointed Feast of Unleavened Bread we get rid of all our leaven, Leviticus 23:5 .

“Therefore let us keep the (Passover/Unleavened Bread) Feast, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:8

Leavened by His Spirit of Truth

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears say, “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of Life drink freely. Revelation 22:17

YHVH’s (He Exists) named His people, those who kept His Torah, Israel.  Israel means, one who struggles/perseveres/contends with and prevails with God/El.

Whether we call ourselves the Church, the Assembly, the Congregation, His Body, His Children, His Seed, His Servants or The Bride of Messiah/Christ, there is no division in Spiritual Israel.

All are Israel who join themselves to YHVH, to serve Him, to love His Name, to be His Bond-servants, All who keep His Sabbath without defiling it and prevail/take hold of His Covenant, Isaiah 56:6, 7

YHVH defines Himself as One, He is God Alone, He Is, Was and Always Will Exist, His Torah is Spiritual, Perfect and He Is Unchanging:  Deuteronomy 6:4Psalm 19:7John 17:11John 17:21Mark 12:29James 2:19.  Malachi 3:6James 1:17Corinthians 10:171 Corinthians 12:12; Romans 7:14…

Jesus Christ , (YHVH’s Salvation) is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8.

The Woman is His Spirit

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into One body, whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, and we were all given One Spirit to drink.” 1 Corinthians 12:13

“So it is not the children of the flesh who are God’s (Spiritual) children, but it is the children of the promise (given to Abraham) who are regarded as offspring.”  Romans 9:8Galatians 3:16

“so in Christ/Messiah we who are many are One Body, and each member belongs to one another.”  Romans 12:5Ephesians 5:30

“…For I promised you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ/Messiah.”  2 Corinthians 11:2

And when the dragon (serpent) saw that he had been thrown to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. Revelation 12:13;  Genesis 3:15.

And the dragon was enraged at the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her children, (that’s us) who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus...” Revelation 12:17

Like Yeast, (the Kingdom of Heaven) that the Woman, (The Ruach), took and mixed into three measures of flour?

 Why Three Measures?

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.” Genesis 18:6

Three measures of flour is a weight called an Ephah, which is approximately 92.99- 144 cups of flour, depending on which conversion table you google.  I also found Three measures, or an Ephah, of flour mentioned in these passages:  Judges 6:191 Samuel 1:241 Samuel 17:17; Ezekiel 45:11,12Ezekiel 45:24Ezekiel 46:5; Ruth 2:17.

Similar to the grain offering given at The Feast of Shavuot or Pentecost.  Two leavened loaves are offered as the First-Fruits of the wheat harvest.  Fifty days after Y’shua resurrected from the dead and ten days after He ascended to heaven, He instructed 120 people to wait, (unleavened) for the promised Spirit (Ruach), Acts 1:15Luke 24:49 .

The Giving of Torah and The Giving of The Spirit were at Shavuot

Moses received the Torah at Shavuot, (Pentecost) the third lunar month, Exodus 19:1; Leviticus 23:15.  The Spirit was also given to Y’shua’s disciples at Shavuot (Pentecost), Acts 2:1  Y’shua also referred to Himself as The Torah, saying “…These are the very Words that bear witness about Me,” John 5:39Matthew 3:11Ephesians 6:17.

Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life, (Torah). No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6; 1 John 5:6;  Revelation 19:10

From Unleavened to Being Leavened with His Spirit

Passover/Unleavened Bread is celebrated on the 14th of the first lunar month at twilight. Physically we search our homes for hidden yeast and remove every spec of it from our homes.  Beginning the eve of Passover, only Unleavened bread is to be eaten for seven days, Exodus 13:7.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;  And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the Everlasting Way.” Psalm 139:23

“Get rid of the old yeast, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”1 Corinthians 5:7

We Must Be Born Again

We Must Become A New, Unleavened Batch of Dough

Yeshua said, “You must be born again.”  John 3:3, 5, 7; 1 Peter 1:3, 23

We must become like a new, unleavened batch of dough, 1 Corinthians 5:7. 

Because Flesh and Blood cannot inherit the Kingdom, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable,  1 Corinthians 15:50


The Kingdom of Heaven is like, a Woman, (The Ruach) who took yeast, (Torah) and mixed it with three measures of (unleavened) flour,  until All of it was leavened, (in His  Spiritual Kingdom).





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