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The Bible speaks of Hidden Manna (Rev2:17) and Hidden Leaven (Matt13:33) and the Hidden Man of the Heart (1Pet3:4), so it shouldn't come as a big surprise to discover Godly Truth hidden within the pages.Keeping in mind the purpose of leaven (yeast) is to make the bread rise, and how the Bible calls the church 'One Bread', 1Cor10:17 -- plus the difference between 'old leaven' and 'no leaven', and the New hidden leaven -- an exciting subject for sure!
Old and New Testament Parables
Parable (Hebrew: mashal) - proverb Parable (Greek: parabole) - similitude Balaam, Numbers 23:7 The Sower, Matthew 13:18, Luke 8:5 Amalek, Numbers 24:20 The Tares, Matt 13:25 Tabernacle, Job 29:4 Mustard Seed, Matt13:31 Dark Sayings, Psalm 49:4, 78:2 Hidden Leaven, Matt13:33 Feathered Eagle, Ezekiel 17:3 Vineyard, Matt21:33, Lk20:9 Scum Pot, Ezekiel 24:6 Fig Tree, Matt24:32, Mk13:28, Lk13:6 Spoiling Change, Micah 2:4 Seeing-Hearing mystery, Mark 4:11 Covetousness, Habakkuk 2:6 New wine into old bottles, Luke 5:37 The Sheep, Lk15:3 * The Pearl, Mt13:45 The seven (7) parables
of Matthew 13 are: Sower, Tares,
Mustard Seed, Leaven, Treasure,
One Pearl, Fishing Net.
Ungodly Judge, Lk18:4 Two-men pray, Lk18:10 Talents: Mt25:28 * Pounds: Lk19:13
"Without a parable, Jesus spake NOT unto them", Matt13:34, Mk4:34 In his "Sermon at the Seaside" about the Parable of the Sower, he asked "Know ye not this PARABLE? Then how will ye know all parables?
In large part, no doubt, because this is where he explains and defines the elements of the parable.
Parable of the Hidden Leaven
"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
"Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees", is what Jesus said in Matt 16:6. His disciples thought he was speaking of regular bread, instead of the miraculous bread which had fed the nine thousand. AND, they hadn't yet learned about how people are "bread" and Jesus the Living Bread.
"For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread". 1Cor10:17. Jesus is Our Communion and also the Word of God.
"There are differences of administrations, but the same Lord, and there are diversities of operations, but the same Lord". 1Cor12:5. The Genesis period was "Pre-Law", and after that came the Law given by Moses to the "Children", and after Jesus said "It is finished" we entered into this third era of Faith and Grace.The Three (3) Measures would be: GENESIS - LAW - FAITH
The Children of Israel were required to eat Unleavened Bread for seven days each year, and to completely remove all traces of Leaven from their homes. Exodus 12:19. Now the New Testament tells about "the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth" in 1Cor5:8.
These days we say "Get the lead out" when we want someone to hurry, but God was saying "Get the leaven out" when he wanted them to be sincere and truthful. Those things were for our LEARNING! Rom15:4. "Purge out..the old leaven, that ye may be a NEW LUMP", 1Cor5:7.
That "Old Leaven" was the hypocrisy and play-acting and lip-service by Pharisees and Sadducees and folks who were "Playing Church".
"OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY, BEHOLD ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW" - 2Cor5:17
Satan desired to sift Peter, as wheat, in Lk22:31, but we no longer have to be blown about with every wind of doctrine (the BOOK is finished!). Now the Holy Spirit has been poured out and we can be that New Lump by receiving the Holy Spirit and building our house on the solid Rock of The Word.
In the parable, it's a WOMAN who's doing the hiding of the leaven, and we stop to wonder Why? Could be that she is US -- the wife that is fruitful and all those other qualities found in Proverbs 31. God wants a faithful wife!
Everyone recognizes God as a Heavenly Father because of the many times Jesus referred to him that way, but he's also a HUSBAND.
"Thy maker is thine husband; the LORD of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel..." Isa54:5.
NEW LEAVEN! "Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY"!. Colossians 1:27
Some have concluded that leaven is ALWAYS bad in the Bible, but not so -- the "new meat offering" on the Day of Pentecost, Lev23:17, was two loaves made with fine flour and made WITH LEAVEN, were the firstfruits unto the LORD. Most Bible scholars recognize how "meat" and "bread" are figures of speech put for "food".
Parable of the "Far Country"
"As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country". Prov25:25
"There was a certain householder which planted a vineyard and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.Again, he sent other servants more than the first; and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son; saying, they will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves; This is the heir; Come, let us kill him and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. Matt 21:33-39 and Mark 12:1-9.
The 'certain householder' is God, of course, and the son is Jesus, and the Vineyard is the Earth, and the 'far country' is heaven. The Almighty Creator sent his son as an "incorruptible seed" to be planted in the womb and in the tomb for our salvation. The husbandmen are those wicked ones of Satan who corrupt the scriptures and imagine themselves to be worthy.
God is watching over his Word to perform it, and he answers the prayers of those "In Him", and who use the name of his son honestly.
Another "Far Country" parable is from Matthew 25:14, better known as the Parable of the Talents.
"For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man travelling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to each according to his own ability, and immediately he went on a journey".Religious folk like to say how "God is in charge and has everything under control", and we tend to believe them because they believe in God, but that isn't what the Bible says! The Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost, Acts2, and he's the one who guides us into all truth. John16:13.Americans like to say how we are all created equal; that is, having equal opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but we certainly know how our bodies and our intellects come in all shapes and sizes. Scholars tell us that a talent referred to money, but we should recognize how people vary in abilities and capabilities and "talents".
A "Far Country" parable with a different slant is from Luke 15:13, better known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
It begins: "A certain man had two sons: and the younger of them said to his father: "Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me", and he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, "How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee', and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants'.The contrast between a servant and a son is an important element of other scripture as well. Certainly the far country is not heaven in this case: spiritually or figuratively he didn't even have to leave town. The son that remained with the Father is like the ninety-nine sheep that didn't stray, Mt18:13, Lk15:4,7
"Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentence".Lk15:7.This parable has the Almighty as the Father, and the two sons are like the rebellious Adam and the dedicated Jesus; or like the old-man of the flesh, Rom6:6, and the NEW hidden-man of the heart. 1Pet3:4. This follows the one-two pattern of being 'born-again', as illustrated in scripture by Ishmael/Isaac, Esau/Jacob, Zerah/Phares, Manasseh/Ephraim, etc. All the "first-born" die, and it's the "second-born" who are the Sons of Promise! "Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise". Gal 4:28.Two Sons: From Cain/Abel and Esau/Jacob to the N.T. John/James Boanerges and the "prodigal son", the Bible abounds in stories concerning brothers; often a comparison illustrating the old man of the flesh and the new 'born-again' hidden man of the heart. In the Book of Ruth the two sons of Naomi die and are replaced by Ruth who is "better than seven sons", Ru4:15. The pedigree of Jesus goes father-to-son for sixty-four generations until the 2nd Jacob (name means supplanted: Gen27:36) had a son Joseph who had a daughter, but no sons (like Zelophehad of Nu26, 36). The Bible doesn't say so plainly, but Mary must've had a father and a husband both named Joseph! Jesus really is the Son and Word of God; all 66 generations/books!
If you don't know how these parables end, I urge you to obtain a Bible and read it for yourself. I set before you LIFE & DEATH, blessing and cursing; therefore choose Life. Deut30:19.
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