He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32)

And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” (Luke 13:20-21)



One Comment to “Kingdom”

  1. The kingdom has come, yet we still pray “Thy kingdom come” in the Lord’s prayer.

    Jesus announced that the kingdom was “at hand” in the 1st century, and explained that its growth would be gradual over time.

    The parable of the mustard seed teaches the vast proportional growth of the kingdom of God. The comparison of the leaven to the kingdom, where yeast initially was hid in the flour, until eventually it was all leavened, teaches the pervasive growth of the kingdom of God, … which is not apparent to the human eye – we don’t see the process, it’s so gradual.

    Thus the kingdom encompasses not only the present reality but also all of time & history moving inexorably to the future consummation and final victory.

    …and how will this happen? Through the gospel, growing like a mustard seed; leavening secular humanism and all other dead worldviews with God’s word. Amen and amen.

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