A Small Seed And A Little Leaven—Luke 13:18-21

INTRODUCTION

In the last passage, we saw Jesus was teaching in a synagogue. He healed a woman and confronted the hypocritical ruler of the synagogue when he objected to healing on the sabbath. Now we get a piece of what Jesus was teaching that day…

18 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. 20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. (Luke 13:18–21)

Jesus moves from the miracle of the healing of the woman to discussing the kingdom of God. I think the link is that the healing was just a small indication of the coming of the kingdom, in the same way that a small mustard seed produces a large tree. Let’s see how that plays out. First…

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