The Parable of the Mustard Seed and The Leaven!!!
Another parable He put forth to them, saying : “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world…. Matthew 13:31-35
In our previous studies, We have been considering the Parables of Jesus. We observed that out of All the Parables Jesus told, Only two explanations were written. Which were the Parable of the Sower, and the parable of the Wheat and the Tares. Since the other Parables are not explained by Jesus, it becomes a Little more difficult for us to be dogmatic about its interpretation particularly these two Parables of the Mustard Seed and Leaven. But we must interpret Scriptures with Scriptures as we depend on the Holy Spirit.
Firstly, we must remember that Jesus Christ was Speaking about the Kingdom of Heaven as it appears on Earth. That is what people see to be the Church here on Earth. He is not talking about the Pure church as it is going to be in Heaven one day because in Heaven, there are no Tares or bad ground. So we must bear this in mind that Jesus was speaking about the Kingdom of Heaven as it appears now on Earth where You find both the Wheat and the Tares together.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”: A Mustard tree is naturally not a very big tree. But here, we read of a Man whose Mustard Seed grew into a Very Large tree to the extent that Birds of the air were so comfortable to make nest on it. So How is it that a tree which was suppose to be the least becomes Larger than all other trees? I believe that this is an unnatural growth which God never intended. God intended that Mustard tree should be a certain small size, but this Mustard tree has been made to grow artificially beyond its natural size. Artificial methods of Fertilizer has been applied and the result of this is that We have a Huge tree.
These refers to Christianity in its outward expression. This is not the Development of the True Church. Jesus never refers to the Church as something that grows up to become a huge tree. Jesus always says the Way to Life is Narrow and only few will find it(Matt 7:14). So the Church is more like a small plant or a Small tree. But because of a compromising Message, gathering together a mixed Multitude, because the Narrow Gate was not proclaimed, the needle eye was not proclaimed to everyone who wants to be a Christian. Come to think of it, How did the so called Christian Church which is Suppose to be preaching the Narrow Way suddenly have so many people in thousands coming into it as if it the most popular thing in town? This is simply because the gates has been made broader than God intended it. When the Church begins to proclaim things which would please and draw people instead of saying things that would lead people to a Godly Life. A whole lot of people were allowed to come in who were not interested in Holiness and Discipleship. The Music and dressing standard has been compromised because the Church wants to draw the Youths. Most Young people come to Church because they are interested in Good music and not because of Holiness. It is a sad thing that many churches are known for good music and not for leading people into Holiness. And the result is that a Church instead of being Small and powerful has become Large in size and lost all its power. It’s become the Largest of the plants. People say that Christianity is the Largest religion in the World today, but what’s the use of that if it has lost all its power? Ten people who are whole-hearted for God on Earth can accomplish more for God than great Multitudes who are Hypocrites. Remember the Early Apostles were small in numbers but they were pure and hence powerful. The Mustard Seed was meant by God to grow up to become a Small Mustard tree. But man is never satisfied with anything Small. He wants something Big, something that would impress others. He wants to build a Large denomination that would impress with His abilities and skills.
And what is the effect of all these compromising situations? We read that “The Birds of the air come and make nest in its branches”. We read earlier about the birds of the air in the parable of the Sower(Matt 13:4, 19). And Jesus says they are the agent of Satan(Demons, unclean Spirit, Evil Spirit)!!! So Demons and Evil Spirit comes to make their home in the branches of these Churches(Revelation 18:2)!!! And this is exactly what we see in Churches today. Churches are filled with conflicts, strives, divorce, Sexual immoralities, jealousy and a lot of confusion and scandals because Evil Spirit has made a nest in some branches of such church. In Revelation 21:2, Jerusalem which is the True Church is called “Holy City” but Babylon which is the False Church is Called, “The Great(Revelation 18:2)” Holiness is the Characteristic of a True Church, Greatness is Characteristic of a False Church. We may Profitable ask ourselves, “Which would you prefer, to be in a church that is small and powerful or a Church that is Large and compromising?” There is security in numbers as far as the world is concern, and worldly minded Christians think we can influence the nation with numbers. Not at all, we can influence the Nation with Purity. For God Commits Himself not to Church that is Large in Number but a Church where there is Purity. Even in Jesus Ministry, He was always seeking to reduce the numbers. Whenever Great Multitude followed Him, He turned around and said some of the hardest things with the purpose of reduce that great multitudes to a small number(Luke 14:25-26, John 6:60,66). This is the kind of Ministry that God is Looking for. A ministry that would purify the Church and bring it back to the purpose that God intends. It can be small but it would be a genuine Mustard Tree that produces Genuine Mustard seeds. Jesus spoke about having Faith Like a Mustard Seed, that is enough!!! There is no need for a great amount of Faith(Luke 17:6). It is genuine Faith that Jesus likened to a Mustard Seed. It does not have to be big, but it has to be genuine. It is quality that the Lord Looks for and not Quantity!!!
The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”: Throughout the whole Scriptures, Leaven is a Picture of Evil. In the Old testament, Leaven was never to be found in the House of any Israelites when they were suppose to be celebrating the passover(Exodus 12:15). In the New testament, we are told to keep the feast without Leaven(1 Corinthians 5:8).Leaven is always a Picture of Compromise, Evil, Malice and wickedness. Leaven is yeast in our common Language. And it is used to blow up bread to fill the bread with a lot of air to cause increase in the size from the natural size. Without the Leaven or yeast, the bread would just be small at the original size. This parable passes the same message with the parable of the Mustard Seed.
Here we read of a Woman hiding Leaven( Evil and wickedness) in a meal!!! Who is this Woman? Again, the Woman is Babylon,the False Church (Revelation 17:4-5)!!! It was a hidden work that the Devil did. If it was not evil, why hid it? Wherever You seek to hide something, it is always something wrong or evil about it. So we see that She hides it in Measures of Meals which is the Churches where God’s word(Meal) should be proclaimed, Until the whole Church becomes Leaven(Corrupt). This is why You find that Godly men throughout the centuries, whenever they see Corruption Like Leaven spread through a whole religious system, they pull out and start afresh. There are foolish people who think they can refine the Corrupt System in some churches. It is impossible!!! Corruption is like Leaven, once it has spread through and swollen the bread, you can do nothing about it. You cannot make it unleavened after that. Similarly, in our lives, a little bit of Compromise, a small Sin can be like Leaven that Corrupt our whole Life. One tiny speck of dust in your eyes can finally make you blind if you don’t wash it off but allow it to be there and constantly irritate You. So we have to be careful that our lives are not affected by these Leaven(1 Corinthians 5:6-7)
All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”: indeed we are Blessed in this generation, that the secret of God kept from the Foundation of the world has been revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. And if you still cannot understand these Parables, then it means you are not a Disciple. You are part of the Multitude that these things has been hidden from. You are part of the group who have no desire to obey God’s word. He who has Ear, Let Him hear!!! Jesus knows that not everyone has the ear to hear correction. Many would go by reason and would go astray. Come out of Babylon my people lest you share in her Sins(Revelation 18:4)!!!
Dear Friend, Always remember that Jesus says, “Narrow is the Way, and only Few will find it” So if the Church is actually interested in Leading people to a Godly life, it is not going to be a Huge Church because only few are interested in a Godly Life. Those that compromised on God’s word and have widen the Gate and the Way than God intended it will definitely give an account to God. But My advice for You, “Don’t be Part of that Church!!!” Come out of Babylon!!! Beware of Leaven of Malice and wickedness hidden in the Today’s Church System. Pull out of it before You become Leaven and corrupted Yourself. Remember what God Looks for is Quality and not Quantity. Don’t be carried away by what the Crowd is doing. Compare everything with the Scriptures. Don’t give room for Evil Spirit to make a nest on Your Life because You sat in a Church where they are in Dominion. He who has Ear, let Him Hear!!! May the Lord give up wisdom and Grace to keep ourselves from Corruption in Jesus name(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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