Jesus, the Subversive, Part 3 of 4

Reflections on Matthew 13.31-33, 44

Jesus said: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”[1]

“A woman” – a shocking comparison in a first century hierarchical, patriarchal society. God, despite (despising!) human preferential boundaries and prejudicial barriers, welcomes anyone and everyone to the work of furthering the kingdom.

“Yeast” – another shocking comparison, for yeast was an ancient symbol of unrighteousness. God can and will use anything in the work of furthering the kingdom.

“Three measures of flour” – a vast amount, yielding bread able to feed multitudes. The work of furthering the kingdom is to serve all people.

This, Jesus teaches us, is the nature of God’s kingdom of unconditional love and impartial justice!

More to come…

© 2022 PRA

#thewayofloveandjustice #theworkofloveandjustice #theimpartialityofGod

Illustration: The Parable of the Leaven, John Everett Millais (1829-1896)

[1] Matthew 13.33

2 thoughts on “Jesus, the Subversive, Part 3 of 4

  1. Paul,

    this a a beautiful interpretation. thank you!


    1. Ah, my dear Lisa, it is I who thank you.



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