PARABLE OF LEAVEN

In this Lord's words document, the parable of leaven, in order to explain what the "leaven" is all about in this parable - I will give you several scriptures before. There are two story lines within this parable.

All text taken from the version of the King James Bible

Matt.13:33-35 - Another parable spake he (Jesus) unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. (34) All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: (35) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

"leaven" - n. - a substance due to fermentation which causes bread dough to rise - Webster's Dictionary

"leaven" - n. a substance to make dough rise, esp. yeast; anything that makes a general change, --vt to raise with leaven; to spread through, causing gradual change. [Fr levain--L levamen-- levare, to raise--levis, light. (There is an accent " - " over the "a's" in levamen and levare, unfortunately I do not know how to do this)] - Webster's New Dictionary and Thesaurus

"Leaven" has two meanings here - 1) a rising up; raised up, - as in - Jesus was raised up from the dead after 3 days, and; 2) to make gradual change or, to increase, - to make gradual change in knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, or "to increase," - to increase in knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ - the New Testament teaching. (Note - this does not mean "puffed up," as Jesus was never puffed up.)

"meal" - is food, or bread in this case, and Jesus is the bread of life, John 6:48 - See - Bread of Life

What is the secret that Jesus is referring to, which has been kept from the foundation of the world, and why, - Matt.13:35.

In Matt.13:10-11, the disciples ask Jesus why he speaks in parables to the people, and Jesus explains to his disciples that it was given to them (the disciples) to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but not to the people. In Matt.13:12-Jesus continues to tell his disciples, - For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. - See - Parable of the Sower; Parable of Talents--Not Every Body Shall Enter The Kingdom of Heaven

In Matt.13:13-15 - Therefore speak I (Jesus) to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. (14) And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: (15) For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, (or, mind) and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Jesus continues to tell his disciples in Matt.13:16-17 - But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. (17) For verily I (Jesus) say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things with ye hear, and have not heard them.

Now let us look at some verses on "leaven" -

Matt.16:5-6 - And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. (6) Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Luke 12:1 - ...he (Jesus) began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Matt.16:12 - Then understood they (the disciples) how that he (Jesus) bade [them] not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

So we are not to be afraid of the "leaven," or, leaven of bread, BUT, to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. - Matt.16:12

Now let me give you the definitions of a few words -

hypocrisy - n. stimulation or pretense of goodness; feigning to be what one is not; insincerity - Webster's Dictionary

Pharisees are - "One of the three chief sects among the Jews at the time of Christ. They were strait-laced, arrogant and vindictive (Matt.5:20; 15:1; Mark 3:6; Acts 23:8; 26:5); contended with Christ (Matt.9:34; 19:3; Mark 2:18; Luke 5:30; 11:39; 16:14); took counsel against Him (Matt.12:14; Mark 3:6); and sought to arrest Him (John 7:32). Their name meant separated, and indicated their passionate determination to keep Jewish religion and ethics uncontaminated by outside influences." - from - The Scriptural Directory in the back of the Holy Bible.

Sadducees are - "The Tsadekee, a sect which came into prominence about a century before Christ, taking its name presumably from Zadok (I Kings 1:8). It taught that only God is spirit, and that man's soul is material, as is his body. Thus there was no resurrection, and reward and punishment took place in this present life. By contrast with the pharisees, they were not as violently opposed to Greek and Roman thought. Jesus reproved their teachings (Matt.16:1-12; Luke 20:27-38); but while they opposed the early Christians (Acts 4:1-3; 5:17; 23:6-8), they do not seem to have survived beyond the end of the first Christian century." - from - The Scriptural Directory in the back of the Holy Bible.

So Jesus told his disciples to beware of the hypocrisy (or, pretense of goodness, insincerity) of the doctrine that the Pharisees and the Sadducees adhered to.

Let us take a look at what Jesus says about the tradition which the Pharisees and the Sadducees keep in -

Mark 7:5-9 & 14-16 - Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, (Jesus), Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? (6) He (Jesus) answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. (7) Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (8) For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. (9) And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (14) And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: (15) There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. (16) If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. - See - What Defiles a Person

Allbeit, the above scripture in Mark 7, has two meanings here,

  1. the food which you eat (enters the stomach,) which is nourishment for the body, and
  2. the food (or, the bread of life - the word of the gospel) which nourishes the mind, the soul - the spirit within you ( until you are completely filled with the knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ.).

Let me add to #2) - the food (or, the bread of life - the word of the gospel), you eat of the gospel, or the information of the New Testament, until your mind is completely filled with the knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ - you increase the information of the Lord Jesus Christ in your mind.

The first one is what the Pharisees were referring to, and it is the second one is what Jesus was referring to.

In the next scripture, Jesus call the scribes and Pharisees hypocrites again and tells them they are like whited sepulchres in which the outside appears beautiful, they appear righteous, but they are within full of dead men's bones - full of uncleanness, hypocrisy and iniquity. He tells them to first make clean the inside of the person and then the outside will be clean. (Jesus used the analogy of a cup and a platter, but what he was referring to is themselves.) This does not mean to wash the inside of your body with soap and water, it means to practice what you preach - don't expect others to follow the works, if they do not follow the works themselves.

Matt.23:25-28 & 3 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. (26) Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. (27) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. (28) Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (3) All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

In Matthew chapter 23, Jesus tell the multitude and his disciples many things of the Pharisees and the scribes, regarding the things to beware of, and not do. Verse 13 - But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

"...for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." This is important to understand - the "kingdom of heaven" must be some place that is attainable now, while one is still living. To have a better understanding of where the kingdom of heaven is that Jesus is referring to, please see - The Foundations of Heaven and Earth

Please read all of Matthew 23 for yourselves to see how annoyed Jesus was with these people - the Pharisees and the scribes.

Let us take look at some more scripture in which Jesus said to beware of, or to watch out for -

Mark 12:38-40 - And he (Jesus) said unto them (the common people) in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, (39) And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: (40) Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

Also, -

II John 1:9 - Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

Now let us look at -

I Cor.5:7-8 - Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed (or, is slain) for us. (8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleaven [bread] of sincerity and truth.

Remember, hypocrisy is insincerity, which is what Jesus said of the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees

truth - I Cor.5:8

John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, (Thomas), I am the way the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 1:17 - For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ - See - Ten Commandments

John 8:32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

NOT with -

old leaven - I Cor.5:8

Deut.16:3 - Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, [even] the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.

Christ our passover is sacrificed (or, is slain) for us -I Cor.5:7

Is.53:7 - He (God's suffering servant/Jesus) was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he (Jesus) opened not is mouth.

John1:29 - The next day John (the Baptist) seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away (or, beareth) the sin of the world.

Please note - in the above verse it says "sin of the world," - singular "sin" not plural. What was the first sin? - the serpent/devil/Satan who lied to, (or, deceived) the woman, (Eve). If the serpent/the devil/Satan, had not lied or deceived the woman (Eve), we would not have the problems that we have today. - See - Mark of the Beast - 666

In this next verse, Jesus is speaking with the Jews,

John 8:44-47 - Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (45) And because I (Jesus) tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (46) Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? (47) He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Let me continue with Christ our passover is sacrifieced (or, is slain) for us, - I Cor.5:7

I Peter 1:19 - But with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Rev.5:6 - And I (John) beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Lamb as it had been slain - Rev.5:6

Please see - Is.53:7; John 1:29; and I Peter 1:19 above again.

passover - I Cor.5:7

John19:14 - Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, (the Jews), behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I (Pilate) find no fault in him, (Jesus).

which taketh away (or, beareth) the sin of the world - John 1:29

I Cor.15:3-4 - For I (Paul) delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he (Jesus) was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Gal.1:4 - Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Heb.1:3 - Who (Jesus) being the brightness of [his] (God's) glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged out sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Heb.2:17 - Wherefore in all things it behoved him (Jesus) to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Heb.9:28 - So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of man; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

I John 2:2 - And he (Jesus) is the propitation for our sins: and not ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.

Rev.1:5 - And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

and washed us from our sins in his own blood - Rev.1:5

Heb.9:14 - How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot (or, fault) to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Again, see Heb.9:28 above

Please read several verses before and after Heb.9:14, if you do not understand the verse.

your conscience from dead works - Heb.9:14

Please see Heb.1:3 above again.

Jesus was crucified for our sins, at the time of passover, he then became our "new bread" - that is our truth, John14:6, John 8:32.

After Jesus was crucified, he was taken down from the cross, wrapped and placed in the sepulchre, a stone rolled in front and a guard posted so that his body could not be removed by someone during the night. At the end of three days, when they went to annoint the body of Christ Jesus, the stone had been rolled away from the sepulchre and the body was missing - the whole body - the body of Jesus had been raised, (or, leaven) up.

Heb.9:15-17 - And for this cause he (Jesus) is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. (16) For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. (17) For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

Please notice that it goes on to say in Heb.9:18-19 - that the first testament was dedicated without blood (of a testator), but the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, were used by Moses to sprinkle both the books and the people. That is to say, that the Old Testament never had a testator, only the New Testament has had a testator - Jesus Christ.

Again, -

Heb.9:28 - So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of man; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

testator #1303 - N.T. - middle voice from 1223 and 5087 - AV - make, testator, appoint; 2) to make a covenant, enter into a covenant,

from #5087 - a prolonged form of a primary theo (which is used only as alternate in certain tenses) - AV - lay, put, lay down, make, appoint, kneel down + 1119 +3588; - 3b) to establish, ordain

Let us look at some scripture telling us that Jesus is the bread of life -

John 6:35, 38-40, 44 - And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (38) For I (Jesus) came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (39) And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (44) No man can come to me (Jesus), except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. - See - Fountain of Living Waters vs. Cisterns

Jesus tells the people -

John 6:27-29 - Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. (28) Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? (29) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

John 6:47-51 - Verily, verily, I (Jesus) say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. (48) I am that bread of life. (49) Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. (50) This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. (51) I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Jesus is speaking with his disciples in the following passages -

John 6:62-63 - What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? (63) It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Now let us take a look at the last supper -

Matt.26:26-29 - And as they (Jesus and the disciples) were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and break it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. (27) And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying Drink ye all of it; (28) For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (29) But I (Jesus) say unto you (the disciples), I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

You can also read Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; and Paul tells us in I Cor.11:24-26, you can also continue reading I Cor.11:26-34 for yourself.

Again, let us look at -

Matt.13:33 - Another parable spake he (Jesus) unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Please refer to the definitons above for "leaven," and "meal."

And three measures were hidden in this bread (the bread of life - Jesus) till the whole was leavened.

Again, to review the scriptures - the truth of the gospel of Jesus, or the New Testament is the "new bread," Jesus was crucified, or slain for our sins, or the sins of the world, and after three days the whole body of Jesus was raised, or leaven up.

Matt.13:34-35 - All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he (Jesus) not unto them: (the multitude), (35) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things with have been kept secret from the foundations of the world.

Again -

Matt.16:12 - Then understood they (the disciples) how that he (Jesus) bade [them] not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Beware not of the leaven of bread - the bread of life - the gospel Jesus Christ brought, BUT of the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. - See the above description

II John 1:9 - Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

Again -

I Cor.5:7-8 - Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed (or, is slain) for us. (8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleaven [bread] of sincerity and truth.

The secret referred to at the beginning of the document, was the fact that Jesus Christ knew that he was coming to earth as the Son of God/Son of man to be the sacrificial Lamb, so that the people which died before he came might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. If the people had known and understood who Jesus was when he was here on earth, then they would never have crucified him, and he had to be crucified, or, slain, (his blood had to be spilled,) in order to take away the sins of the world. Read Matt.13:13-15 above again.

This means, that if you do not believe that Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary as the Son of God/Son of man, was crucified for our/your sins, or the sins of the world, buried and his body resurrected, or rose on the third day, and he now sits on the right hand of God the Father, you will not be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus died for you and me, it is the new gospel that Jesus brought which he was the a testator - he established, ordained or decreed.

It is only through the belief in Jesus Christ that you will be able to enter the kingdom of heaven - and we must the continue to study and learn of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Because Jesus said in -

John 14:6 - ...I am the way the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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However, I want to emphasize here, as I have stated in other documents, we must have brotherly love for one another.

I John 2:9-11 - He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. (10) He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. (11) But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

I John 3:10-11 - In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. (11) For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. - See - Love Every Body With Righteousness

REMEMBER - Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord - I will repay. The Lord will punish in his own way and in his own time. He will try to correct us first - will you listen and heed his warnings, or will you continue to do your own pleasures.

Rom.12:19 - Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

It is not up to you or me, to take matters into our own hands - we are to love our fellow man (person). Jesus will bring some of them (the house of Judah - the Jews) along at the appropriate time.

John 10:16 - And other sheep I (Jesus) have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. - See - Parable of the Good Shepherd

Again, let me emphasize, We must not hate our brother, or, brethren because-

I John 3:15 - Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

I John 4:20 - If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

I give you all of this information because I want you to understand that even though the Jews were responsible for having Jesus crucified, it was God's plan before Jesus came to earth as the Son of God/Son of man, in order so that all those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance, and the Lord will deal with all of us in the latter days, or the end of time - in his way.



Parable of the Sower - Mark and Luke
Parable of Talents - Not Every Body Shall Enter the Kingdom of Heaven
The Foundations of Heaven and Earth
Ten Commandments
What Defiles a Person
Meat of God or, Bread of Life
Fountain of Living Waters vs. Cisterns
Mark of the Beast - 666
Two Great Commandments
Love One Another With Righteousness
Parable of the Good Shepherd


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