11/11/18 – The Parables of Jesus – Part 4 – The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven

The Parables of Jesus

Part 4 The Parables of the Mustard See and the Leaven

Sermon Setup

Series Dates and Topics

  1. The Purpose of Parables
  2. The Sower of Seed Explained
  3. The Wheat and the Tares
  4. The Mustard Seed and the Leaven
  5. The Treasure in the Field and the Pearl of Great Price
  6. The Unforgiving Servant
  7. The Lost Son
  8. The Great Feast

Opening Passage

Matthew 13:31-33 (NASB)

He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

The Leaven

33 He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father

I pray that today’s message

transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation

and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit

renew our minds and transform our lives in the name of Jesus.

Amen

  1. Everything begins small in the Kingdom.

Matthew 13:31-33 (NASB) abbreviated

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 and this is smaller than all other seeds…

…The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

According to Jesus, that’s what the Kingdom of Heaven is like!

Luke 9:48 (NASB)

…and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”

Greek for least is micros meaning little or small.

Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) Zechariah’s vision encourages Zerubbabel

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

Babylon had destroyed Solomon’s Temple and Zerubbabel (the high priest) was discourage because he had few resources in comparison to his predecessor.

But, the angel of the Lord said, “the Lord rejoices to see the work begin”.

Hebrew for small is kä·tän’ meaning: young, small, insignificant, unimportant

1 Timothy 4:12-16 (NLT)

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

In the kingdom, things seem small, young, insignificant or unimportant.

You may feel this way at times but remember, Jesus didn’t arrive as a mature man but rather as a small, unimportant infant; but He didn’t stay that way!

Luke 2:52 (NLT)

Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

  1. Everything grows in the Kingdom.

Matthew 13:8 (NKJV) Parable of the Sower

seeds that fell on good ground, yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty…

Everything in the kingdom doesn’t yield or grow the same but everything grows nonetheless!

Matthew 13:31-33 (NASB) abbreviated

…a mustard seed, is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree…

The Leaven

33 …The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

Luke 17:6 (NASB)

And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.

Matthew 17:20 (NASB) abbreviated

…if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

A little faith moves mountains!

A little word transforms the human heart!

A little gospel saves the sinner!

A little baby who became a man named Jesus changed the world!

  1. Everyone benefits in the Kingdom.

Matthew 13:31-33 (NASB) abbreviated

The Leaven …The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

In those days, one woman good (from start to finish) bake no more than 2 to 3 loaves per day; just enough to feed an average sized family.

This would take something supernatural. The woman was preparing enough bread to feed 100 people for a day! Can’t be done by one woman!

But Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like a woman who CAN feed 100 people and CAN make 50 loaves of bread by herself… in a single day!

Zechariah 4:6 (NASB) abbreviated

…the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.

Philippians 4:13 (NASB)

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Matthew 13:31-33 (NASB) abbreviated

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” Mark 4:32 “the birds of the air can nest under its shade”

Hosea 14:7 (ESV) abbreviated

They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow; they shall flourish like the grain…

Psalm 91:1 (NLT)

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Such is the Kingdom of Heaven!

Conclusion

In the Kingdom of God, the smallest things become the biggest things, the least significant things become the most important things and the least of men become the greatest of men!

Prayer for Congregation,

Invitation for Salvation

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