31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[b] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”[c]
Small and Hidden Kingdom
Jesus amazes his listeners who thought that when the Kingdom of God would be established on earth it would be instantaneously big. Jesus indicates that the kingdom that he has established by this point is small but that it will grow. It is small like the mustard seed and it is small like yeast. Yeast also is hidden in the bread and this indicates a hidden element to the Kingdom of God.
God’s kingdom is wherever he has reign. The kingdom is established in each of us in a small hidden way but it grows to consume every part of our lives as we realise its power.
- To what small things was the kingdom compared?
- Why would this smallness have shocked the hearers?
- What did Jesus use as an illustration of the kingdom being hidden?
- Why does God start in small and hidden ways sometimes?
- How is God’s kingdom growing through you?