Denise Day Spencer

November 2, 2009

Children’s object lesson: The parable of the yeast

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SCRIPTURE: Matthew 13:33
OBJECTS: a loaf of homemade bread, a package of yeast

Today we’re going to look at a parable of Jesus that is such a short little story that it’s told in just one verse. He said the kingdom of God is like a woman who took yeast and mixed it all through a lump of bread dough. That’s it; that’s the whole story! What on earth does it mean?

I brought a packet of yeast with me today. Yeast is the ingredient in bread that makes the bread rise. Let’s see what it looks like. (open packet and pour yeast into palm of hand) See? It’s teeny, tiny grains. When you bake bread, you have to mix the yeast in with the flour and water and other ingredients.

You knead the bread (show kneading motion) so that the yeast goes all through the dough. And it does. There’s no part of the dough that’s not affected by the yeast. And the kingdom of God is all through the world in all sorts of ways. There’s no part of the world that’s not affected by it somehow.

Another way God’s kingdom is like yeast is that the yeast is hidden. Once it’s worked all through the lump of dough you can’t see it anymore. You can pick the lump apart, but you’ll never see the yeast. It’s working, though; you can count on that. In the same way, we can’t always see what God is doing in the world. His plans may seem to be hidden, but He’s working all the time.

Still another way that yeast reminds us of God’s kingdom is that once you knead the yeast into the dough, you can’t get it back out again. It’s in there now, and it’s going to do its job. When Jesus began preaching, his message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” The Kingdom of God came with the coming of Jesus and it’s been growing ever since. Like that yeast, once it started growing it cannot be stopped. And that’s a very good thing. It means we get (hold up loaf) bread! And it means someday everyone will know that Jesus is Lord.

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