Gospels in 40 Days – March 27
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
Luke was a physician who traveled with Paul spreading the Good News. God gave him a passion for fact-finding, and Luke’s gospel was written as a historical work in chronological order that encouraged Christians in following Jesus and reads like an epic story. In Luke 1:3, he addresses the gospel to “most excellent Theophilus”, a word meaning “lover of God”.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: Luke 13-14
MOST OF IT: Luke 6:43-49
HIGHLIGHT REEL: Luke 13:10-17
Why does Jesus use a mustard seed and yeast to describe the Kingdom of God?
Yeast | Becky Newman
Luke 13:20-21 – Again he asked, “What shall I compare the Kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
Jesus’ Kingdom of God analogies always have me saying, “What?” In today’s reading, he likens the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed and yeast. What? I want ears that hear (14:34), so evidently I need to dig deeper. The Kingdom of God is comprised of those who believe in Jesus, just regular people, every day normal sinners, like every day normal things such as a mustard seed and yeast, but with acceptance of a supernatural gift. Acceptance of this supernatural gift causes a ripple effect that grows and expands to others and multiplies the Kingdom. Particularly with the analogy to yeast, Jesus is saying the Kingdom of God has no political or geographical boundaries but is open to all if they choose to believe. On the other hand, Jesus just used the yeast analogy in a negative manner in Luke 12:1 – “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Evil ways can also fester and spread like yeast through a batch of dough. Doing a little research on yeast, I discovered that yeast is an organism that needs food and air and water to grow. There are good types of yeast that help our immune and digestion systems, but there are also bad types of yeast that compromise our immune systems and lead to many of the diseases that are becoming more prevalent — diabetes, IBS, auto-immune diseases, etc.
Jesus is so smart! It’s just taking me a couple hours to catch up and understand a tiny fraction of His vast knowledge of creation. Using good yeast is a choice, and it makes everything work like God designed it to, both physically and spiritually. To make sure the good yeast in the Kingdom of God gets the food, air, and water it needs to grow, it takes a community of believers feeding on the Word of God and drinking the Living Water and letting the breath of the Spirit work in and through us to grow and expand and multiply to all the world.
Thank You for Your perfect and good design and answering my “What?” by revealing meaning to me in Jesus’ yeast analogy. You are Good! Help me to contribute to the good yeast growing.
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