The fourth parable taught by Jesus in Matthew 13 is the Parable of the Leaven. Like the old Brylcreem jingle, “a little dab’ll do ya,” Jesus tells his followers the kingdom of heaven is like yeast into bread. A small amount of leavening, added to a large quantity of flour, will work through the entire dough. This parable appears in Matthew and Luke in concert with the Parable of the Mustard Seed. Jesus teaches us that the smallest amount of God’s power is enough to sustain the world.
33 Another parable spake he 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.