Jesus also said: The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a woman mixes a little yeast into three big batches of flour. Finally, all the dough rises. – Matthew 13:33 (Contemporary English Version)
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I love the implied comparison of yeast, which produces gas (carbon dioxide), to the work of the Holy Spirit, since the word “spirit,” along with “inspiration,” is based on breath. The image, in this case, has the flour being filled with breath to become bread, itself a synonym for the necessities of life.
Now, let’s get back to our kneading.
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Wherefore this Seed is sown in the Hearts of the Children of Men; as was set forth by the Parable of the Sower, and the Beginning, He spake many Things to them in Parables, Behold a Sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some Seed fell by the Way-side, &c. some fell among stony Places, &c. and some fell among Thorns. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)