31 He told another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field. 32 It’s the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.” 33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in a bushel of wheat flour until the yeast had worked its way through all the dough.” 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. 46 When he found one very precious pearl, he went and sold all that he owned and bought it. 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that people threw into the lake and gathered all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, they pulled it to the shore, where they sat down and put the good fish together into containers. But the bad fish they threw away. 49 That’s the way it will be at the end of the present age. The angels will go out and separate the evil people from the righteous people, 50 and will throw the evil ones into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?”Jesus asked. They said to him, “Yes.” 52 Then he said to them, “Therefore, every legal expert who has been trained as a disciple for the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings old and new things out of their treasure chest.” (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, CEB)
It seems from reading this that the kingdom of heaven is a hidden thing…
The Kingdom of Heaven is something people look for but can’t find. Maybe that is because they really don’t know what they are looking for.
We all have a picture of what Heaven looks like, some of that is probably from what we have read in the Bible about Heaven, and some of it is probably from what we learned in Sunday School or other places. But what is right about that?
This passage also makes me think of our current state of affairs in the United States and how we are fighting over wearing masks or not. And how much different would that and all discussions be if we actually thought of the other before ourselves?
You see the second parable Jesus told the disciples was that the kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman hid in a bushel of flour. Have you ever tried to remove yeast from flour once it’s been added? It is impossible to remove yeast from flour Once you put it in, it is leavened, and there is no going back.
Makes me think of 1 Corinthians 13:12 “Now we see a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known.” I only know partially now, but I will know everything when the kingdom is complete, now I look in a mirror, but then I will see face to face. I think Paul is saying the kingdom of heaven is all around us, and we can’t see it yet completely because of our flesh and sinful nature, but when the completion of what God is doing is here we will see what is all around us.
We need to know that God is present in everything around us and know that God’s love is needed in the world. We are the leaven, the yeast, the kindness the world needs. So don’t look in the mirror and see what people show you, look with eyes of God’s love, and spread kindness wherever you go.