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Luke Chapter 13

Parables of the Kingdom

Read Luke 13:18-21

Mustard Seed - Read Matt. 13:31-32 and compare to verse 19 The kingdom started small, but it grows

The birds of the air nested in its branches - Read Eph. 2:1-2 - Satan is described here as the prince of the power of the air -the phrase 'birds of the air' is symbolically referring unbelievers, those who are of the world- even they will benefit from the presence of God's kingdom (they nested in its branches)

Leaven - The influence of the kingdom spreads

Ironically, leaven is often used as a metaphor for sin in the Bible

For example, Luke 12:1 says "Beware the leaven of the Pharisees."

However, in this instance it is used to describe how the good influence of the kingdom will spread

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