On Leaven and the Heart

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On Leaven and the Heart

Matthew 13:33

He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

As Matthew Henry observes, just as leaven among unground grain does not work, so the gospel has no effect in souls unhumbled and unbroken for sin.  The Law grinds the heart: breaks it up, crushes it, and makes it tender.  Then the gospel leavens it and makes it better, sweeter, more savory.  But then, once it is prepared, it is put in the oven.  Trials and afflictions are necessary to grow our hearts, expand them, make them fit for the Master’s table.

Such a short parable—scarcely one sentence—with so much meaning.

Scott Gosnell founded Pros and Cons in 2003. He also has a day job as a practicing attorney in Birmingham, Alabama, which explains his complete irresponsibility with regards to his blogging schedule. In a former life he worked in several churches as a youth minister, where he was forced to do unspeakable things like chew ABC gum (Already Been Chewed), bob for liver (uncooked), and participate in condiment wrestling. Hey, would you look at that – I guess they are speakable. In addition to the practice of law, Scott is a certified law enforcement officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Alabama Historical Ironworks Commission, and a tactical firearms instructor. Scott and his wife, Donna, have three children, Caleb, Hannah Beth, and Austin. He also has a dog named Sierra and a cell phone named Curtis.

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