Another parable spoke he to them; The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal…
I. Our Lord teaches that the change He meant to effect in the world was a change, not so much of the outward form, as of the spirit and character of all things.
II. The method by which the kingdom of heaven is to grow, or by which the world is to he Christianized. Religion spreads by contagion. There must be a mixing; contact between those that are Christians and those who are not. This mixing is provided for in various ways.
(1) By nature, which sets us in families;
(2) By commerce;
(3) Casual acquaintance. There is a culpable refusal to mix, as well as an inconsiderate eagerness to do so.
(M. Dods, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.