Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Lent Daybook, 22: What is the kingdom of God like?

My Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Join me, won't you? (see previous Lent daybook 2016 posts here)

World's Smallest Seed
James B. Janknegt

He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”  
And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”
all readings for the day: Psalm 39; Numbers 13:17-27; Luke 13:18-21

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (source)



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Make homemade yeast with sourdough starter. Consider Jesus's description of the kingdom of God as leaven hidden in the flour. Contrast that to the Jewish custom of removing all leaven from their homes for Passover. What are some implications of leaven being compared to sin in the Jewish law and being compared to God's kingdom in Jesus's teaching?


(see all Lent daybook posts from 2015 

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