33Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
The fourth parable is about how evil can penetrate the kingdom of heaven unabated. This parable links to the previous one (mustard seed), as both move from small to great.
Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven,
Yeast (leaven) almost always represents evil in the Bible. Yeast works internally to transform the nature of the dough. A small amount of yeast will penetrate throughout the flour or dough by a high state of fermentation. The dough rises to such a degree that the loaf of bread becomes huge.
which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal [one-and-a-half gallons] till it was all leavened.”
Jesus used leaven as a symbol for false doctrine. This parable emphasizes the ultimate consequences of false doctrine penetrating the borders of the kingdom.
False doctrine has permeating and pervasive power.
False doctrine will infiltrate all aspects of the kingdom until Jesus sets up His Millennial kingdom on earth at the end of the Tribulation. Counterfeit Christianity is always a pervasive danger to the integrity of Christianity. Ultimately, Christendom will end in complete apostasy.