Matthew 13:31 - 13:33
In Matthew 13:31-33, Jesus uses two parables to show how the Kingdom of God will advance without the use of physical force. The first parable compares the Kingdom to a mustard seed, which may be small at first but grows into a tree that provides a safe haven for birds. The second parable compares the Kingdom to leaven (yeast), which when mixed with dough, permeates and causes it to rise. According to Steve Gregg, these parables provide an optimistic vision of the Kingdom of God and demonstrate that it will continue to grow and spread throughout the world.