7/18/2011

Kingdom of Heaven like a batch of beer

Wednesday July 27th, Matthew 13: 33 He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough." I am brewing a batch of beer while I write this. In the kitchen I am cooking up the grains, boiling the wort, adding some hops to counter the sweet with some bitterness and then cooling it down before I add the yeast. The yeast comes in a foil pouch with nutriment and some yeast in a small packet inside. I broke open the inside packet last night so the yeast and the nutriment could mix. Right now the packet looks like it is ready to explode. The yeast has come in contact with the nutriment and is working. After mixing it in the cooled wort, it will start working even more using the beer wort as nutriment. By tomorrow, the water in the airlock will just be bubbling away and if you look in the glass jug, it will almost seem to be alive with movement. The Kingdom of heaven is like the yeast in a batch of beer, a little bit is added, and before you know it the whole batch comes alive and is transformed into something new. After a little clarifying and maturing, this something new is also very refreshing. Sometimes we humans like to try to skip the clarifying and maturing part. Yeast in wort is just not the same as beer. The clarifying and maturing is where the faith community comes in.

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