33. He also described the all-pervasive and powerful influence of the Kingdom to them using this simile: “The Kingdom of/from the heavens is like leaven, or sour dough yeast, which a woman took and covered over in three measures of meal or flour till all of it was leavened, or until all of the yeast had risen” In this way He described the Kingdom as something that has authority in three dimensions.
34. All of these ideas were presented to the crowds as Jesus spoke to them in allegorical stories, using these kinds of similes. In fact, He basically said nothing to them without employing this style of story-telling, and teaching technique.
35. Again, this was in fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open My mouth and tell my stories, and hidden within the simple plotlines of each one will be the revelation of mysteries which have been hidden since the foundation of the world.”
36. Then He left the throngs and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him saying, “Please, explain to us the story of the darnel in the field.”(* see Jeremiah 31:33, 34 and Hebrews 8:8-12)
37. He answered them, “All right… the One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
38. The field is the whole world as you know it, and the good seed are the children of the Kingdom. The darnel represents what was planted in the children by the enemy.
39. And the enemy who sowed it is that one who is an adversary to the authority of the Kingdom. The harvest is the close and consummation of this present age or eon, and the reapers are angels.
40. Just as the darnel is gathered and burned with fire, so it will be at the close of this age when judgment comes on this nation.
41. But, in the larger context (the field is the world), this is about more than just the judgment coming on this nation, and the end of this present era. Ultimately, the Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will cull out of His Kingdom all that which causes the practice of lawlessness in the children*.
42. And will cast it into the consuming fire of God, where the pain of the purification process will cause them to weep and grind their teeth, until its ends are accomplished.
43. Then the righteous…those who are righteous by faith, along with those who have been purified by fire…will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Let him who has ears to hear be listening, and let him consider and perceive and understand by hearing.