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YEAST    4'2m0f The parable of the yeast

ED --   And now, sit down, put your feet up, relax and listen to 
another edition of... Parables on Parade. Tonight's parable comes 
from Matthew chapter 13 beginning at verse 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." 

(door opens)

FRED -- (shouts afar) Right in here with that, fellas.

ED --   Of course, you will explain why you're bringing a bath tub 
into the studio.

FRED -- (afar) Set her right down there, guys. Good. And the 
bags... Stack the bags right here next to the tub. And you can 
leave the canoe paddle in the tub.

ED --   Excuse me?

FRED -- (near) Did you say something?

ED --   You were about to explain why you brought a bath tub into 
the studio.

FRED -- (chuckles) Well, I thought that was obvious. I will be 
duplicating the making of bread dough as described in the parable.

ED --   And to do that you'll need a bath tub, a canoe paddle and 
ten bags of cement.

FRED -- Pfff. You don't even know the difference between cement and 
flour.

ED --   Don't tell me. You're going to mix a batch of bread dough 
the size of a bath tub?

FRED -- Exactimua, misyour. First, we dump the ten bags of flour 
into the bath tub. (paper tears) One, (paper tears) two, (paper 
tears) three, (paper tears) four, (paper tears) five (cough), 
(paper tears) six (cough), (paper tears) seven (cough, cough), 
(paper tears) eight (cough, (paper tears) cough, cough)... where 
was I?

ED --   You were about to create a first stage air pollution alert.

FRED -- Your glib comments have fallen on deaf ears. We continue. 
(paper tears) Nine (cough), (paper tears) Ten (cough, cough). 
Ten 25-pound bags of flour into the tub. And now we add a few 
gallons of water with this fire hose.

ED --   Did you know that turning the fire hose on sets off the... 
(woosh, buzzzz) ...alarm?

FRED -- Take care of that will you?

ED --   Sure, why not? 

(click, alarm stops)

FRED -- I know what you're going to say. You going to say that I 
should have rehearsed this demonstration so that our listeners 
wouldn't have to put up with that ear-splitting fire alarm.

ED --   That about sums up my sentiments.

FRED -- Tish tosh, my friend. Creativity waits for no man. 

(sloshing)

Now, I mix the flour and water with the canoe paddle until we... 
achieve... a... pliable... dough. And now we are ready for the 
yeast.

ED --   Ah, before you add the yeast, I'd like to remind you that 
the parable calls for a SMALL amount of yeast. Don't you think a 
50-pound bag is a little much?

FRED -- Is this the same man who didn't know cement from flour? 
Listen, my friend, if a little yeast is good than a lot should 
be a lot better. 

(sloshing)

So, we add the bag of yeast to our bathtub full of dough and mix 
it... all... through... the... dough... as... the... parable... 
describes.

ED --   And just what are you hoping to prove with this 
demonstration?

FRED -- I haven't the foggiest idea.

ED --   You mean you got flour all over the furniture and sound 
equipment and water all over the floor and you don't know why 
you're doing it?

FRED -- Well, I can't think of everything. Why don't you tell our 
listeners what this parable means, while I mix... the... yeast... 
all... through... the... dough.

ED --   Well, usually in the Bible yeast is a symbol of evil. But in 
this case, because Jesus was comparison yeast to the kingdom of God, 
yeast must have some other meaning.

(sloshing stops)

FRED -- Well, the yeast is now thoroughly mixed through the dough.

ED --   In that case, I'll just step outside the studio. (door open, 
close)

FRED -- (afar) Where are you going? The dough is just beginning to 
rise.

ED --   I prefer to watch through the window in the door.

FRED -- (afar) Oh, dear, the dough is overflowing the tub.

ED --   Perhaps the parable has something to do with growth or 
expansion within the kingdom of God, such as starting with something 
small and growing to something very large and important.

FRED -- (afar) Can you get me a wheelbarrow and a shovel?

ED --   Tune in next time for another edition of...

FRED -- (afar) Hurry up, the dough is filling up the room.

ED --   Parables on Parade.

FRED -- (afar) I can't open the door, get me out of here!


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