Notice again God’s instructions for eating the Passover in Exodus 12:11,”This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.” No neighborhood barbeque here. It was moving day. When God made deliverance from slavery possible, it was time to go. No lingering.
On the 14th of Aviv, another new festival began called the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As Passover was prepared, the Israelites had to sweep the yeast from their houses. For seven days nothing was to be made with yeast. This was a reminder of how quickly they had to leave. They had no time to wait and watch the leavening process, making the dough rise, soft and fluffy (Exodus 12:24). Also, in the Feast of Unleavened Bread, God was telling the Israelites to clean out their old way of life in Egypt. As the left Egypt physically, he wanted them to leave it behind spiritually as well.
Those who make homemade bread know exactly what to do when there’s no yeast in the cupboard. You just let a piece of dough sit out for a while. The natural yeast in the air mixes with the old dough and produces leaven. Then you can take the old dough and mix it with a new batch. It spreads quickly, leavening the entire lump.
In the New Testament, yeast and leaven are symbols of sin. Notice 1 Corinthians 5:6-7, “Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
How precious is our Passover Lamb! In response to the salvation Jesus provided, let’s not try and mix the old with the new God is doing. Let’s take a broom and sweep it out. All it takes is a little sin, and soon it spreads and contaminates every part. We wasted years living that way. He’s redeemed us, and we have places to go. He has a high calling for each of us. Let’s say goodbye to Egypt so God can lead us to a better place.
Here’s 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 in The Message:
“Your flip and callous arrogance in these things bothers me. You pass it off as a small thing, but it’s anything but that. Yeast, too, is a “small thing,” but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast. So get rid of this “yeast.” Our true identity is flat and plain, not puffed up with the wrong kind of ingredient. The Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has already been sacrificed for the Passover meal, and we are the Unraised Bread part of the Feast. So let’s live out our part in the Feast, not as raised bread swollen with the yeast of evil, but as flat bread—simple, genuine, unpretentious.”