Yes, in the above verses we see the Israelites taking their dough before the yeast was added and later using it to bake loaves of unleavened bread.
The verse below says: the dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.
39With the dough the Israelites had brought from Egypt, they baked loaves of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves. (Exodus 12, 39)
Here, the reason why they ate the unleavened bread was that they could not add yeast to the dough as they left in a hurry. However, I am not sure if they still had yeast with them or not. It seems like they did not have; if they had, definitely they would have added them on the way.
Though, the Israelites leaving Egypt with dough made without yeast seems to be accidental; or something that forced up on them by the circumstances; actually, it was not. It seems like the LORD Almighty had arranged in this manner for us to learn a few lessons from it.
As you know the Israelites were the slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt. They lived a very miserable life under the heavy hands of Pharaoh’s Task Masters; they worked 24×7 and their hands were never set free from the baskets of Pharaoh.
They were really groaning under the heavy burden laid on them by their task masters and they cried out to the LORD Almighty day and night to deliver them from the hands of Pharaoh.
Finally, the LORD sends Moses to bring them out of Egypt and, because of the LORD’s mighty hand, he succeeded in delivering the Israelites from the evil hands of Pharaoh.
However, when the Israelites left Egypt, Though, they remembered to take all their belongings they still did not take yeast with them. they left without yeast i.e. they left Egypt leaving behind the yeast which symbolizes everything sinful in Egypt.
As you know, yeast, in the Holy Bible, always symbolized sin; we could find a few Bible verses that confirm this fact.; let us examine them.
6Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?
7Get 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.
In verse 7 Apostle Paul is asking the Corinthians to get rid of the old yeast; that is the old sinful self, so that you might be new unleavened batch of dough that is without yeast or sin.
Moreover, in verse 8 he is asking the Corinthians to keep the Feast of the Unleavened Bread as people without sin; without malice and wickedness.
In addition, in Exodus 12 too we find the LORD instructing the Israelites to keep yeast out of their homes while celebrating the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread.
14“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.
15For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel.
16On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat; that is all you may do.
17“Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.
18In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day.
19For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel.
Please remember; though we see these two festivals – the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread being instituted a very long time before the birth of Christ, at the time of the Israelites leaving Egypt, they, in fact, still represented Christ.
For e.g. Christ was the real Passover Lamb that was sacrificed for the sins of the humanity.
And also, Christ was the real Unleavened Bread; the real bread without yeast or sin that came down from Heaven.
Unfortunately; these two festivals, though they represent Christ, contemporary Christians (Mainstream Protestant Christians think these Feasts are Jewish forgetting the fact that their Saviour was a Law Observing Jew) do not celebrate them though the early church did keep these festivals for Christ. That is why Apostle Paul is asking the Corinthians to keep the festival.
Next let us examine what we, believers in Christ, can learn from the above story of the Israelites leaving Egypt without Yeast.
Like the Israelites we too were once the slaves of a Pharaoh whom we call the adversary or Satan. He kept us under his control and put us to hard labor without any rest or relief.
We were in bondage to sin and rebellion. We did many things to fulfill the wishes of our task masters which brought more and more misery into our lives. We were rejected and forsaken with no one to plead our case or fight for our cause.
However, the LORD Almighty heard our cry for mercy and came down to deliver us. He delivered us from the bondage of the Pharaoh through the precious blood of Christ shed on the cross at Calvary.
But How do we begin the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land? Should we take the yeast of Egypt with us when we set out from the land of Pharaoh? No, we should not take with us our sinful lifestyle; we should leave all objects of sin in Egypt.
Like the Israelites we should depart from Egypt without yeast; we should become as pure as the new-born babies who drink pure milk.
1Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter, 2, 1-3)
Unfortunately, this truth is not sinking into the hearts of believers in Christ. Majority of the Christians begin their journey from Egypt to Israel with yeast.
They carry with them the old yeast; the old sinful lifestyle. They say they met Christ while living in Egypt but still there is no change in their lives. They still love all the filth of Egypt. They watch all the filthy Hollywood movies that glorify everything God Almighty Hates.
They still continue in their life of sexual immorality and fornication. Their hearts are full of jealousy and hatred. Though they were called to be servants they still strive to become masters.
They still compete with everybody around them to be better than others. I am not saying you should not compete with others. But the problem comes when we compete in order to deny others things that rightfully belong to them.
In the midst of our congregations there are still people who resort to worldly methods to become rich and famous. They love praise and recognition from the world exactly like the people of Egypt.
If we examine today’s Christian congregations; we could find that, majority of the people who claim to be born-again believers in Christ have entered into the promised land with yeast in their bags.
They still continue in their sinful life style without any sense of guilt. Saints, we don’t need to look anywhere else to find the evidence for this. Just look at the magnitude of family disintegration; divorce and sexual immorality among Christians; the statistics might shock you.
So, what is the fundamental reason? The fundamental reason is: shepherds allow people to come into their congregations without leaving the yeast in Egypt.
For the sake of increasing the head-count and filling the offering boxes they let in everything that belong to the land of Pharaoh.
Saints; once we are in Christ; we are a new creation; our old sinful lifestyle has no place in the new kingdom of Christ. There is no room for the yeast of Egypt in the promised Land of God Almighty.