One of the symbols of the passover event, and the release of the people of Israel from Egypt, is unleavened bread. Our passage today tells us why this became such an important symbol. We read that, when the horror of the 10th plague swept across the land, the Egyptians were so anxious to be done with the Hebrews that they could not get rid of them fast enough. They urged them to go so quickly that the Hebrews had no time to get any supplies together for their departure. They could not wait for the bread to rise and so they just baked it as it was – unleavened. Thus, the unleavened bread became a symbol of the swiftness in which the salvation of the Lord comes to His people when that moment arrives. The Hebrews had to wait 430 years, but when the moment finally arrived, it happened with speed.
Our salvation is going to come in just such a manner. We have been waiting for almost 2000 years, and who knows how much longer we will wait. But when the day of our salvation comes, it will come in an instant, in the blink of an eye. As it says in I Corinthians 15:51-52.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
When that “twinkling of an eye” happens, people will instantly find themselves on one side of salvation or the other. For the people of God, we will find ourselves thrust quickly, even instantly, into our own Promised Land!