Are You Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place In Life?

Posted: November 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

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We have different ways to describe being in a difficult situation.

Some call it “a land mine type situation.”
Some call it being in “the pits.”
Others call it being “over a barrel.”
Others call it being “up a creek without a paddle.”

Whatever we call it, from time to time we all find ourselves in a situation in which there seems to be no good way out.

Such is the case when Pharaoh finally allows the Israelites to leave after the tenth plague. The Israelites stop at Succoth (12:37), a region probably between Rameses and Etham, for several days. There they sanctify to the Lord all their firstborn children and animals. Then, they observe the feast, or festival, of unleavened bread, by eating bread without leaven, or yeast, for seven days. This feast, like the Passo­ver, is used to educate future generations about what the Lord did for their ancestors (13:1-16).

Let’s look and see what Moses take with them to honor the request of one of their ances­tors (Gen. 50:25, Ex 13:19)?

Genesis 50:25
25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

Exodus 13:19
19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

Then in (13:21) They move from Succoth and camp at Etham on the edge of the wilder­ness, or desert. The Lord continues to go before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.

In (Psa.105:39) God spreads a cloud over them as a covering to keep them in the shade and cool in the daytime.
We also see in 14:19-20 Since nights in the desert are very cold, He also gives them a pillar of fire by night for light and heat.

After traveling several days in a southeasterly direction, God tells Moses to turn back and camp between Migdol (mig’-dol) and the sea. God knows this will make Pharaoh think the Israelites are wandering around in confusion.

As a result, in (14: 1-4b) Pharaoh’s mean heart will again harden and he will pursue them.

Lets read Exodus 14:4 and see what God then say to the Israelites (14:4c-d)?

Exodus 14:4
And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.

The following passage reveals what to do when you’re “between a rock and a hard place.”

1. Don’t panic (14:3-12).

Exodus 14:3-12
3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.
5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:
7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.
8 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.
10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.
11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

So we see in vs.3 …. The area where God leads the Israelites has shut them in. It is a culdesac with only one way out. As he has done in the past, Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues them with six hundred chosen chariots, as well as the rest of the chariots in Egypt.

These are the tanks of Bible times. Pharaoh also takes his army and catches the Israelites camped beside the shore of the Red Sea. Therefore, they are trapped (14:5-9).

When they see the mighty Egyptian army coming, the Israelites are terrified because they are “between a rock and a hard place.” They cry out to the Lord, even though they don’t really believe He will intervene.
Then in 10-12b they change their tune and lie by telling Moses that in Egypt they asked him to leave them alone and let them serve the Egyptians.

The lets look at what they say next to Moses (14:12c)?

Exodus 14:12 
12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

To the Israelites, this “exodus” looks like a big mistake. However, at the Red Sea, God is actually setting the stage for one of the greatest miracles in the Bible.

Right now, you may be facing your own “Red Sea.” Whatever it is, don’t panic. Instead, remember the promises found in scripture.

Proverbs 4:18
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

You can just barely see in the first light of early morning. But as you wait, the light gets brighter and brighter. Don’t panic; just wait on God, and His plan will get brighter and brighter with time, until you stand in the full light of day. Someday (maybe not until you get to heaven) you will say, “Now I see why!” As someone has said, “Never judge the path God leads you on until you get to the end.” We don’t get to the end until we get to heaven.

When you are “between a rock and a hard place,” don’t panic and . . .

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