Exodus 14: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

I love the Prince of Egypt! What an incredible work of art that so beautifully represents the first chapters of Exodus. One scene that I find particularly iconic is this one, which represents what we read in Chapter 14.

The beauty of film is that it allows us to visualize what we read on a page. Is this an exact representation of what happened? Not necessarily. But it does help inspire and encourage us. It helps us begin to grasp the magnitude of God’s power, the same power we read about in Chapter 14.

So we read in Exodus 14 that the troops of Pharaoh are fast approaching and the people get scared, and to be honest, fair enough! I can say that I would have probably been freaking out. They were stuck between a rock and a hard place, almost literally. They start to panic and cry out and ask Moses, “why did you bring us here man!?” It would be easy for us to shake our heads and go, “those silly Israelites,” but chances are lots of us would be feeling the same way! After all, how would they have known that the sea would be split in two? It had never happened before!

And maybe you’re in a place right now where you feel like the Egyptians. You’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Or maybe you’re not, but you can remember a time when you were. Either way, know that you are not alone! Many have gone before you and faced these same feelings of fear or frustration. Instead, allow the words that Moses speaks to the Israelites to speak to your heart,

’Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent’.” (Exodus 14:13b-14)

Remember that God delivers on his promise of salvation, even if that promise is answered in a way you might not have considered or thought possible (like a sea splitting in two perhaps?)

My prayer for you is that these words would bring comfort and joy to your soul, that in moments of fear and frustration you would remember the salvation God brings. I pray that you would see the Lord’s battle on your behalf and that you would come to Him in worship as a result of it.

— Zach

Application Questions

Is there a time in your life when you felt trapped between a rock and a hard place? Did you respond in fear and frustration like the Israelites?

How do Moses’ words speak to that situation?

How did God deliver you from that trapped place?