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Exodus 14; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Exodus 14; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

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1. God planned to lead the people of Israel through rough and difficult terrain (for a purpose)

(a) God took them through a long route than a very short route (Exodus 13:17-22)
(b) God brought them to a place of no escape—hard and a rock place, hemmed them in, tightened the noose, end of the cliff, etc.

2. The people of Israel only saw the situation around, but failed to see God’s plan (10-12)

(a) They saw the Pharaoh and his army
(b) They feared greatly—fear energizes or demoralizes. The former propels us to act and later makes us to compromise. In the midst of fear, one tends to run

3. God’s plan was to build their faith when they were between “rock and a hard place” (13-30)

(a) Stop fearing (verse 13)—the use of (’al) with the jussive has the force of “stop fearing.” It is a more immediate negative command
(b) Stand firm (verse 13)
(c) See the salvation/deliverance (verse 13)

4. The imminent death and apparent insecurity were God’s platform to reveal His power (verse 31)

(a) They saw (sensory seeing, perceptive seeing, and intellectual seeing)
(b) They feared
(c) They believed (they became convinced that he would save them in the future)

5. Apostle Paul faced hardships (2 Corinthians 1:3-11)

(a) Ailment, persecution, or emotional distress?
(b) Under great pressure, far beyond his ability to endure, so that he despaired even his life (verse 8)—to be at loss psychologically
(c) Lost hope of living (verse 9)—sentence of death
(d) Misunderstood (1:12-2:4)
(e) Hurt by an individual (2:5-11)
(f) Harassed (cf. 7:5)

6. When Apostle Paul was hurt, he looks to God (verse 9)

(a) “This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead”
(b) “He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us”

7. Paul teaches how God alone is the Savior in any situation (verse 10)

(a) Hurts happen when expectations are placed on humans and materials
(b) Paul says, “On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us”

8. Take Away

Suspend all your strivings if you are between rock and a hard place and let God to bring out His plan