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    Sunday Leftovers: Nameless

    June 2, 2016
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    Sunday we looked at Exodus 2:1-10 and learned how God providentially provided a Savior and that this should fill our hearts with wonder and compel us to step out in faithful obedience. 

    Recall with me that everyone is nameless in these verses save one person - Moses. This is a literary device designed to draw our attention to the fact that this passage is all about Moses. But as we saw, it is not ultimately about Moses. It is about an even greater Savior, the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Moses might be the most important name, in fact, the only name in Exodus 2:1-10. But Jesus is the name above all names. God, in his sovereign control, has seen to that. 

    And the point I didn't have time to make on Sunday morning is this:

    You and I, like the other person in Exodus 2, are the nameless persons. It is not about us. It is about Jesus.

    As John the Baptist said of Jesus and himself, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

    Or as Paul wrote in Galatians 6:14 – “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whichthe world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

    This is so liberating if we can see it and believe it. I do not have to prove myself. I do not have to earn self-worth or identity. I receive it by faith in Jesus Christ.

    There is a song I love by a group called the Gray Havens. Most people have never heard of them. But they have a song called “Stole my Fame (To: Grace)” and it opens this way:

    “You threw me down. You stole my fame. You would not stop until you crucified my name. You took my boast. Put it in the ground.”

    It is talking about the boast crushing, fame stealing, power of grace.

    Another line in the song says, “I got this spotless reputation not my own.”

    It is talking about how by faith in Jesus we are given the righteousness of God. We are declared righteous. We are given the spotless reputation of Christ himself. We are now beloved children of God.

    It is all about Jesus.

    So we cry out “Throw me down. Steal my fame. Don’t stop crucifying my name. Take my boast. Put in the ground.”

    Because it is all about Jesus.

    God’s providence has seen to that. 

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