Exodus 2:21-22. 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”
A lot happens in Exodus 2.
Moses is born.
Moses is hidden.
Moses is adopted.
Moses grows up.
Moses kills an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew.
Moses fears for his life.
Moses runs away.
Moses gets married.
Moses has a son – and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”
Moses must have struggled with his identity. Who was he? Was he a Hebrew? Was he supposed to be a slave? Was he an Egyptian? Was he supposed to be a prince? Should he be beating the Hebrew slaves or rescuing them?
When he chooses to rescue one (taking matters into his own hands) he soon learns that Egypt is against him (“when Pharaoh heard it he sought to kill Moses”). He’s not an Egyptian like he thought he was. But the next day the Hebrew people also turn against him (“Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”). So he’s not a Hebrew either.
Who am I? Have you ever asked this question? Where do I fit in? Have you ever wondered this?
When Moses runs away to the deserts of Midian he meets Zipporah and soon marries her and lives with her family. When he has his first son he names him Gershom or Stranger. Moses has just rejected his Egyptian identity.
But who will he be instead?
In Christ we have been given a whole new identity. We are Gershom. We are sojourners in a foreign land. In Christ we never have to doubt WHO we are, because we never have to doubt WHOSE we are. Our new identity is Jesus himself. His life is our life. His pedigree is our pedigree. His status is our status. His future is our future. His sonship is our sonship.
Moses chased a false identity for decades. Son of Egypt. And all the false glory that came with it. What are you chasing? Career identity? Sexual identity? Beauty identity? Instagram identity? Church identity? Intellectual identity? Are you tired yet? Is it time to embrace who God says you are? Is it time to go to “Midian” and figure out what Christ declares over you?
In Exodus 2 Moses has only just begun. He knows who he’s not. But who is he? Well chapter 3 will answer that. But for now faith is at work in Moses.
Hebrews 11:27. By faith [Moses] left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
Will you leave “Egypt” by faith today? Not fear. Faith. Faith in an invisible God who became visible for us on the cross. Will you trust what the cross has done in and for you? Will you let the cross be your new identity?
“To live is Christ” is to be a stranger in a foreign land. It is to claim a whole new identity in the cross while rejecting the false identities of the world around us.