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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|MAY 1, 2016
|MAY 8, 2016
|MAY 15, 2016
BILL VAN RYN
|MAY 22, 2016
TIM VAN RYN
|MAY 29 2016
“…the maid that is of the land of Israel.” (2 Ki. 5:4)
A person doesn’t have to be known by name in order to accomplish great exploits for God. In fact,
some of the people in the Bible who won immortal fame are not identified by their names.
There were the three men who brought water to David from the well of Bethlehem (2 Sam. 23:13-17).
David considered this act of devotion so remarkable that he would not drink the water but poured it
out as a holy offering. But the men are unnamed.
We do not know the name of the great woman of Shunem (2 Ki. 4:8-17) but she will always be
remembered for building a prophet’s chamber for Elisha.
It was an anonymous Jewish maid whose advice sent Naaman to Elisha to be healed of leprosy (2 Ki.
5:3-14). God knows her name, and that is all that matters.
Who was the woman who anointed the head of Jesus (Mt.26:6-13)? Matthew does not give her name,
but her fame is announced in the words of our Lord, “Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel
shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a
memorial of her” (v. 13).
The poor widow who cast her two mites into the treasury is another of “God’s unknowns” (Lu. 21:2).
She illustrates the truth that it’s wonderful how much you can do for God if you don’t care who gets
Then, of course, there was the lad who gave his five loaves and two fishes to the Lord and saw them
multiplied so that they fed 5000 men plus women and children (John 6:9). We don’t know his name
but what he did will never be forgotten.
A final illustration! Paul sent two brothers to Corinth with Titus in connection with a collection for the
poor saints in Jerusalem. He does not give their names but he eulogizes them as messengers of the
churches and the glory of Christ (2 Cor. 8:23).
As Gray looked at the tombstones of obscure people in a country churchyard, he wrote:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness in the desert air.
With God, however, nothing is wasted. He knows the names of all those who serve Him anonymously,
and He will reward in a manner that is worthy of Himself.
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1927-2007
Philip Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Phil and
his wife Anne are the parents of four grown
children. They have fifteen grandchildren and five
great grandchildren. Their son Mark and his wife
Karen served as missionaries in Vienna, Austria for
many years. Philip serves as an elder and Sunday
school teacher in our adult class. He and Anne have
fellowshipped at Grace Bible Chapel since the mid