Abraham: A Friend of God
Genesis 12:1-8; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23; 2 Chronicles 20:7
INTRO. I never knew before that God ever needed a friend - I need companionship. I need advice and council and correction. I need to be cheered and comforted. I often feel lonely - I often miss my way of life. Often I commit myself to rash ill-considered steps. I often hurt both myself and other men with me. And therefore I need near me a faithful friend, a friend to speak to me in time and with wisdom and with both sympathy and encouragement.
God's Word says, ''A friend loveth at all times and a brother is born for adversity.'' And there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
''Faithful are the wounds of such a friend ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by faithful council.'' ''Iron sharpenth iron and so doth a man sharpen the countenance of his friend.''
Yes, you and I need a friend - but surely not God and yet it stands written out in scripture after scripture that Almighty God endeavored to get a true friend in Abraham and got one! Of no other man does God call ''My Friend.''
What do we know of Abraham?
He is just mentioned in Genesis 11:26 and for chapter after chapter his thrilling adventures fill the pages of God's Word through Genesis 25:10. We read about him in Joshua, I Chronicles, Nehemiah, Psalm, Acts, Romans, Galatians, James and I Peter and more than 300 times his name is mentioned in the Bible.
He was born a son of Terah. Joshua 24:2, whose name was derived from moon - His father worshipped other Gods.
Somewhere near 2000 BC was the date of his birth and he was born during a period of great prosperity and progress. The Sumerians who ruled the land where he lived used metals - lived in great carefully planned cities - (irrigation ditches) a system of writing - code of law and government.
(God called him out - Chapter 12) - took all his possessions to serve God ...
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