Abraham: The Friend of God
October 16, 2005
In 2 Chron. 20:7, We find Jehoshaphat conversing with God: "Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
Then God, through the prophet Isaiah, once again mentions Abraham as His friend: "But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham My friend" (Isaiah 41:8).
INTRODUCTION: Today is "Friend Day," a time we have set aside to invite our friends and family members to church. Friends are important. Who doesn't need a friend? It is said that "if a person finds one true friend in a lifetime, he is a rich man."
A friend is one who helps in time of need, he listens when we need to talk, he rejoices when we are honored and he is sad when we are discouraged. A friend is someone who laughs when we laugh and he cries when we cry. Thomas Fuller said, "No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy."
A true friend is not a "fair weather friend," here today and gone tomorrow. No, a true friend is a friend for life. He/she is someone who walks with us through life, through thick and thin, through stormy weather and disappointment, through times of disagreement and conflict, a true friend is for life. I like what Shakespeare said: "To me, fair friend, you never can be old; for as you were when first your eye I eyed, such seems your beauty still."
Now, let's come back to the story of Abraham, the friend of God. The Bible says that Abraham was the friend of God. But who was Abraham? Abraham was a man who lived some 2,000 years before Christ. He was the father of the Jewish nation. His name means "Father of a multitude."
Abraham was the son of Terah, a descendant of Noah's son, Shem; he was married to Sarah, who later in her old age, bore him two sons--Ishmael and Isaac. (Genesis 11:27). Abraham's childho ...
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