Abraham the Friend of God

Gen 12:1-6

12:1 Now the LORD had said to Abram:

"Get out of your country,

From your family

And from your father's house,

To a land that I will show you.

2 I will make you a great nation;

I will bless you and make your name great;

And you shall be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you,

And I will curse him who curses you;

And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. NKJV

 

A friend is someone who likes you even though he doesn't need you anymore.

But the idea of someone being the friend of God is more than we can understand.

As we look at the situation over five hundred years have passed since the flood and people are once again involving themselves in idol worship and worshiping of creation rather than the creator.

Out of all this God speaks to one man, Abram. Abram and God have a marvelous relationship over the next twenty-five years and no doubt beyond. But we do not know much about Abraham once Isaac marries Rebekah.

It is not until later in the Bible that Abraham is referred to as the friend of God. Exodus 33:11 So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle. NKJV

2 Chronicles 20:7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? NKJV

Isaiah 41:8 "But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend. NKJV

  1. What does it mean to be a friend of God.
    1. It first means a mutual trust.
      1. Abraham trusted God as we see where he follows.
      2. Gen 12:4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. NKJV
      3. How well do we trust God?
        1. God can be trusted, for He never fails.
        2. He never forsakes us.
        3. He never betrays us.
        4. He will never let us down.
        5. He works all things together for our good.
      4. How do we show our confidence in God?
        1. Do we fret and worry?
        2. Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him for righteousness.
    2. But God also confided in Abraham Gen. 18:16
      1. Gen 18:16-19 16 Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. 17 And the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, 18 since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him." NKJV
      2. Can God trust in us?
        1. God gives to us according to our usage and faith.
        2. If we use what He give us in the right manner, He give us more.
        3. If we believe and obey what He reveals to us, He reveals more.
        4. But if we do not, it is like the parable of the talents. To those who used what they were given properly, more was given but if not, what they had was removed from them.
    3. It also means the will to do one good.
      1. God made great promises to Abraham
        1. I will make you a great nation;
        2. I will bless you and make your name great;
        3. And you shall be a blessing.
        4. I will bless those who bless you,
        5. And I will curse him who curses you;
        6. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
      2. A real friend will never seek our harm.
    4. Abraham obeyed and followed.
      1. This leads us to the next point.
  2. The test of friendship
    1. Obedience
      1. John 15:13-15 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. NKJV
      2. It was not that Abraham never made a mistake or disobeyed.
      3. But there were few times when Abraham wondered away from God's will and he never went very far.
    2. Faithfulness
      1. Faithfulness is tested in the hard times, not in the good times.
        1. 1 Peter 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, NKJV
        2. James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. NKJV
      2. Abraham was faithful even when.
        1. He found himself in a famine
          1. This happened twice.
          2. Heb 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. KJV
          3. But yet he did not return to his home land or his family.
          4. Of all the things that Abraham was not sure of, he was ever sure that God had called him from the former life to a new relationship with Himself.
        2. Although he found himself a strange and foreign people.
          1. As a matter of fact it says that Abraham went not knowing where he went.
          2. There would be fearfulness as this was an uncivilized land with not protection except from God.
        3. God did not fulfill His promise for 25 years
          1. God did not fulfill the promise of a son for 25 years until Sarah was 90 and Abraham was 100.
          2. Yet in all that time Abraham's faith never wavered.
          3. He might have wondered how God would bring this all about, but he never doubted that he would.
        4. God asked him to sacrifice Isaac.
          1. Jehovah God has never expected or accepted human sacrifice. Never before in the history of the line of Seth had the practice of human sacrifice been done.
          2. But among the heathen it was a common practice, especially among the people of the land of Canaan.
          3. But what about Isaac?
          4. How could God bless Abraham and give him a multitude of descendants through Isaac if he were to sacrifice Isaac.
          5. But even though Abraham did not understand yet he obeyed.
          6. He obeyed even when reason was against God.
          7. He obeyed even when everything in him told him no.
          8. Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called," 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. NKJV
    3. Companionship
      1. Everywhere Abraham went he built another altar to worship God on.
      2. Gen 8:20; Gen 12:7; Gen 12:8; Gen 13:18 ; Gen 22:9
      3. Jesus said, abide in me and I in you.
        1. What we have failed to realize is that God wants a relationship with us.
        2. Jesus came to make us sons not slaves.
        3. Jesus came to make us heirs not debtors.
        4. Jesus came to make us friends not to alienate us.

Do have that relationship with God?

Do you consider Him your Friend?

Are you His friend?

 

This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com