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How Their Friendship Grew

The English word "friend" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, pronounced free-und (the English word "free" originated from the first part of that word) which meant to love, or more specifically, to freely choose to love i.e. friends are freely chosen based upon nothing more than an affection, a liking. Although friendship has a starting point, it takes time to grow. That holds true for people, and it holds true for the LORD. A prime example of that was the friendship between the LORD and Moses.

Moses' association with the LORD began on a "professional" level. At their first meeting, Moses wasn't permitted to see the LORD at all. His Presence was manifested by the light of a bush that functioned as a lamp.

"3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3:3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

3:4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.

And he said, Here am I.

3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God." (Exodus 3:2-6 KJV)

"The LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend"

Throughout the events of the Exodus and Moses' service to the LORD, their friendship grew until Moses was permitted to see the LORD, except for His Face.

The Holy Scriptures

"33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.

33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

33:21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 33:22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 33:23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen." (Exodus 33:17-23 KJV)

As the years went on, the friendship grew until Moses was also permitted, at times, to see and speak with the LORD "face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend."

"33:7 And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.

33:8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.

33:9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.

33:10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend." (Exodus 33:7-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who was "the LORD" that Moses knew and spoke with as a friend?
1 Corinthians 10:1-9 and see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'


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