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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.
"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.
"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.
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.
Fact Finder: Who was "the LORD" that Moses knew and spoke with as a friend?