Abraham Friend of God: Prototype of a Prophet (Prophetic People)
Three times in scripture Abraham is referred to as ‘friend of God’. Why was this title given to Abraham? What made him so different? James 2:23 says that “Abraham believed God and that it was counted to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend. What was it that made Abraham to be called God’s friend?
Abraham was called out of Ur of the Chaldees from a family and people who were all moon worshippers. Abraham set out on a journey not knowing where he was going but he was obedient to God’s voice.I see four things that set Abraham apart. Remember everything he did was before the law and Torah and sacrificial system. What a powerful faith.
- Prophet Abraham- Genesis 20:7 and 17. God told Abimelech to let Sarah go and not touch her and Abraham will pray for him because he is a prophet. So we see here the first mark of a prophet or prophetic people is prayer. Also later in Genesis 18:17-19 the Lord said, “shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” Later we see Abraham standing in the gap, as a barterer, interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah for God not to destroy these two cities. We see throughout scripture many examples of the prophets praying and interceding. Elijah of course was twisted and bent praying after his showdown at Carmel. Samuel and Daniel and of course Moses were all men who interceded and prayed for others. It is true that all prophets are intercessors but not all intercessors are prophets. But the church is a prophetic people and should be always praying and interceding.
- Trustworthy and Blameless – fear of God Genesis 22:12, 17-18; v. 12 the Lord said, “ do not lay a hand on the boy, now I know that you far God, because you have not witheld your son, your only son.” Abraham demonstrated holy, healthy fear of the Lord and at the same time proved himself to be trustworthy. God is looking for people who are trustworthy, people he can trust with whatever assignment he gives them. Also can He trust us with His secrets? In Amos 3:7 we find it says “surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets.” There are some things He shows us that are meant to be secrets until He is ready to have them revealed. Often He is wanting us to pray over a matter.
Being blameless does not mean you are perfect or even sinless, rather you are living a repentant lifestyle, and you are one who desires to please the Lord. You are not one given to cheat or steal, especially in subtle circumstances. You do not look the other way or wink at small sins thinking no one will ever know. No a blameless person is one who strives to do good and when there is a question of ethics or a simple mistake seeks to stay humble and not prideful. It is not about you or me it’s simply doing the right thing all of the time.
3. Obedient To The Voice of God: Genesis 22:18 God promised to bless Abraham and all nations would be blessed by his offspring just because he obeyed God’s voice. We know God had cut a covenant earlier promising among other things, that the nations of the earth would be blessed through his offspring. You see even though God promises us something He requires us to do our part. It may be as simple as just obeying His voice. We make it hard and difficult and come up with excuses. He is looking for those with a heart to obey the first time. Those who love the Lord God with all of their heart, mind, soul, strength, etc. A heart to say yes to God’s voice immediately demands that we surrender everything to Him to be useful fit vessels.
4) The Lord’s Agenda Genesis 22:18 Once again in this one verse we see another attribute of a prophet or prophetic person. Really, all of these apply to an disciple or follower of Christ. But those who speak the word of the Lord the requirements are tightened and more stringent. Abraham gave up his agenda. He knew the promises of God that applied to Isaac. He also knew God was faithful and would accomplish what he promised. Abraham had an agenda of his son, Isaac carrying on the family sheep business, and multiplying in number and would one day bless all of the families of the earth. Abraham didn’t know all that would be required by God to get to the place where his descendants would be like the sands of the sea.
In all that he did he surrendered and laid down his own agenda for the Lords. You see we all have callings and gifts, and promises from The Father. They are not for our own glorification, or our own agenda. We must empty ourselves of our plans or doing it our way every day. It’s God’s way and no other way. That is what a friend of God is, someone who puts his or her life on the cross and is raised up to newness of life in Christ. One whose sole purpose in life is to lay down their agenda every day. Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:31. “I die daily.” Let the be our motto as we seek to live to be ‘friend of God”.
There are many more qualities of a prophetic people, but my entire point is we need to let God develops character, and strive to be holy. No I’m not being legalistic. If we seek to be separated and used by Him, we must be holy, we need Godly character not what the world offers. I could look at other prophets lives and we could find these qualities in their lives. Men like Samuel, Moses, Daniel and Elijah. I pray the Lord will find each of us seeking to be His friend.