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The King's Friend

Are You a Friend of the King?

Have you ever thought about the significance of Jesus calling us His "friends"?

In Matthew 11:19, Jesus says that others were calling Him a "friend of tax collectors and 'sinners' ". Surely, they meant it as an insult ... yet a truer statement could not be said. He has treated each of us as dear and beloved "friends".

He said this: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). And surely He laid down His life for us.

In the section that follows (portions of John 15:14-17) He elaborates on this "friendship":

"You are my friends if you do what I command. I no long call you servants.... Instead, I have called you friends.... This is my command: Love each other."

He showed us His friendship, and cherishes our friendship toward Him as well.

Hushai the Arkite , the King's Friend

In recent weeks, I have been reading from sections of the Old Testament, in which many sections are very "dry", often filled with lists of names and records, lest history forget who was involved in Israel's past, and what roles they played.

In reading through 1 Chronicles, after a huge list of Levites, Singers, Gatekeepers, Treasurers, Officials, Army Divisions, and Overseers; suddenly I was struck by this sentence: "Hushai the Arkite was the king's friend" (1 Chronicles 27:33b) ... referring to King David.

I encourage you to open the Bible and read some more of this passage. Look at the HUGE lists of names and the reason each name is included for posterity.

Then think ... how would I like to be remembered? I can think of no greater honor than to be known as a "friend of the King".

Who Was Hushai?

I looked into this "Hushai the Arkite", and encourage you to do the same. In essence, what he did, was to thwart a plan by which David's son Absalom intended to kill him. David had asked Hushai to infiltrate Absalom's ranks. As a result of Hushai doing so, God alerted David to Absalom's plans, and saved David's life.

His acts of friendship are daring and full of intrigue, but would take too long to go into here. If you are interested, I would encourage you to take the time to read it for yourself in the following passages: 2 Samuel 15:1 to 18:33 (particularly these sections -- 2 Samuel 15:30-37, 16:15-19 and 17:5-16).

Jesus, Our Friend, the King

Jesus laid down His life for you. He has proved His love and friendship, even though that may be hard to accept. The King desires to call you "friend".

How do you respond to that? Is it your highest honor to be called His "friend"?

Would you love such an offer, but don't think you are "worthy" of such an honor?

Remember, when He walked this earth, His attitude and actions caused others to "insult" Him by saying He was a "friend of ... sinners". That just about sums it all up. We ALL fit into that category.

Won't you come to Him today and let Him pour His love and friendship into you ... healing what has hurt you, and causing your own love to spring up toward Him?

We can be remembered for many things in this life.... Oh, to be known as a "friend" of King Jesus.

October 18, 2003

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