TOPIC: A CHERISH FRIENDSHIP
Memory verse:-"Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba
(that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to
weep over her. Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the
Hittites. He said, "I am an alien and a stranger among you. Sell me some property for a
burial site here so I can bury my dead.” The Hittites replied to Abraham, "Sir, listen to
us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs.
None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.”
Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. He
said to them, "If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and
intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf so he will sell me the cave of
Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me
for the full price as a burial site among you.” Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his
people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the
gate of his city. "No, my lord,” he said. "Listen to me; I give you the field, and I give
you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”
Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land and he said to Ephron in
their hearing, "Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from
me so I can bury my dead there.” Ephron answered Abraham, "Listen to me, my lord;
the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, but what is that between me and you?
Bury your dead.”
Every friendship is based on something; some people be friend others because of money, help, or who they are. But Ephron was different he showed a good sign of cherishing his friendship with Abraham. His words, "Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, but what is that between me and you?” was indeed a relief. Do not be a victim of peoples’ scam in the name of friendship. Be wise in your friendship, because it can promote or demote your whole life.
Prayer:-pray for your friends
What to meditate on:
Who are you to your friends and who are they to you?