The Conversation of a Friend

And [God] brought [Abram] outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them."
The Conversation of a Friend
These accounts are outstanding because the voice of God is heard in them. Thus this very passage, because of God's extensive conversation with Abraham, deserves to be regarded as highly important. For God speaks with Abraham in a manner that is no different from the way a friend speaks with a close acquaintance and another friend. It is God's practice to do so, and this is His nature. After He has properly afflicted His own, He shows Himself most benevolent and pours Himself out completely.
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