Last time, I emphasised on the need for “Godly Friends”. Anyway, I got curious about friendships even more. So I decided to search the scriptures even more- I wanted specific examples and stories of good and bad friendships in the Bible. Interestingly, the Bible is jumbled with friendship stories- the good, the bad and the ugly. I love the Bible.
1.) Judas: he was a bad friend because he was self centred and put his interests over his friendship with Jesus. He was a fake friend, Jesus said Judas would betray him and Judas refuted. On the betrayal day, his fake kiss led to Jesus’ capture. Matthew 26:16-17, Luke 22:48-48
2.) Ahithophel: Another example of a fake friend. He was David’s “trusted” counselor and friend (Psalm 41:9) who not only fed the king with lousy advice and ultimately wanted to overthrow the kingdom (2 Samuel 15:10-17,23).
3.) Pharaoh’s cupbearer: Remember him? Joseph met him in jail. They became friends, Joseph interpreted his dream. He made a promise to Joseph that he would remember him when he got out of jail but he forgot Joseph (Genesis 40:1-23).
I will do a follow up post on good Biblical friendships worthy of emulation.