This is the first time in the Bible that the word translated “friend” is used. God communicated to Israel by Moses as a friend would to another. Seeing as Moses is a forerunner of Christ, we see that there is an intimate relationship between the Father and the Son, as Moses was the mediator between God and Israel, so Christ is Mediator. Therefore if we are represented by Christ then we can have joy in the most esteeming and glorious way; to us, God is a Friend of all friends. Our relationship with him is a “face-to-face” one.