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Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Amos 3:3  NKJV.

Agreed, ya’ad, Strong’s # 3259: to fix upon by appointment or agreement. To meet (at a stated time), to summon (to trial), to direct (in a certain quarter or position), to engage (for marriage), to agree (make an).

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In Amos’s question, the word “together” means to walk as a unit, as one. Two people walk to the same destination at the same pace and with the same rhythm. They also must have “agreed” to take the walk of unity, as unit with oneness.

Amos is not talking about a chance meeting between people taking a stroll, who decide to saunter together. The root word in Hebrew is “agreed” is to “fix upon,” and also means “a summons to a set tribunal at a fixed time and place.” The same word is translated “to betroth,” indicating a mutual commitment.

So the meaning is, “How can two walk in oneness unless they have met and go in the same direction?” Now we are at the heart of Amos’s prophecy. God elected Israel to be His people, but they were not walking in oneness with Yahweh. In fact, they were heading in different directions! They were not walking the walk, or talking the talk.

Amos is quick to point out the inconsistencies in the people’s attitude toward the hungry, the poor, and the disadvantaged. It is a mockery to say we belong to God and then not walk with Him. There can be no unity with one another until we all walk with God.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Delight in Truth
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 16:35:35

    I always viewed this verse as referring to something very serious, like a contract, a marriage, a walk with God, holiness, etc…

    Great insight, Manny!

    Reply

    • Mannyr
      Feb 26, 2014 @ 18:01:50

      This verse rang true for me recently when our leadership announced a night of worship with Roman Catholics to promote unity in the Body of Christ. I am not against Catholic believers, i just do not accept their beliefs and practices. I have lived long enough to hear many join in on this call to unity only to have it go nowhere in reality. Far too many evangelicals have pursued this since 1800’s and too what end? The quail are in step with each other, a very significant picture for me.

      The point made by leadership was that certain men had felt our Lord wanted them to promote unity among Christians. I know this sounds like some rant,but where is the Body of Christ today? Fragmented even within groups who are Scriptural and for the sake of unity compromise the Word of God in practice.

      Far too much easy-sleazy!

      Reply

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