Thoughts From The Prophets: Walking With God

Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3).
There are two understandings of these words. Some take this to refer to agreement in direction. If you are headed south, and I am headed north, how can we walk together? Some understand this to refer to an agreed meeting place to walk together. “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?” (E.S.V.). George Adam Smith commented, “Do two men walk together except they have trysted? – except they have made an appointment. Hardly in the desert; For there men meet and take the same road by chance as seldom as ships at sea” (Smith, The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. 1, p. 82). The original word, yawad (agreed), seems to support the latter view (see: BDBG Lexicon).
If one holds to the first view, then this is about direction or agreement in direction. Consider: Leviticus 26:21, “Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me…”; Leviticus 26:23-24, “If… you… walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you…”
If one holds to the latter view, then this is about relationship and intent to walk together. This view is not much different from the first view. Both have to do with agreement in direction. However, this view has the additional idea of intention of walking together, fellowship. Consider: 1 John 1:6-7, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and Walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…”; 1 John 2:6, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked.”
Israel no longer walked with God. Coffman commented, “Israel’s having forsaken God’s way means that they are no longer ‘agreed’ with God. Can they continue together? The law of cause and effect operates to separate them” (studylight.org).
It is possible to walk with God. “Enoch walked with God” (Genesis 5:22, 24). “Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). Are you?
“Let me live close to Thee, Take my hand dear Lord, and guide me all along the rugged way; O let me live close to Thee, Let me walk and talk with Thee, dear Lord, each day” (Song: Let Me Live Close to Thee by J.R. Baxter, Jr.).

About Bryan Hodge

I am a minister and missionary to numerous countries around the world.
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