Amos 3:3 "Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?" NASB "Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?" NIV
These two traanslations of Amos 3:3 are intriguing to me. They are both rhetorical questions to which the answer is "Not normally", but what implications can be drawn from this verse. (I'm going to take this out of context, but the question leads to its own answer so I'll use the question and the answer to base the rest of my musing on.)
When I said not normally, I assumed that someone would come up with an example of people walking on the same sidewalk who are going to the same place, but I guess the answer should really be "no". In reality, people don't walk together unless there is some sort of communion with each other. There would be no communion if the people didn't consent to the others' company, or if they didn't acknowledge others, so we can safely assume that the people intend on "walking together".
What about the appointment? Well as you can see the word appointment is also translated to be an agreement between the two. The appointment doesn't necesarrily have to be premeditated from days or hours before, it may be a spontaneous appointment. (Often when I go to lunch I'll make an appointment to go with a friend as I'm walking out the door.) The appointment, in a way, is like saying, "Hey, do you want to walk to lunch with me?" Now, the other way of looking at the word is the agreement, which is really the reply to the appointment, "sure, when are you going?"
All this is to say, I think that, as per my previous post, as we walk with God we need to make sure that we don't miss the appointment, and that we are agreed with Him. It is easy to blame someone for missing their appointment, but God is omnipresent, so if you're not walking with Him, you can guess who's fault it is.
Galatians 5:16-18 says, "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law." Here I'm going to merge this post with my last. Our walk with God should be according to His Word, but we should also be walking by His Spirit. This passage says we are not under law, that is because, though we should be walking according to His Word, we are being led by the Spirit. So the parts of the Word that are the Law, which condemn our flesh, (Romans 7:6-8, 12-13) are now no longer applicable "for sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace" and "He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." (Romans 6:14 ,8:3b-4 ) So make an appointment with the Spirit and keep walking by Him.
Amos 3:3, Galatians 5:16-18, Romans 6:14, Romans 7:12-13, Romans 7:6-8, Romans 8:3-4
- Hi, my name is Justus, I'm a Christian.I attended Patrick Henry College for three semesters, and I transfered to College of the Ozarks in the fall of 2013 where I graduated as an English major in 2016. I love the Lord Jesus Christ the savior of my soul. He has made me new. He leads me in the Old Path; He is the Way. I am not perfect; my Lord is sanctifying me though.