Amos 3:3 - My Lord and I.
Amos 3:3: My Lord and I.
CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word
Amos 3:3 (KJV) Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Amos 3:3 (CWR) Can two people walk together unless they both
agree to do so?
Amos 3:3 (TLB) For how can we walk together with your sins
CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:
Israel's sins required punishment (3:1-15). Amos cried out
against the pampered wives of the wealthy (4:1-3), corrupt worship (vv.
4-5), and indifference to God (vv. 6-13). The nation had to seek the
LORD and do justice (5:1-15), or face the dark "Day of the LORD" (vv.
18-20). God hated Israel's corrupt religion (vv. 21-27), and would judge
her for her complacency and pride (6:1-14). [The 365-Day Devotional
3:1-15 Certainty of Destruction
Because God had taken the Israelites into a special relationship
with himself, he would hold them accountable for the unique privilege
of having him as their loving and disciplining Father (3:1-2). Amos
made an appeal to the law of cause and effect to prove that no
calamity came upon Jerusalem except by God's sovereign determination
(3:6). Ashdod and Egypt (3:9) were representative of heathen nations
that had witnessed Israel's iniquity, and they would witness against
Israel before God.
The judgment on the northern kingdom (3:11-15) was fulfilled in
722 B.C. after a three-year siege and capture of Samaria by the
Assyrians (cf. 2 Kings 17:1-6). Bethel (Amos 3:14), an idolatrous worship
center, would be desecrated (1 Kings 12:32). The "horns of the altar"
were a place of refuge (Amos 3:14; cf. Exod. 21:14; 1 Kings 1:50),
but even this refuge would be denied Israel in her day of judgment.
The "houses adorned with ivory" (Amos 3:15; "houses of ivory," NASB)
referred to houses with ivory inlays in wooden panels and revealed the
vast wealth and waste in Israel. Many of these ivory inlays have been
found in the excavation of Samaria. [New Bible Companion]
Israel's Guilt and Punishment (3:1-4:5)
The LORD Will Punish Israel for Its Immoral Behavior (3:1-15)
All the Tribes Are Guilty
CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.
Genesis 5:22 (KJV) And Enoch walked with God after he begat
Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Genesis 6:9 (KJV) These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a
just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Genesis 17:1 (KJV) And when Abram was ninety years old and
nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty
God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
2 Cor. 6:14-16 (KJV) Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and
what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath
Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an
infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for
ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell
in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall
be my people.
Mat 12:25 (KJV) And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto
them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation;
and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?
Observe the seven result-cause questions in vv. 3 - 6, [Scofield
These verses constitute an explanation for the entire prophecy
of Amos. [Believer's SB]
The questions in verses 3-6 are calculated to show Israel how
her sin had separated her from God. [Ryrie SB]
Each picture is of cause and effect, using figures drawn from
daily life--and culminating in divine action (v. 6). [NIV SB]
3:3-6 This series of rhetorical questions illustrates the
seriousness, certainty, and righteousness of God's impending action against
Israel. Each question is framed so as to require a resounding "no" as
its answer. [Nelson SB]
3:3-6 With a series of seven rhetorical questions, Amos shows
how two events can be linked together. Once one event takes place,
the second will surely follow. Amos was showing that God's
revelation to him was the sure sign that judgment would follow. [Life
Amos 3:3-14. In this passage Amos developed a simple theme:
causes are related to effects. Thus people walk together because they
have agreed to do so (v. 3), no bird falls into a trap unless one has
been set (v. 5), and the sounding of a watchman's warning trumpet
causes a city's citizens to tremble (v. 6). What cause then did God
send His prophet to link with what effect?
Normally a nation loots its enemy's fortresses. But Israel,
which did "not know how to do right" plundered and looted "in their
[own] fortresses" (v. 10). Because the society was corrupt and the
rich unjustly looted the poor of their own land, "an enemy will
overrun the land" (v. 11). The cause of the coming disaster was the
injustice that was deeply entrenched in Israel's society.
Exercising his prophetic gift, Amos foresaw a day when Israel
would be punished for her sins, when her worship centers would be
razed, and the mansions of the rich would be left smoldering ruins (vv.
Cause and effect operate in the moral as well as physical realm.
This is the impact of Amos' teaching, and we need to take it to heart
today. Any individual or nation that abandons justice as a guide to
personal and social action in effect loots his or its own fortresses.
One's only sure defense against disaster crumbles, and ruin will
surely follow. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
When God's people become so depraved they forget how to act
rightly, they are ripe for God's discipline. False worship and greed rob
people of moral sensitivity and make judgment necessary. [Disciple SB]
God has the sovereign right to choose a people for Himself. He
has the sovereign freedom to punish us when we disobey. Historical
acts are not accidents. God controls them in His sovereignty.
"Shall two walk together at all, if they do not know one
another?" To "walk together" with God means, not an occasional act, but a
continuing habit that issues from an established relation. It means a
companionship based upon a mutual harmony of mind and spirit. Two people must
go in the same direction if they are to walk "together." [SDA
They could not expect communion with God, unless they first
sought peace with him. Where there is not friendship, there can be no
fellowship. God and man cannot walk together, except they are agreed. Unless
we seek his glory, we cannot walk with him. [Matthew Henry
Priscilla is inseparable from her husband because "their two
hearts beat as one." They walked as one, for they had mutually agreed
to put Christ first. They were one in marital bliss, in their
secular occupation, in their friendship with Paul, and in their service
to the chruch. The oneness of Priscilla and Acquila shame the
self-centeredness of our day. We spend much of our time demanding our own way,
and striving for self-recognition. Throughout the history of
Christianity, however, the truly great characters have always been simple and
humble men and women. Will you be listed among the simple and humble
in the Lord's records? [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom re 1Co.16:19]
Enoch walked with God. He was of one mind with God. The prophet
asks, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" If we are of one
mind with God, our will will be swallowed up in God's will and we
shall follow wherever God leads the way. As a loving child places his
hand in that of his father, and walks with him in perfect trust
whether it is dark or bright, so the sons and daughters of God are to
walk with Jesus through joy or sorrow. . . .
The followers of Christ are to manifest to the world the
characteristics of their Lord. They must not become careless or inattentive to
their duty, or indifferent as to their influence, for they are to be
representatives of Jesus in the earth. . . .
Those who do not walk in all faith and purity find the thought
of coming into the presence of God a thought of terror. They do not
love to think or speak of God. They say in heart and by their
actions, "Depart from us, O God; we desire not the knowledge of thy
ways." But through faith in Christ the true Christian knows the mind
and will of God. He understands by a living experience something of
the length and depth and breadth and height of the love of God that
The soul that loves God loves to draw strength from Him by
constant communion with Him. When it becomes the habit of the soul to
converse with God, the power of the evil one is broken, for Satan cannot
abide near the soul that draws nigh unto God. If Christ is your
companion, you will not cherish vain and impure thoughts; you will not
indulge in trifling words that will grieve Him who has come to be the
sanctifier of your soul. . . .
Those who are sanctified through the truth are living
recommendations of its power, and representatives of their risen Lord. The
religion of Christ will refine the taste, sanctify the judgment, elevate,
purify, and ennoble the soul, making the Christian more and more fit for
the society of the heavenly angels. [www.bibleuniverse.com]