The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 98

“Can two walk together unless they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)

No partnership can be successful unless the parties to it are in agreement. This truth hold good for business ventures, friendships and marriages alike. In a business venture, there is provision (by way of a contract) for either party to set aside his obligations under the agreement if the other party has not fulfilled his part. But this Scripture is not talking about that sort of agreement! It is not talking about legal compliance with the terms of a relationship. Rather, it is describing harmony in a relationship, the harmony that comes from being in agreement as distinct from being forced to agree! It stems from the desire for togetherness or oneness.

The question that Amos asks is rhetorical (that is, it also provides the answer). For Christians the question is of tremendous significance from two perspectives: firstly, that of marriage, and secondly, that of our faith.

From the perspective of marriage, agreement is the foundation of the ‘one-flesh’ principle. The indivisibility and solidarity of the married state is recognized by the expression of solemn vows by the couple ‘in the presence of God and of witnesses’ at the marriage ceremony. Sadly, many married couples so easily forget that their marriage vows were made to their partners, and that those solemn oaths may not be put aside for anyone else’s benefit. Our first duties are always towards our spouses. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and they shall be one flesh’ (Gen 2:24). Children are to be brought up within the bounds of this one-flesh principle. Unless the married couple understands and lives by this principle, they will be subject to the control of the proverbial ‘mother-in-law’, a controlling father, a selfish family, or the like. Their independence gone, they cease to be in agreement, and their marriage is then endured, not enjoyed. Many marriages have been ruined, and many are labouring, because the ‘giving away of the bride’ has meant nothing more than a ceremonial tradition.

From the perspective of our faith, the Christian must be warned that entering into a close relationship with evil will result in corruption. Partnering with an unsaved person in business or in marriage is contrary to God’s will (2 Cor. 6: 14-15). If a glass of dirty water was poured into a glass of clean water, the clean water does not cleanse the dirty water. Instead all of the clean water is polluted. Christians who marry unbelievers in the hope of their later conversion, will pay a heavy price for being unequally yoked! Consider what happened to King Solomon!

“Can two walk together unless they be agreed?”



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