Amos 3:3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
Amos introduces us to himself in chapter 7:14-16, Amos answered Amaziah, "I was neither a prophet nor a prophet's son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' Now then, hear the word of the LORD. . . . He speaks pretty much the same message as the other prophets. There is definitely an agreement in their messages from the Lord--how God is displeased at the people's turning away from Him, how judgment will come upon them and their neighbors, and how they will then once again return to Him and live in His blessing. That God continues to speak to His people shows His great desire for them to return to Him so He can bless them. But He speaks of a day--"The days are coming," declares the Sovereign LORD, "when I will send a famine through the land--not a famine of food or a thist for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD (8:11)." How many times can God say the same things in different ways and through different people? Why would He continue to speak when He has already said what we need to hear? And that brings us to what we see in this verse--He does not fail to speak, but rather we fail to hear.
In speaking of Israel's restoration, He says this (9:11): "In that day I will restore David's fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be. . . " A couple of things could be alluded to here. First of all, David was promised that there would always be a descendant upon the throne from His line. And we know that ultimately this leads to King Jesus. Following David and Solomon's rule, the kingdom was then divided. Restoration would be for all of God's people to be reunited. Secondly, David's tent can be remembered as to when he brought the ark of the covenant once again to Jerusalem and set up a tent for its housing. Priests and Levites were assigned duties to care for this tabernacle. Worship was continual to the Lord. But even beyond this, we see that James spoke up in the early church when the council met at Jerusalem to discuss the requirements for the Gentiles to come into the faith. Peter had spoken before the council and said, "Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are." Barnabas and Paul then shared of the miraculous signs and wonders God was doing among the Gentiles. And James then used the quote from Amos, "'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things' that have been know for ages."
Hebrews 11:6, from the faith chapter, says, And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. The word please used in this passage refers to agreement. In living by faith, we come into agreement with what God says. And thus, by agreeing with God, we then agree with one another in the unity of the Spirit of God. Paul tells us in Romans 1:16, 17, I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." Chapter 10 of Romans speaks further of this good news, Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Then, we read in Hebrews 1:1, 2, In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. Jesus Himself prays for the unity of all believers in John 17, "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. . . I have made you [the Father] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them." Let us keep listening that we may truly hear the word of the Lord and come into agreement with Him and with one another in His love. Look at the world around us, even the "church world." Everyone has their own opinions. Jesus is the only One who can bring unity. After all, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.