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Amos3:3 Do two walk together
unless they have agreed to do so?
4Does a lion roar in the thicket
when it has no prey?
Does it growl in its den
when it has caught nothing?
5Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground
when no bait is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground
if it has not caught anything?
6When a trumpet sounds in a city,
do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city,
has not the Lord caused it?

Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?

Does it carry Messianic significance?

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The prophecy of Amos 3:1-8 is as significant for the spiritual world as it is for the physical/natural world. It is divided into three sections:

1. Statement of Purpose - God will punish Israel because they sinned

  • V1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:

  • V2 “Only you have I known [chosen] from all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”

2. Every effect has its cause

  • V3 Can two walk together without agreeing where to go?

  • V4 Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey?

  • Does a young lion growl in his den if he has caught nothing?

  • V5 Does a bird land in a snare where no bait has been set?

  • Does a trap spring from the ground when it has nothing to catch?

  • V6 If a ram’s horn sounds in a city, do the people not tremble?

  • If calamity comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?

3. Conclusion - Israel will be punished because they have sinned and so God is warning them

  • V7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.

  • V8 The lion has roared— who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken— who will not prophesy?

Thus, we have a quintessentially Hebrew way of saying that Israel has caused their own downfall by their sinfulness. This results in a series of cause and effects statements:

  • Israel's sinning >> will result in God's impending punishment
  • God's impending punishment >> will result in God's warning messages
  • God's warning messages >> will/should result in people trembling and (hopefully) reforming
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  • Indeed an excellent answer +1 Dec 19 '20 at 20:58

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