Walking Together

Those who loved the Lord and feared the Lord often spoke to each other. Malachi 3:16 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3 A man who has friends need to show himself friendly.. and there is a friend that cleaves closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:4 Where two or three meet together in my name – I am in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

Walk of the Wise
A philosopher may commune with his own words. A recluse may live in solitude, but the wise man of God who fears the Lord finds comfort in fellowship.. and in so doing sets out on the path to wisdom. The Scripture knows nothing of the hermit or solitary loner. Daniel had three friends: Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Jeremiah had his Baruch. Naomi had her Ruth. Jesus had His small, inner circle of special companions.

 Christian Fellowship
‘Fellowship’ and ‘Communion’ ought also to be the watchword of the believer.. like Abraham with Isaac on the way to Moriah. Can two walk together except they be in perfect agreement..  or like the two on the Emmaus Road, who communed with each other on the way. They loved the Lord and often spoke openly to each other. Malachi 3;16.  Those who walked together down the pages of Scripture,  experienced God’s mercy.

Tokens of Love
Those who communed together received tokens of His love, as they journeyed side by side. Those who travelled together talked and listened, and shared and comforted each other in their joys and their woes. And as they walked together, the Lord came alongside. And as they talked together, the Saviour overheard their conversation. And as they spoke together, the Lord drew nigh to them. And as they sat together, they experienced His very presence. As they communed at the table – the Lord was made known to them.

Our Emmaus Trek
But what of our life of faith.. where the physical presence of the Lord is withheld, on our Emmaus trek? Are our conversations so open as to declare to the other the glorious matter? Is our communion so deep as to be able to receive from another? Is our conversation so comforting that we can give solace, as if from Him? Is our fellowship so precious that whenever two or three meet together we receive through the other a fresh testimony of God’s faithfulness?

Sombre Reminder
Jesus draws near the ‘twos’ and the ‘threes’ as they travel together. Does He hear that which rejoices His heart, or is their conversation steeped in darkness, and dispirited? The two on the way to Emmaus were sad. They were confused; depressed; in limbo – in darkness. They shared their confusion and rehearsed their sadness to each other.. for they talked together of the things which had happened.

Sweet Reassurance
And it was as they communed and as they reasoned, that Jesus came alongside and Jesus walked with them. And in their weak; impaired; downcast; dejected; hopeless distress – Jesus drew near; Jesus came alongside; Jesus walked with them. But their eyes were kept from recognising Him, and their hearts were prevented from knowing His presence in their midst. But Jesus drew near – Jesus came alongside – Jesus walked with them.

Serious Lesson
And He questioned their sadness and sickness of heart. And they told of all the things that caused their confusion: Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They saw the Lord and returned bearing witness that He is alive!  Yet still they doubted the truth. And as they continued in their dejected walk and communed on the way – Jesus drew near, Jesus came alongside, and Jesus walked with them.

Sweet Message
O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe. And as He spoke with them on the journey. Their hearts burned within them, and in time His person and presence was opened up to them. And as these two friends communed with the eleven apostles… Jesus drew near – Jesus appeared to them – Jesus stood in their midst. And Jesus spoke to them.. Peace to you – be still.

Stark Reminder
And they were startled and frightened and troubled and doubted.. but Jesus revealed Himself to them, and He showed them His hands and His feet. Jesus showed His wounds and opened up the Word to them, and they still disbelieved! At last, He opened their minds to understand the truth of His Word. They disbelieved despite their sight, and yet we are to believe, without any sight! We are to trust by faith alone!!

Walk With Christ
How important in these days of faith not sight.. that we let the Word of God and words of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom.. teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.. and singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. So, exhort one another daily while it is called ‘today’ – lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.


Bible References

16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Psalm 32

32 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.

11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

139 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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