February 17, 2019
"Walking in Harmony"
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. [Eph 5:31-32]
“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” [Amos 3:3]: A good question with much application on marriage. The two referred to in Amos are God and Israel. How can they walk together unless they are agreed? It is a rhetorical question. They couldn’t, and thus their separation [i.e., Israel’s exile].
It is the same in any marriage; for husband and wife, and Christ and the church. Two cannot walk together unless they are agreed. In a marriage the two [husband and wife] are different yet one; unique in the parts yet greater in the whole. “Two are better than one” [Eccl 4:9]; if they walk together. “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” [Eccl 4:12] When a husband and wife are united in the Spirit, they are not quickly broken.
We are in the practical section of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. We’ve gone from the doctrinal, i.e., sitting together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” [Eph 2:6] with every spiritual blessing in Christ [ref. Eph 1:3]; to the practical, i.e., walking with Christ as Jesus’ ambassadors to the world. In Eph 4:1-16 we are called to walk in unity; in Eph 4:17-5:18 we are to walk in purity. In our passage this morning we will be called to walk in harmony, with specific context on husband and wife and Christ and the church.
If you study music you are aware that both the melody and harmony of a song are vitally important. They are distinct tones that must hit pitch. If the pitch is off [on either] it is no longer music, just an unbearable sound. But in addition to pitch there is time. Each part must come in at the right time. In a musical score there are notes and time signature and the two must be in sync.
It is similar to a marriage; both our tone and timing must be on target to walk in agreement and to walk in harmony.