#5474 – Two by Two

Good morning people who thrive in the context of community and relationship.  

Luke 10:1 NIV After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.

I find it very interesting and significant that Jesus sent people out two by two. Following this pattern set by Jesus, we continually see the apostles ministering two by two throughout the epistles.

If we head back to creation, God made a profound statement that still holds true today:

Genesis 2:18 NIV The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Adam had God, so surely he didn’t need anyone else. Yet God saw it differently.

Here’s what I do know:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

I thank God that I am privileged to do life and ministry with my wife Sally. Time and time again, we have seen the benefits of travelling and ministering together. When the enemy attacks (and he does), two have an exponential power according to Deuteronomy 32:30. Also, the blessing to the people we are called to minister to is multiplied by us following Jesus’ initiative of two by two.

My prayer is for every believer to walk closely with other believers, so that together, we can prepare the way for the Lord to move in power.