When Jesus sent out his disciples to spread the good news, it wasn’t a solo mission. He sent them out by twos.
This may seem like an insignificant detail, but it holds great significance in the ministry of Jesus and the early church. In this article, we’ll explore why Jesus sent out his disciples by twos.
The Power of Two
The first reason why Jesus sent out his disciples by twos is because of the power of two. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “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.”
The power of two is evident in these verses. When two people work together, they can accomplish more than they would individually. They can also support each other in times of weakness and provide strength and encouragement when needed.
Another reason why Jesus sent out his disciples by twos is accountability. When you’re working with someone else, you have someone to hold you accountable for your actions and decisions. This was especially important for the disciples as they were representing Jesus and his teachings.
Jesus knew that sending them out in pairs would provide an extra layer of accountability and ensure that they were following his teachings closely.
Examples from Scripture
There are several examples in Scripture where we see Jesus sending out his disciples by twos:
– In Mark 6:7-13, Jesus sends out the twelve disciples by twos to preach repentance, heal the sick and cast out demons.
– In Luke 10:1-12, Jesus sends out seventy-two of his followers by twos to preach the gospel and heal the sick.
– In Acts 13:1-3, Barnabas and Saul (later known as Paul) are sent out by the church in Antioch to spread the gospel.
In each of these examples, we see how working in pairs was effective in spreading the good news and building up the early church.
In conclusion, Jesus sent out his disciples by twos for several reasons. Working in pairs provided extra support, accountability and allowed them to accomplish more than they would have individually. As we continue to spread the good news today, we can also benefit from working with others and holding each other accountable to God’s teachings.