The Power of Two
Have you noticed how ‘two’ is an important part of your life? Two chocolate chip cookies are better than one. You need at two teeth to chew a nut or piece of candy. Two cups of coffee are better than one, as you leave your favorite shop. Round trips are better than one way. You usually travel with a ‘companion’. You swim or workout and, women, shop with a ‘buddy’. ‘Two’ is important to your lifestyle.
God made ‘two’ important. He created male and female man, for mutual support and procreation (Genesis 1.27). He said that a man should marry a woman to bring forth children (Genesis 2.24). God said that at least two witnesses would be required to convict a guilty party (Deuteronomy 17.6). King Solomon wrote a paragraph about the advantages of two (Ecclesiastes 4.9-12). Mary and Joseph brought two turtledoves or young pigeons when Jesus was presented in the Temple (Leviticus 12.8, Luke 2.22-24). Two thieves were even crucified with Jesus (Luke 23.32-33).
The Holy Spirit chose Barnabas and Saul for His special mission (Acts 13.2-3). Apostle John wrote of two witnesses for God after the Rapture (Revelation 11.3-12). Jesus sent the 70 out by twos to proclaim and illustrate His kingdom (Luke 10.1). So, it was natural for Him to repeat the importance of two to His disciples before He left for Heaven. Matthew 18.19-20 is His teaching. Look at 20 first.
Verse 20: ‘For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.’ (NKJV)
- John 20.19-29 and Luke 24.13-32 illustrate this from Scripture.
- What does Jesus mean by ‘gathered in My name’? Does this restrict Him to church?
- How did Apostle Paul state this in Colossians 3.17, 23?
- He joins you in Sozo Class, at Panera Bread, or at City Café. Does He join you at the ball game or grille? How should this affect your actions and conversations?
- Psalm 139 reflects King David’s understanding of this, especially verses 1-12.
Verse 19: ‘Again, assuredly, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.’ (NKJV)
- James 5.14-15, Acts 3.1-10, and Mark 16.20 are founded upon this promise of Jesus.
- What are some ways this could transform your marriage and home? What could spouses or child and parent agree upon?
- What are some ways this could transform your office or classroom? What could coworkers or teachers and/or students agree upon?
- What are some ways this could transform your gym or court activity? What could you and your workout partner agree upon?
- Find someone in each setting to agree with to transform all environments!
Who’s your ‘two’?
Do you come together in Jesus’ name?
Do you agree about the things you ask of God?
It’s not just spiritual.
Remember what Jabez prayed about (1 Chronicles 4.10; who agreed with him before God?).
Praise God!!! Copyright © Maurice L. Painter, 2011.