“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place where He Himself would come” (Luke 10:1).
There is something very special when we examine the Scriptures that shows a pattern in the way the Lord makes appointments and sends forth His disciples to labor in the Kingdom. What we discover in our examination is these special assignments and sendings are always by twos.
Of note is the calling out of the Apostle Paul with Barnabas and later Silas: “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, ‘Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them'” (Acts 13:2). Then after the split between Paul and Barnabas “Paul chose Silas and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God” (Acts 15:40).
There is a peculiarity in the economy of God and the always two motif:
Joshua sent “two men to spy secretly, saying ‘Go view the land, even Jericho'” (Joshua 2:1a). John the Baptist “calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying ‘Are you He that should come? Or look we for another?'”(Luke 7:19). Jesus sent “two of His disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village over against you. . .and you shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat; loose him and bring him here'” (Luke 19:29b-30). Paul “sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a season” (Acts 19:22). These are just a few of the many more examples in the Scriptures of the sending by twos employed by the leading of the Lord.
The wisdom of Solomon says, “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat, but how can one be warm along? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
The Scriptures tell us of “two olive trees and two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth” (Revelation 11:4; Zecharia 4:11). “Two witnesses prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore day clothed in sackcloth” (Revelation 11:3). “Two cherubim are upon the Ark of the Testimony” (Exodus 25:22). “Two of every sort shall you bring into the ark to keep them alive; they shall be male and female” (Genesis 6:19). “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; He made the stars also” (Genesis 1:16). “And God gave unto Moses when He had made an end of communing with him upon Mount Sinai, two Tables of Testimony, tables of stone written with the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18).
There are two great commandments: “Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).
Jesus said “Again I say unto you, if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven. For where two, or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:19-20).
Jesus was crucified between “two thieves, one on the right hand, and another on the left” (Matthew 27:38).
“And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing” (Mark 12:42).
“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God” (Luke 12:6).
In the Kingdom of God, the coin of the realm is two. No one should go it alone. It is wisdom to always be joined to another in fellowship, brotherhood, ministry, service, prayer, worship, doctrine, and calling. It is the way of the Lord, the way of being in the Body of Christ, the Bride, and it is the way of the Spirit. Always two, a good rule to follow that will always serve you well.
“And the Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come’. And let him that hears say, ‘Come’. And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).