Friday, 2 May 2008

why go in pairs?

Luke 10:1-3, Mark 6:7
Google gave me all manner of pages offering an answer to why women go to the bathroom in pairs.. a related but tangential question. Why two disciples? Why not three or even twenty-three?

It was interesting to pray on the streets in Cambridge, and the different dynamic that a group of three has to a group of two, in terms of presence and in terms of indecision. Clearly two, practically and biblically (Luke7:19, Deut. 27:6) appears to be better than one, but than three, is this simply for efficiency, if two can do more efficiently what three would do, in terms of proselytising-per-capita, then send out in twos. I think the go out in pairs thing is interesting, anyone got bible on why not three? Also why 12 disciples and why 72, beyond bible maths metaphors and Israel analogies, are there practical extrapolations for discipleship? And why bring a stick, some of the commentators suggest for protection. Anyone?

I think that Peter is absolutely right to encourage us all in this, I would be interested to know how it has come about that it should seem a new or profound idea to propose it, and how this prophetic (test it) notion for Cambridge and elsewhere, reflects a lack of attention to this model and what the root of this lack is.


Go in Pairs - Shane Claiborne - “(approx) It keeps you accountable, it keeps your feet on the ground. Community is good at lowering the mountains and lifting the valleys. Travelling in pairs affects the way you share a story. A big part of going out in pairs in being submitted to other people.”

Go in Pairs - That each one might have a helper, a counsellor and a sympathizer. (?ref)

Go in Pairs - Augustine - “living together with others is necessary for the cultivation of spiritual formation."

Go in Pairs - It is impossible to practice love in isolation. (?ref)


Luke 10:1-3 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves

Mark 6:7 And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.

Ecc 4:8-12 There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. "For whom am I toiling," he asked, "and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?" This too is meaningless— a miserable business! Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him 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.
Thursday, August 24 - a passage to India

1 comment:

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