Sunday, 15th July, 2018
Reference text : Mark 6:7-13
Mark 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
The answer to the question: ‘If 1 person can drink 5 bottles of water in an hour, how many can two people consume in the same time if they drank at the same rate?’ is 10 bottles, and that can be determined mathematically. Interestingly, in the divine order of operations, the answer to that question could be very different.
After reading the Gospel of today, we are hit with the reality that there was a large expanse of land area to be cover by the disciples. Therefore, what appeared to be the clearest option to reach as far as possible would have been for Jesus to send the disciples out individually: each on his own. Instead, he chose to send them out two by two. That was the bit that caught my attention and prompted the question: Was he not risking covering less ground with this decision?
From a mathematical sense and from a human point of view, Jesus had obviously made the wrong call. However, Deuteronomy 32:30a presents a statement of proportionality that does not follow the normal principles of mathematics: ‘How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight,’. Those words defy the normal the rules of proportion but they are stated as a possibility. So how does the sending out in pairs align with these words?
In the eyes of many, Jesus may have made the wrong call to send the disciples out in pairs; but on the basis of this divine principle, that was the better option because of the associated exponential increase in reach. This makes no logical sense but many will allude to the fact that when two stay and work together, there is always a better chance of going further and achieving bigger.
It may sound like the stuff that happens only in movies, but the ability to draw strength from someone else especially in times of difficulty, is often the key to telling the difference between those who keep pushing on and those who fall out. When two are together, though they may not always agree, their strengths complement each other’s weaknesses and thus offers a bigger skill base with which to advance.
Beloved, even though there are times when it appears the better option is to be by yourself:
Remember # Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. (Ecclesiastes 4:9).