The Power of Three

"Two are better than one"
Hands Raised to the Throne
Apparently this was a lesson God had been trying to teach his servant Moses. Back in Exodus 17 Moses sent Joshua and the army to fight their first battle with the Amalekites. Moses stood the mountain alone lifting his staff in the air as he prayed for the army. When his arms tired and drooped the battle went poorly for Joshua. When he again lifted his arms high the battle went well. He needed help! Alone is not God’s plan or wisdom. Aaron and Hur saw what was happening and came to Moses’ aid. They stood on his right and left and steadied his hands until the sun went down. So the battle was won. The clincher in that story is the conclusion. God ordered a memorial to be written (17:14-15) So they called the name of the place, "Jehovah-Nissi", or "The Lord Our Banner," because, God said, "Hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord."

The Benefit of Two (or Three)
Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived gave great advice in the area of minitering in a team, rather than alone. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 he proclaimed this principle. "Two are better than one" and "A three-fold cord is not easily broken."

9. Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

The Power of Two (or Three)
Jesus confirms the principle in Matthew 18:18-20 and expands it even further. We call this principle, "The Power of Three."

18. "I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19. "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

I. The Power of Handcuffs "whatever you bind"

II. The Power of Harmony "if you agree (symphonize, harmonize)"

III. The Power of His Presence "I am in the midst (manifest presence)"

Jesus always sent out his disciples in twos, never alone. There is good reason in his doing so – prayer partnership, friendship, defense of one another.