Mark 6:7 ” Calling the Twelve to Him, He sent them out two by two…”

In another Chapter of the Gospels, Jesus appointed seventy-two others and sent them out two by two ahead of Him to every town and place He was about to go. (Luke 10:1)  But why did Jesus send them out in pairs?  There are several places in the Old Testament that speak to the need for at least two witnesses with mutually confirming stories in order for a man to be put to death. (Deuteronomy 17:6 & Deuteronomy 19:5)  So the first reason was accountability and responsibility.  The second reason was protection.  In Billy Graham’s autobiography, “Just As I Am”, he talks about the Modesto Manifesto, or the Billy Graham Rule…and I quote, ” We all knew of evangelists who had fallen into immorality while separated from their families by travel.  We pledged among ourselves to avoid any situation that would have even the appearance of compromise or suspicion.  From that day on, I didn’t travel, meet, or eat alone with a woman other than my wife.  We determined that the Apostle Paul’s mandate to the young Pastor Timothy would be ours as well.” (II Timothy 1:22)    Dr. Graham determined to always have a chaperone with him, not just for propriety but for his moral protection… and history goes on to show us a world changing ministry that was at all times above reproach.

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