Traveling Companions

As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.
            —Proverbs 27:17

Jesus attached value to pairs: camaraderie, companionship, support.

“Calling the Twelve to him, [Jesus] sent them out two by two” (Mk 6:7).

Speaking for the twelve, Peter said to Jesus, “We have left everything to follow you” (Mt 19:27). That included Judas.

He gave all of the twelve authority to drive out demons, heal the sick, and preach that the kingdom of heaven was near (Mt 10:7–8). That included Judas

I’ve wondered which of the twelve was paired with Judas when they were sent out two by two. I wonder if he ever thought, “Judas is drifting.” Did he ever attempt to keep him from falling—or did he remain silent?

“Two are better than one . . . If one falls down, his friend can help him up” (Eccl 4:9, 10).

We need each other.

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