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Acts 1:15-26 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Acts 6:2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
Perhaps a reason that the eleven Apostles selected a twelfth apostle, as recorded in Acts 1:15-26, was to establish a suitable partner to co-labor with Simon Zelotes. During Jesus' ministry He "called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two" and "the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two." With Judas Iscariot dead, they felt it necessary that Simon Zelotes would not be required to work alone. They were concerned about being effective witnesses and giving testimony to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ: "Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection." (Acts 1:22) Working in pairs was recognized to be beneficial and effective. This is also understood when John in chapter 8 verse 17 wrote, "It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true." Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour." Paul and Barnabas, Judas and Silas, Paul and Silas, Barnabas and John Mark, Timotheus and Erastus, Silas and Timotheus, and others were sent out in pairs as recorded in the Gospels and the Book of Acts.
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
Matthew 18:19-20 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Matthew 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Mark 11:1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples
Mark 14:13 And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.
Mark 16:12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
Luke 19:29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples
Luke 24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
Acts 15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
Acts 19:22 So [Paul] sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.
2 Corinthians 8:6, 17-19; 6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. ... 17-19 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: