Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9–12,NIV 1984).
My Musings – An interesting way to conclude this text don’t you think. Consistently talking about two, but with no explanation ends with three. Whether it involves a marriage, a partnership or a friendship, a strong bond is made even stronger when the Holy Spirit is also part of the equation. Made possible only through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
My favorite rock band growing up was (still is) Three Dog Night. Presumably the band’s name refers to a practice used by Eskimos and Australian Aboriginals to keep warm on bitterly cold nights. On average cold nights, one or two dogs would suffice to keep warm. But when temperatures dropped extremely cold it was a “three-dog night.”
In this fallen world there will be a lot of unfavorable extremes we must go through. It is nice to have someone to go through it with, because “one is the loneliest number.” When things get extreme, “two can be a bad as one.” But isn’t it encouraging to know that “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken?” No matter how extreme things get.
My Advice – Invite Christ into your relationships. He (through the Holy Spirit) will never leave you or forsake you.
One Is The Loneliest Number
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one
No [Christ] is the saddest experience you’ll ever know
Yes, it’s the saddest experience you’ll ever know
‘Cause one is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.
Written by Harry Nilsson, performed by Three Dog NIght