A Three Strand Cord

Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Solomon has been describing the Christian walk. He starts the passage by saying, “Two are better then one, because they have a good reward for their labor.” He then goes on to say that should one fall, the other is there to pick him up. When it is cold, two are able to keep each other warm. Solomon asks the question, “if one is alone, how can he keep warm alone?”

Solomon then states that a man standing alone can be overpowered by another, but two can better withstand him who attacks. Yet as strong as two are against one, how much more powerful are three when united.

Separately three pieces of string may be broken with ease, but when twisted into one cord, they cannot be broken so readily.

Solomon is pointing out to the Christian today, that when we stand alone against the tempter, we are easily overpowered. But when we stand with a friend there is strength in the two. But to really have a chance to withstand the temptation of sin, then our life needs to be twisted into a cord. It is through the sacrifice of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit that when we combine out lives with these two strong cords then Satan will never break us.

Published by The Bible In Your Hand

Hi, I am Pastor Lester Bentley, a devoted husband, father, and Pastor for the Northeastern Wyoming District of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. I am committed to the great gospel commission as stated in Matthew 28:19, 20.

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