Numbers in Scripture: #2
The number two denotes adequate testimony. The first mention of this number in the Bible is in connection with creation. “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night” (Genesis 1:16). These are God’s two great witnesses in the heavens. Two witnesses were needed when there were accusations made, or in matters of discipline and administration. “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established” (Deuteronomy 19:15). This is repeated in the New Testament by the Apostle Paul, regarding matters that had arisen and needed to be dealt with by the believers in Corinth: “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1). God’s word and His oath show the immutability (unchangeableness) of His counsel. “God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:17-18).