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Word digest by Ekwonye Daberechi O.


TEXT: Joshua  23:10a

One man of you shall chase a thousand:

Deuteronomy  32:30  How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?


In life, one person can only achieve by a sole ability. That’s why if you put only your single effort, you achieve a single result. Every one of us is limited to what we can chase or achieve. Life is interesting when you have a “number two” around you which is definitely necessary to enable you to get more.

The number two in the context could be two persons or more but definitely mean an extra person with you. Who you attached to yourself determine what you’re to pursue and the number of your “Number two” determines your result.

From creation ( Genesis) of man God knew that life is progressive with the number two and therefore he made one for Adam because what he(Adam) was to chase is bigger than him and can only be achieved with the help of the ‘number two’


Our text affirms that the ability of one is much more limited to the ability of ‘Two’

There is a very big gap, thus; one can only chase one thousand and two Chases ten thousand. This is an alarming percentage!


Leviticus  26:8  And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

The number two could be two or five or even tens or hundreds. The number two is:

– a deputy or a representative: he is not the original but one answerable to a higher authority. Also, one running with a vision that’s not his’

– he is an employee: most firm if not all engage on the services of the number two and that is why they keep spreading and make much profit. The success of these companies is tied to number two. He could be a manager, supervisor, or workers. For companies and enterprises, their number two may be too many, and such that it helps them to pursue in thousands and millions.

Mathematically, if one chases one thousand, two Chases ten thousand, the ‘ multiple’ of twos would give a much higher figure.

– the number two is the next in a family. He could be a wife, a son, kinsman, etc, but definitely one seconding the leader in a family.

– He is an Associate. One following after. Jesus had them as Disciples, Some Chief Executive Officers( CEO) have them as Directors or Managers. Some others could be P.A’s ( personal assistant) etc.

By this article, we shall focus the ‘ number two’ as an associate.

An ASSOCIATE – is one with a lower rank, having fewer rights in a particular profession or organization.

1: As a Servant: Naaman’s housemaid and His servant.

In 2 Kings 5: 3. She came up with a solution to how the master could recover from his illness and that was followed. And in 2 Kings 5:11 – 14

Verse 13 and 14 said thus:

And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash and be clean?  5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Naaman had given up on the direction of the prophet but he was advised by his associate; a servant.

2 As a Wife: Genesis  2:18  And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

A wife is a perfect number two as well as a helpmeet. Man alone can’t have children. But through number two, children are delivered. To Adam alone, he could only chase to feed himself but with a wife, they chase for the whole family.

Note: your number two as an associate either in families, ministry, work or Government, etc is bound with lots of ability. Your becoming and progress is in his hand. He knows a lot of your secret and can decide to continue working for your progress or your downfall. Therefore how you handle your number two determines what becomes of you.


There are some challenges our number two normally faces that affect their duty or result which automatically makes them underperform.

– Poor acknowledgment or value.

Some Superior never place value to the position of their number two. Some are inactive and dormant with their position. They may only answer names but no work assigned to them. Some may not be called up to participate in some Executive meetings.

– Position Errors:

it is an error to have an associate whom you can’t give room to make suggestions or take some decisions in your absence. You can’t employ him and as well do his own work. It’s a position error and a challenge to their position.

– Lack of Resources: What aid’s work is materials for work. Some underperform when they are hindered from attending seminars and courses to be equipped the more.

– Unappreciative and uncared – for attitude. Where you have someone covering your gap whether at your present or absent, there is always room for Appraisal, Salary review, and some increment. An addition to the associate’s salary will encourage him more.

– Lack of Relationship gap:

Don’t be a boss or a superior that your associate can fear to talk to or make a suggestion. Don’t always turn down his suggestions or opinions. Give him a sense of belonging.


Nothing kills or destroys a destiny than when you choose the wrong person in an affair. A wrong wife can rake a home, a wrong worker could do the same. Our understanding of choosing our number two carefully will enable them to add progress to their assignment.


Deuteronomy  32:30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

Both him that chooses his number two and the one chosen need God to chase his ‘ten thousand’

From the text above, it was a question….how can two chase ten thousand? Which the answer came that except God be his rock. So the core duty of a good number two is to chase his ten thousand. It’s the duty of the number two that determines the outcome.

The word CHASE means to run or drive after something in order to catch it. Your positive impact is based on your realization and identifying your duty and it’s role. Understand that the growth lies on you by;

– understanding the vision and objective of your organization.

– Studying what you’re employed or expected to do.

– Be Passion driven. Set a target for yourself and keep focus.

– Loyalty, be loyal, and always remember you’re answerable to your superior.

Note: Don’t joke with your number two for whatever you will chase is tied to your number two. Remember chasing your ten thousand, comes from number two.

2 Timothy  2:7 Consider what I say, and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Let us pray…..

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