This will be the third(3) time I am coming to you. "By the mouth of two or three(3) witnesses every word shall be established."
This is what the Apostle Paul writes to the Church at Corinth at the end of this letter, which got me to thinking. Paul makes the connection between his "coming" for the third(3) time and the "word being established by the mouth of two or three witnesses".
1st of all, the use of the singular form of the word "mouth", to me says that one person or witness can establish a word by speaking it or declaring it 3 times. Paul is declaring that for "the third(3) time, I am coming to you", so now, the word(s) that he has written to the church at Corinth has been "established", because, he has spoken to them now for "the third(3) time".
Now again, this is me thinking and I believe being spiritually led. Jesus told Peter that he, Peter, would deny Jesus "three(3) times" [Matthew26:34]. Why three(3)? Could it be to "establish" the word of the Lord? After Jesus spoke these things to Peter, He goes with Peter and a couple of His other disciples in the garden called Gethsemane. The Bible declares that He Himself prayed three(3) times, "saying the same words" [Matthew 26:44] while their. Could this be Jesus "establishing" His own words knowing the "establishing" power of three(3)? Then we know that after three(3) days, Jesus was risen as He said He would be [Matthew 27:63]. But back to Peter, after the Lord's rising, He asked Peter three(3) times, "Do you love Me", Peter answering all three(3) times, "Yes, You know that I love You". Could it be that after the third(3) time Peter spoke these words, it was then "established" that, YES, he did/does love Jesus? I think so.
Look at Daniel, one of my favorite men and Books in the Bible. Daniel was a praying man, whose prayers were always answered. It was his custom to "pray and give thanks before his God", three(3) times a day [ Daniel 6:10 & 13]. Why three(3) times a day? Could it have been to "establish" not just his prayers, but also his relationship with his God? Not to mention his "three(3) full weeks" of mourning, not eating any pleasant food, nor meat or wine and not anointing himself [ Daniel 10:2 & 3]. That we read lasted "three(3) whole weeks" because "the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood the angel of the Lord twenty-one days", three(3) weeks. The vision, the revelation was surely "established" after that time.
"One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three(3) witnesses the matter shall be established."
According to the Law, a matter was "established" by the mouth of two or three(3) witnesses. In verse 17, it also said that a person would have to stand before the Lord, the priests and the judges, three(3) different factions. Jesus Himself stood before three(3), Annas and Pilate twice, subsequently "establishing" His fate forever.
***My prayer is that this will be a word of edification and exhortation and comfort to all who read this...be blessed.