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More Hands Please


"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. When He placed His hands on them, He went from there" (Matt.14-15).

As I continue with some thoughts about the laying on of hands, we come to some examples in Jesus' ministry. In the case of the little children in today's verse, Jesus laid His hands on them. In the same version of this event in Mark 10:16, the writer adds that He blessed them. Jesus put His hands on the woman with the 18 year infirmity, (Lk.13:13) Jairus' daughter, (Matt.9:18, 25) all who came to Him in Capernaum, (Lk.4:40) and a few sick people in Nazareth. (Mk.6:5) In all of these examples, healing was involved. In the early church. The apostles laid their hands on people as Jesus had instructed them in Mk.16: 15-18, and as described by Luke in the Book of Acts. (5:12, 28:8). When Saul (Paul) was blinded on the road to Damascus, his sight was restored when Ananias laid hands on him. Then there are those special spiritual gifts. They were given to the Ephesians, Samaritans, and Timothy, (Timothy twice) and confirmed with the laying on of hands.... When a particular dedication to some special service was made, like the choosing and appointing of the seven in Acts 6:1-6, the apostles laid their hands on them. When Paul and Barnabas were sent out, (Acts 13:1-3) the prophets and teachers laid their hands on them after prayer and fasting. There was even an interesting admonition by Paul to Timothy: "Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure" (1 Tim.5:22). More than likely this had to do with the appointing and ordaining of elders. I have given you most of the examples in the Bible, both Old and New Testament, regarding the laying on of hands. Did any of you do that research that I asked you about? With all of this information available to us, we come to a crossroad in today's church. I may have surmised correctly that you know where I am going, so here it is.... Is there any part of this custom that should make it a part of church practice today? If you have an opinion, send it along. I will devote tomorrows devotional to this idea....

Have a great day... RAKs all around.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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