LAYING ON OF HANDS
1. – WHAT IS LAYING ON OF HANDS?
It is a prophetic act that confers, or transfers, in the Holy Spirit, authority to develop a ministerial job with obligations and privileges.
“ 1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away“. – Acts 13:1-3
2. – WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LAYING ON OF HANDS?
This practice and its meaning have its origin in the Hebrew word Mikhah that means: To lay hands to order ceremonially to judges, elders or rabbis of the Jewish people. It has been practiced since the times of Joshua and the seventy elders.
“16 So the LORD said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.” – Numbers 11:16-17
3. – WHY IS LAYING HANDS SO IMPORTANT?
Because through laying on of hands the Holy Spirit imparts the blessings and spiritual gifts to do the job assigned by God.
“ 9 Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.“, – Deuteronomy 34:9
4. – WHAT AUTHORITY IS PROVIDED THROUGH THE LAYING ON OF HANDS?
The authority to judge and decide in the Holy Spirit and according to the Word of God all the events in the daily life of the Lord’s people.
18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 18:18
5. – WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LAYING ON OF HANDS, BINDING AND LOOSING?
The terms binding and losing through the Hebrew roots means to have authority in the Holy Spirit to prohibit everything that opposes the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven, and to allow everything to support the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven. This authority is confirmed by the imposition of hands.
19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 16:19
6. – WHO LAYED HANDS TO JESUS?
Jesus as the one God made man received authority directly from the Holy Spirit.
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Meto preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” – Isaiah 61:1
7. – IS THE LAYING ON OF HANDS SOMETHING SERIOUS?
It is a holy action that needs to be taken responsibly as we are granted the privilege within the framework of God’s authority.
22 Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.” – 1 Timothy 5:22
8. – CAN WE LAY HANDS IN THE NAME OF JESUS?
Yes, if we believe in Jesus Christ and walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit. It is used as an instrument for spreading the Kingdom of Heaven.
“ 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” – Mark 16:16-18
9. – WHAT PREVENTS ME FROM LAYING ON OF HANDS IN THE NAME OF JESUS?
The lack of submission to the authority established by God for your life. Those who does not know how to be under authority are not allowed to exercise authority.
“ 18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” – Acts 8:18·23
10. WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE LAYING ON OF HANDS AND SIN?
It is used to transmit the sin and guilt of the person on an animal to be presented as a sacrifice to God.
“ 15 And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the LORD. Then the bull shall be killed before the LORD... – Leviticus 4:15
11. – WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LAYING ON OF HANDS AND THE CHILDREN?
It is done to bless them in the Name of Jesus
“ 13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid Hishands on them, and blessed them. “. – Mark 10:13–16
12. – WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LAYING ON OF HANDS AND HOLY SPIRIT?
Laying hands is used to minister the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the believer in the Name of Jesus Christ.
17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 8:17