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Laying on of Hands
(Warning: this is not a theological piece. It is just the musing of a pastor who has been socially distanced for too long.)
Since I was a Bible School student till now, I have always been puzzled about the principle of Laying on of Hands. Of all the 6 elementary principles/foundations in Hebrews 6, Laying on of Hands seemed to me the one that is out of place.
The other 5 are such deep, serious and weighty theological truths, right?
1. Repentance from Dead Works
2. Faith toward God
3. Doctrine of Baptisms
4. Laying on of Hands 🤚🏻
5. Resurrection of the Dead
6. Eternal Judgment
Laying on of Hands pales in significance compared to Eternal Judgment, etc… almost trivial.
It feels like a primary school subject among university dissertations.
Then Coronavirus happened.
Social distancing became the new norm.
Now I understand a little more about the infinite wisdom of God.
Could it be that God is saying that besides all the deep theology, the simple human-to-human contact actually goes deeper than we think?
Perhaps human connection is a bridge for the Holy Spirit?
Maybe human contact is helpful for spiritual impartation?
Laying on of Hands in the Bible is connected to:
1. Bestowal of Blessings
2. Commissioning for Service
3. Impartation of the Holy Spirit
One of the most important parts of Pastor Lia’s ministry is to Lay Hands on people and prophesy over them, especially youths.
She firmly believes that the Holy Spirit in kids is not a mini-Holy Spirit. It’s not like children have a smaller Holy Spirit in them compared to adults. So she made it her habit to “lay hands” on kids, teenagers and youths to pray and prophesy over them. The Scriptures say clearly in John 7:38-39 (the old KJV) that “out of the belly shall flow rivers of living water” so she would speak straight into their spirit (belly area). She explained to me that their young minds may not have matured enough to understand, so “I pray and speak directly to their spirit.”
(Excerpt from GenerationS, our book, launching in Summer 2021.)
In the new normal of Online Church services, Pastor Lia understands that High-tech cannot substitute High-touch.
Laying on of Hands is an important #NonDownloadable. Can’t wait for social distancing to be over, and we can Lay Hands to pray again!