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Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary

Imposition of Hands

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We find this a very ancient custom among the Jews, and it should seem to have its use, founded in somewhat of a divine authority. The dying patriarch blessed the sons of Joseph, putting his hands significantly upon the head of each. (Genesis 43:13-20) But in the striking act of laying on of hands on the day of atonement, and which was done by the express appointment of the Lord, we discover yet more of its importance. (See Leviticus 16:21-22) So again, by the same express command of the Lord, Joshua was ordained by the laying on of the hand of Moses, his successor. The ceremony must have been most solemn and affecting, as related Numbers 27:15-23. But what endears this service to the church most is those instances in which our adorable Redeemer used it. How lovely Jesus appears in receiving little children, and putting his hands on them, and blessing them! (Mark 10:13-16) We find the apostles in Jesus's name, using the imposition of hands, and the Lord confirming this act, by his accompanying it with the blessing of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 8:17; Act 19:6) But how far the Lord hath honoured it in the after ages of the church, I presume not to speak.

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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Imposition of Hands'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/pmd/i/imposition-of-hands.html. London. 1828.

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