“So the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit and lay your hand on him. Have him stand before Elezar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him. He is to stand before Elezar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim. Before the Lord. At his command he and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command they will come in. Moses Did as the Lord commanded hi. He took Joshua and had him stand before Elezar the priest and the whole assembly. Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the Lord instructed through Moses.’” (Numbers 27:18-23)
Moses obeyed God’s command and ordained Joshua to be his successor, by laying hands on him. Moses conferred his honor and authority who was already with the Spirit..
Jewish and Christians practices of ordination have been influenced by this account throughout the last two thousand years. It is customary in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist churches, or other Christian churches who give responsibilities to individuals before formally ordaining their clergy, by the laying on of hands, to confer the authority of the offices of the church.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Jesus’ disciples found their duties of studying, teaching, and preaching cumbersome; therefore, they chose to lay hands on upright men who were strong in the spirit and faith, they ordained them and gave them duties to help widows and children, the unfortunates who needed a hand up, and called them Deacons and later included Deaconess’. Pour out Your spirit for all who respond to Your call to active ministry in and out of the church, that by doing so, the needs of those inside and outside of the church might have their needs met, also. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Without Jesus in your life you have no life. With Jesus in your life you have eternal life….It’s your choice. Choose wisely.”
“They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.” (Acts6:6)
Ordination does not elevate anyone to a superior position in the church, nor does it convey any special rights. The ordained acknowledge in public that they willingly accept the responsibilities for whatever ministry they are called to do. Ordination should take place only after evidence of that Spirit’s call and with the concurrence of the congregation.
“Church Leaders, Ordination”: (1st Timothy 4:14)
The laying on of hands does not confer a divine gift. In this instance, the laying on of hands accompanied the gift which only God can bestow. Nothing can compensate for the lack of a divine git for ministry. By laying on their hands, the leaders of the church recognized and affirmed the presence of spiritual gifts in Timothy. Paul either participated in this ceremony as one of the elders, or Timothy had hands laid on him twice. The question remains open whether Timothy entered an official leadership position in the church through ordination or whether he had his gifts affirmed and was commissioned for a specific mission.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.” (1st Timothy5:22)
The church bears responsibility for those it ordains: therefore, it should do this with great care. Only those of proven character and who clearly possess spiritual gifts for their ministry should be ordained.
The church should give the person time to give evidence of spiritual gifts before ordination. This may be done either through personal witness to the elders of the church, through their faith walk to the church leadership, who then approves the person for further training (Seminary or via further study and testing by church officials), assignments of individuals to specific churches to work with, before a formal ordination and the laying on of hands.