Hand of the Lord
Heb 6:1-2 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
Let us go onto perfection, repentance, faith, baptism, laying on hands (could be the Holy Ghost), the resurrection of the dead and heaven (enduring until the end).
Whose hands? Mine, yours, or the Hand of the Lord?
Impartation simply means the ‘transmission of information,’ ‘to give or bestow or communicate knowledge,’ to ‘grant a part of or share information.’ Impartation in the Spirit is the transmission of something of God from one to another.
Proximity can cause a portion of anointing is laid upon you. Elijah passed on his mantle to Elisha. This didn’t happen in a prayer meeting or a conversation. It happened through a piece of clothing. This was a supernatural thing when God took Elijah, everything but Elijah’s mantle, which floated down.
1 Kings 19:19 “So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.”
2 Kings 2:9 “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”
Something happens in impartation.
Moses transferred his authority over to Joshua.
Numbers 27:18-23 “And the Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; 19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. 20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. 21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the Lord: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation. 22 And Moses did as the Lord commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation: 23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses.”
Something happens through the laying on of hands.
Num 11:23-25 “And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not. 24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the Lord, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. 25 And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.”
Something happens through an impartation.
God honors the laying on of hands, even when Jacob stole Esau’s blessing by tricking their father.
We don’t understand the laying on of hands. You bless, ‘speak well of,’ when there is a laying on of hands.
God honors hunger. He honors the laying on of hands. God honors faith.
Mat 8:2-3 “And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
Jesus exercised this by healing the leper.
1 Tim 4:14 “Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.”
Ex 13:3 “And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.”
Ex 15:6 “Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.”
Psalm 17:7 “Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.”
Three things happen when God touches you:
1. The Hand of the Lord protects you.
Gen 3:15 “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
When you have the hand of the Lord on your side, there is victory and deliverance. The hand of the Lord is against your enemy.
1 Sam 7:13 “So the Philistines were subdued and didn’t invade Israel again for some time. And throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the Lord’s powerful hand was raised against the Philistines.”
The enemy can’t overpower the Hand of the Lord. God brings deliverance by the power of His hand.
2. The Hand of the Lord brings provision.
If you need something that God can bring to you and give to you, He brings it to you by His hand.
Deut 34:9 “Now Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him, doing just as the Lord had commanded Moses.”
The hand of the Lord is upon you and He will provide for you. He provides (gives) wisdom and spiritual understanding and anointing, not just stuff.
Acts 8:18 “When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power.”
1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”
Psalm 78:42 “They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.”
‘All I have needed, thy Hand hath provided. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.’
Do you recognize that God is faithful and has put His hand on you? All good things come from the Hand of the Lord.
3. The Hand of the Lord brings healing.
Healing comes from God’s Hand. Yes, it comes through His stripes.
Acts 4:29-30 “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Mark 16:17-18 “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. 18They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”
There is something powerful when faith is infused and you lay your hands upon somebody so what is inside of you can be imparted to somebody else.
Jesus has built a church and death will not stop it. It will be imparted from one generation to another generation. Impartation doesn’t go just a little, it’s double portion. It grows. Elisha asked for and received a double portion of Elijah’s anointing, double the number of miracles. It is meant to be the same for us.
There is power given to me from Almighty God to lay hands on the sick and see them healed.
More Questions for Personal or Group Study:
- How has the Lord protected you, provided for you, and/or healed you?
- How has God used you to impart faith to someone else?
- Read Josh 4:23-24 “Yes, God, your God, dried up the Jordan’s waters for you until you had crossed, just as God, your God, did at the Red Sea, which had dried up before us until we had crossed. This was so that everybody on earth would recognize how strong God’s rescuing hand is and so that you would hold God in solemn reverence always.” (MSG) What did God do? How does our reverence for and faith in God impact the world around us? How does this knowledge change you?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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