A Study Example: Laying on of Hands

Hebrews 6:1
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,

Hebrews 6:2
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Define terms:

What does the word 'laying on of hands' mean?

Study Step #1:

  • Find the Concordance Tab
  • Click the orange 'toggle' icon to unhide the Strong's numbers
  • Copy & Paste this verse into My Notes

    Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine G1322 of baptisms G909, and G5037 of laying on G1936 of hands G5495, and G5037 of resurrection G386 of the dead G3498, and G2532 of eternal G166 judgment G2917.

Question: Can we better define 'laying on' of hands by its word family relationships?

Study Step #2:

  • Go to the Greek Roots tab

Collect Scriptures

We now have defined the word 'laying on' by Scriptural word relationships. Our second step is to see how the Lord uses this word in the Scriptures.

Question: Where are all the places the word 'laying on', G1936, is found in the Scriptures?

Study Step #3:

  • Go to the Concordance Tab
  • Select G1936 (Greek 1936)

    Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

    1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

    2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

    Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

    G2007 [G1936 is from G2007]

    Mark 5:23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.

    Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

    1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.

Question: What does 'laying on'of hands mean from these Scriptures?

Study Step #4:

  • Ask questions from God's commentary concerning 'laying on' of hands.
  • As you read the above Scriptures, make a list of questions that each passage answers. Copy and paste each passage that answers these questions.

    Sample questions:

    1. What passages tell us why hands were laid upon a person.
    2. What passage gives a warning of laying hands suddenly on a man? Why?

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Question: What do the surrounding Scriptures (context) tell me about the word 'laying on' of hands?

Study Step #5:

  • Go to the Interlinear Tab
  • Make a note of key words that are connected to laying on of hands in this verse.

    1 Timothy 5:22 Lay G2007 hands G5495 suddenly G5030 on G2007 (G5720) no man G3367, neither G3366 be partaker G2841 (G5720) of other G245 men's sins G266: keep G5083 (G5720) thyself G4572 pure G53.

    Key Words

    1. suddenly G5030
    2. partaker G2841 (G5720)
    3. pure G53

Question: What do the Old Testament Scriptures teach us about laying on of hands?

Note:For the Old Testament Scriptural study, follow the same steps above. If possible find a direct quote that is used in the New Testament. You then will know that there is a direct match between the Old and New Testament words.

There are no direct matches

Leviticus 4:15 And the elders G2205 of the congregation G5712 shall lay G5564 (G8804) their hands G3027 upon the head G7218 of the bullock (G6499 before G6440 the LORD G3068: and the bullock G6499 shall be killed G7819 (G8804) before G6440 the LORD G3068.

Leviticus 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

Numbers 8:10 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites:

Numbers 8:11 And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute the service of the LORD.

Numbers 27:18 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;

Question: Can you match these Old Testament Scriptures with the above list of New Testament Scriptures?