Deuteronomy 34:9 (KJV)
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.
I imagine that most people think of “the laying on of hands” of preachers, at an ordination of a young preacher, as a formality. It certainly isn’t magical. No bolts fly from the sky and this young preacher still wrestles to grow in his ministry.
But I think a person could say all of that was true of Joshua too. Prior to Moses laying his hands on Joshua:
There were years of personal service
As Joshua worked under Moses.
There was observation and growth
As both men watched the other, Joshua was trained and Moses grew in trust of Joshua.
There were battles and trials
Where Joshua proved himself as a qualified leader for Israel.
But then the Bible says Joshua possessed the spirit of wisdom “for Moses had laid his hands upon him.”
The testing and training and time must not be neglected, but then, neither should our faith in God passing gifts from one preacher to another.
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Deuteronomy 34:9 Passing On Our Gifts
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