1 Timothy 5:22- Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sin: keep thyself pure. (KJV)
The laying on of hands was a very common practice in both Old Testament and New Testament times. The custom has its roots in the Old Testament when Israel was to ordain the Levites (Numbers 8:10). And again Moses laid his hands upon Joshua anointing him to be Israel’s leader (Numbers 27:18-23). Next we find the laying on of hands in the New Testament church when praying for people to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:17, Acts 9:17). Moreover we find that the laying on of hands was used by the New Testament church to ordain its leaders and their mission (Acts 13:3, 1 Tim. 4:14, 2 Tim. 1:6). With this in mind let us look to Paul’s instruction to Timothy.