Today's Foundations Devotional: Appointment for a specific task


Memory verse:

Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses

had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did

as the Lord had commanded Moses.

(Deuteronomy 34:9)


Another significant act of laying on of hands took place when Joash, king of Israel, went down to pay his last respects to the prophet Elisha, who lay upon his deathbed. The following conversation occurred between Joash and Elisha.

And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and some arrows.” So he [Joash] took himself a bow and some arrows. Then he said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” So he put his hand on it, and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot. And he said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them” (2 Kin. 13:15-17).

Shooting the arrow eastward through the window symbolised the victory which Joash was to gain in battle over the Syrians. By this act, therefore, Elisha acknowledged God’s appointment of Joash as the leader who would bring deliverance to Israel.

This divine appointment of Joash was made effective through Elisha’s laying his hands upon the hands of Joash as the latter held the bow and shot the arrow, which was symbolic of victory and deliverance. Through the laying on of Elisha’s hands, there were transmitted to Joash the divine wisdom and authority needed to equip him as the deliverer of God’s people.

This incident is therefore closely parallel to the one in which Moses laid his hands upon Joshua. In each case the laying on of hands acknowledged a leader whom God had appointed for a special purpose. In each case this act also transmitted to that leader the divine wisdom and authority needed to carry out his God-appointed task. It is interesting also to notice that, in both cases, Joshua and Joash were appointed primarily as military commanders.



Heavenly Father, thank You for making me able to accomplish the

tasksthat You have prepared for me. Lord, make sure that my hands

are strengthened for battle, able to accomplish the work that You

have for me. I praise You for your blessing on my work. Amen.



Will Makower

Will Makower

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15 September 202013:09

Lily Li

Lily Li

Dear Team, thank you so much for your labor in Jesus Christ. I have been listening to Derek Prince on Youtube for the last few months. I have to say my life is devinely changed. I started to share these teachings with friends. I am very excited to have found this website. May God continue to bless you greatly with what you do. What's your Wechat login name?

13 September 202015:15

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