These are my notes and reflection from the service today at Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue www.baruchhashem.com. Rabbi Marty Waldman gave the message today about Ordination-the laying on of hands. It was a special service and experience for myself in the fact that there was an actual ordination given during the service. The ordination was given to Raul Garcia who along with his wife Karen Faith have been faithful missionaries and instrumental in a satellite congregation of Baruch HaShem in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for the past year. Raul and Karen have a bit of an ironic story attached to them being missionaries and part of a congregational plant in Mexico. On the one hand, Raul’s last name is Garcia but in fact he is from the Philipines and doesn’t speak Spanish. On the other hand, Karen is a Jewish girl from Buffalo, NY who does speak Spanish. The congregation in Mexico is called Baruch HaShem Baja and has been steadily growing for the past year and is made up of at least 70 members and regular attenders who are composed of Jews and those from the nations. A couple of great examples of Jew and Gentile together in Messiah.
Ordination – The setting apart a person for a specific purpose in recognition of the calling, gifting and anointing of God in that person’s life.
S’mikhah is the Hebrew name and equivalent of Ordination.
Below are a couple of examples of ordination from the Torah in which we see ordination as a very Spiritual and Sanctifying matter:
Exodus 28:41 And you shall put them on Aaron your brother, and on his sons with him, and shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests.
Numbers 11:16-25 [16 ] Then the LORD said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. [17 ] And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone. [18 ] And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the LORD, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat. [19 ] You shall not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, [20 ] but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the LORD who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?”’” [21 ] But Moses said, “The people among whom I am number six hundred thousand on foot, and you have said, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month!’ [22 ] Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, and be enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, and be enough for them?” [23 ] And the LORD said to Moses, “Is the LORD’s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”
[24 ] So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. [25 ] Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.
Another Biblical principle established fairly early in Scripture involves order in the community. Ordination is a foundational imperative in this regard. We see this played out in the Scriptures above with the formation of the community of Israel and the Scriptures below addressing the needs of the Messianic communities of the 1st Century.
Titus 1:5-9 [5 ] This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— [6 ] if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. [7 ] For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, [8 ] but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. [9 ] He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
1 Timothy 4:13-16 [13 ] Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. [14 ] Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. [15 ] Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. [16 ] Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 [4 :1] I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: [2 ] preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. [3 ] For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, [4 ] and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. [5 ] As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
“Forming communities of faith has always required ordination” Rabbi Marty
May grace and shalom be multiplied upon you in the matchless name of Yeshua the Messiah!