Having served in the military, I know just how crazy and dangerous is the situation when someone throws a hand grenade into a crowded room. The reactions are varied, but all extreme. One may instantly choose to fall on the grenade, while most dive to the floor or hit the exits as aggressively as possible. All react on pure instinct. There is NO time to ‘think.’ Only, REACT!
The word ‘Torah’ is a verbal hand grenade that engenders a near identical response.
I want to ask you to take a deep breath and relax. If this is a new or troubling term to you, do not worry. Your computer will not explode. You have time to think and process.
Generally speaking, Christendom defines ‘Torah’ as LAW… and “LAW is baaaad.”
Well, for this piece, we are not going to consider or even care what the church thinks… Let’s see what Scripture says.
If Scripture is the inerrant, inspired Word of the Living God, then surely we can trust what it says as the measure of Truth! How does the Word define ‘Torah?’
The Torah is truth: Malachi 2:6
Remember, Yeshua is the Living Word, the Word made flesh, the light of the world, the Way, the Truth, the Life.
The Torah defines Yahweh’s will: Psalm 40:8
Starting to get the picture? This is ONLY using verses where the word ‘torah’ appears in the Hebrew with a couple select NT verses. There are hundreds, HUNDREDS of similar verses using synonyms for the word ‘torah.’ Please read Psalm 119 and highlight every synonym referring to ‘torah.’ … Judgments, statutes, commands, ways, testimonies, precepts, ordinances, wonders, etc…
So why is this so important? Generally speaking, the church teaches that ‘the Law kills.’ Generally speaking, they teach that ‘the Law has been abolished.’
And, generally speaking, they are absolutely wrong.
Please understand, I am NOT saying that there is not life and peace in Messiah Yeshua. He absolutely IS Life and Peace. Remember, He said, “I did NOT come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill…not one jot or title will pass from the Law until heaven and earth pass away…”
What I am saying is that Torah is what Yeshua came to redeem us to. He came to restore us to the covenant. (See the reNewed Covenant: Jeremiah 31:31-34 and notice that what is to be written on our hearts is Torah…. v. 33) We are enabled, by the Spirit, to walk obediently as He walked. In Torah we find life and peace.
Psalm 19:7-14 says,
7 The Torah of Yahweh is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of Yahweh is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of Yahweh are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of Yahweh is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of Yahweh is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of Yahweh are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Yahweh, my strength, and my redeemer.
Once we overcome the false paradigm that Torah is “baaaad” and begin to understand that over and over in Scripture we are commanded to follow and that blessings come from obedience, THEN we can begin to fully understand Messiah, Yahweh and Scripture. Not before. Any understanding of Scripture that does away with Torah completely violates and warps the whole book and all we read in it.
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I pray this has been a blessing to you and pray you will study this out. Shalom!