RT: Torah

213-1.gifHaving 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 perfectPsalm 19:7James 1:25

The Torah is life and peace: Proverbs 3:1-2; Proverbs 6:23; Revelation 22:14; Psalm 119:165

The Torah is the way: Exodus 18:20; Psalm 119:1; Proverbs 6:23; Isaiah 2:3; Malachi 2:8

The Torah is truth: Malachi 2:6

The Torah is light: Proverbs 6:23; Isaiah 2:3-5; 8:20; 51:4

Remember, Yeshua is the Living Word, the Word made flesh, the light of the world, the Way, the Truth, the Life.

The Torah defines how to love Yahweh: Joshua 22:5; Psalm 119:34

The Torah defines Yahweh’s will: Psalm 40:8

The Torah defines sin: Jeremiah 44:23; Daniel 9:11; 1 John 3:4; Romans 7:7

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.

The Torah’s own testimony of itself is that it is life, peace, liberty, the way, truth, honey, wine, etc…  In short, it blesses those who are obedient to it and it curses those who are not.

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,

The Torah of Yahweh is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of Yahweh is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of Yahweh are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of Yahweh is pure, enlightening the eyes.

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.

If this has challenged you and you want to study further, here are a few links for more information:

Teshuva Ministries

Blessed or Cursed?

The rest of this blog…

Our Resource page.

I pray this has been a blessing to you and pray you will study this out.  Shalom!

About Pete Rambo

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3 Responses to RT: Torah

  1. Excellent post! And the best part is, it is our privilege as followers of Yeshua to walk in all His ways.

    How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
    Who walk in the law of the Lord.
    How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
    Who seek Him with all their heart.
    They also do no unrighteousness;
    They walk in His ways.
    You have ordained Your precepts,
    That we should keep them diligently.
    Oh that my ways may be established
    To keep Your statutes!
    Then I shall not be ashamed
    When I look upon all Your commandments.
    I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
    When I learn Your righteous judgments.
    I shall keep Your statutes;
    Do not forsake me utterly! –Psalm 119:1-8

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    • Pete Rambo says:

      Amein!! Once I made the seemingly simple paradigm shift to embracing Torah as Yahweh’s loving instructions that are to my benefit, Scripture just unfolded and made total sense from beginning to end. It has been an amazing journey that I would not trade the world for! Now I understand!!… But then, isn’t that one of the blessings promised with obedience to Torah? Understanding? Yep.

      Excellent choice of Scripture.

      Shalom to you my friend. Don’t be a stranger!

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  2. YHWH is Key. says:

    Same thoughts here. Torah is not bondage, it is merely a spiritual guard rail to keep you from falling off of a spiritual cliff.

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