Since being led on this ‘walk’ into Messianic Torah Obedience, I have been ‘developing’ the Pete translation of Scriptures. I say that VERY much, tongue-in-cheek, but let me explain what I mean.
Early on, I began to find very interesting threads/verses when an English word was rightly seen in its Hebrew original. I am always making highlights and notes in my NASB Study Bible, so, it was only natural to add these new tidbits. As an example, I opened the concordance, looked up the word ‘torah,’ then proceeded to use a blue highlighter and circle every occurrence in the English text. Torah is usually translated as ‘law,’ however, ‘teaching’ and ‘instruction’ are other words used. The real value of having every instance circled is that as I read a passage, that word stands out and I can easily see multiple uses or synonyms set along side (way, voice, path, command, milk, honey, wine, etc).
‘Torah’ was the first such word I individually marked with a dedicated mark (blue circle), but the second was ‘yeshua,’ which appears more than 75 times in the Tanak. Every instance has a hot pink line through it with the word ‘yeshua’ written above. More recently, I have added a purple underline for every instance of ‘Angel of the Lord,’ ‘Angel of God,’ ‘Word of the Lord’ and all instances of ‘Memra‘ that I can find in the Targumim.
So, recently, I have thought multiple times of going back and looking at a few of the ‘yeshua’ uses in the Tanak to bask in The Word of Yahweh. I will simply post the Scriptures with the word ‘yeshua’ in the text. Read and enjoy with me.
For Your Yeshua I wait, O Yahweh. Gen. 49:18
But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! [a]Stand by and see the Yeshua of Yahweh which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.
“[a]Yah is my strength and song,
And He has become my Yeshua;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will extol Him. Ex. 14:13, 15:2
Sing to Yahweh, all the earth;
Proclaim good tidings of His Yeshua from day to day. I Chr. 16:23
Many of the uses of ‘yeshua’ appear in the Psalms. Here is a selection, some of which are closely tied with ‘Torah.’ The first is a particular encouragement when I consider those who errantly say, ‘he has, or will, abandon Jesus.’ They have no clue!
O Yahweh, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
2 Many are saying [b]of my soul,
“There is no [c]Yeshua for him in God.” [d]Selah.
3 But You, O Yahweh, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head….
Yeshua belongs to Yahweh;
Your blessing [b]be upon Your people! Selah. Psalm 3:1-3, 8
Here is a great verse with hints of Isaiah 2:1-5 and Micah 4:1-5… (Notice ‘torah,’ ‘word of the Lord,’ and synonyms…)
Oh, that the Yeshua of Israel [a]would come out of Zion!
When Yahweh [b]restores His captive people,
Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad. Psalm 14:7
And my soul shall rejoice in Yahweh;
It shall exult in His Yeshua. Psalm 35:9
Here is a verse I believe Paul and Peter both had in mind as they penned several passages in the ‘new’ Testament.
I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me,
And You have become my Yeshua.
22 The stone (eben) which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner. Psalm 118:14-24
There are many, many more examples, but I’ll wrap up with three that directly connect salvation, or ‘Yeshua’ with ‘Torah.’ Psalm 119:153-155, 165-166, 174
Look upon my affliction and rescue me,
For I do not forget Your Torah.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me according to Your [a]word.
155 Yeshua is far from the wicked,
For they do not seek Your statutes. (vss. 153-155)
Those who love Your Torah have great peace,
And [a]nothing causes them to stumble.
166 I hope for Your Yeshua, O Yahweh,
And do Your commandments. (vss. 165-166)
I long for Your Yeshua, O Yahweh,
And Your Torah is my delight. (vss. 174)
There are many more examples, but in the interest of keeping this post a manageable ‘read,’ I have skipped some gems. Perhaps, you, the reader can add a favorite that is not already listed…
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This is good. Another good Word to run the thread and meaning is ‘Wisdom’. Especially in the Proverbs. It brings a whole new Light on His Word.
This may be off point but It may be time for me to get some highlighters that really seems to help. I can get my massive 1951 family bible I got at a yard sale for two buck, Fed (play money) Reserve notes, at that. They practically gave it to me.
If I could offer a suggestion, as you start hi-lighting, have a few specific colors or symbols for particular topics or words, then several colors for broader highlighting … I didn’t start quite that way and wished later that a few things had been in a specific color. The distinctions and visibility of particular concepts, thoughts, words, etc, makes the text much easier to read and recall…
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