Recently, I was pondering the connection between a few verses of Scripture. I have mentioned how much I like YouVersion, so here is an image I recently posted followed by some comments and a music video (if I can find Troy Mitchell’s Light of the World). [If you are a YouVersion user, friend me. Search ‘Pete Rambo’ in Newberry, SC. My icon is a grey circle picture of Hebrew text.]
Scripture must define Scripture. We do not get to assign value or definition to words, rather, we must rely on Scripture to do so. This is extremely important when taking the words of Yeshua and trying to understand His intent where He Himself does not define terms. (Luke 8:11 is a clear example of Yeshua defining terms.)
As the image above cites, the Torah is light. While the quote says, ‘a light,’ the Hebrew has no article. It says, ‘Torah light.’ This is a simple fact that defines the term ‘light’ in order for us to insert the definition elsewhere. Much like those lovely equations we learn about in sixth or seventh grade, we can now define a variable. In the following example, we can solve for the variable. 2X + 5 = 3X – 1 Other equations require that the variable be defined for us, as an example 4Y – 6 = ???. We can insert anything at ‘Y’ and get an answer, however, if we do not know what the tester’s definition of ‘Y’ is, we are highly unlikely to arrive at the correct answer.
When Yeshua says, ‘you are the LIGHT…,’ He is not speaking indefinitely, rather, He is using specific terminology the hearer understood. We can evidence this through other verses and passages that demonstrate a co0mmon reference to Torah as light.
A further connection we can make is through observing the juxtaposition of darkness and light, good and evil as defined in Scripture. John 3:18 says,
19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
Evil deeds, equated here as ‘darkness,’ are sinful deeds. Scripture says that sin is the breaking of the Torah, therefore, this verse validate the Torah=Light assertion. Job 24:13 is an interesting verse that contextually elucidates this same dichotomy between light and dark; lawfulness and lawlessness,
13 “[a]Others have been with those who rebel against the light;
They do not want to know its ways
Nor abide in its paths.
Psalm 119:105 tells us,
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
The question is, what ‘word’ is the psalmist talking about?… Oh, yeah, the whole psalm is recounting the glorious riches and value of the Torah. [/sarcasm] This perfectly confirms everything we have discussed thus far.
Here are two more copied from my e-sword:
Isa_2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
Isa_5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Re:’sweet.’ Remember that Psalm 19:7-14 tells us the “Torah is perfect…sweeter than honey…”
A final note, a verse that offends pastors like no other, is Isaiah 8:20. Understand, this is not my word or my conclusion. This is the, as pastors like to say, ‘everlasting, unchanging, inerrant, inspired word of the Living God!!’ Read slowly and ponder deeply that you might understand,
20 To the [a]law [TORAH!!!!] and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn (or figuratively, light).
Our unmistakable conclusion is that the Torah is light and we are commanded to display that Light just as our Redeemer did and does. Those who want to be a light will walk Torah. Keeping part of it is diminishing the Torah and dimming the Light of the World by not displaying the fullness of His glory.
I adjure you, dear reader, to walk Torah. It is THE path of righteousness. Come out of the lies and paganism that we inherited from our fathers. Return to the paths we were covenanted to at Sinai!