Law – Hebrew: torah

Torah – Exodus 24:12

Hebrew תורה means direction and instruction also known as the ‘law of the Lord’, the ‘law given to Moses’, and the ‘law of God’, it is to be observed for life

This word is translated with ‘law’ and gives a sense of legalism which has perverted the true meaning and purpose of the word and creates sin.

The Hebrew word picture for torah is ‘a sign on the head that is seen’.  The tiny word ‘or’ in the middle means ‘light’ as Psalm 119:105 so aptly states.  To walk in the light of Torah will be a ‘sign on the head that is seen’ by everyone around.

yarah – ירה is part of the root of Torah and means to throw, to cast, direct, teach, instruct. 

“… but I will teach (yarah) you the good and right way” (1 Samuel 12:23).

Greek – nomos means that which is assigned, prescribed by custom or statute.  This word implies administration of justice.

Vines, page 355, “The statement maintains the freedom of the believer from the ‘law’ of Moses in its totality as a means of justification. …nomos a term comprehensive of all Scriptures, not a ‘law’ of compulsion enforced from without, but meeting with ready obedience through the desire and delight of the renewed being who is subject to it; into it he looks and in its teaching he delights.”

“ADONAI said to Moshe, ‘Come up to me on the mountain, and stay there.  I will give you the stone tablets with the Torah (direction and instruction) and the mitzvot (commands) I have written on them, so that you can teach them” (CJB).

“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law (torah) and commands I have written for their instruction” (NIV).

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