Instruction or Teaching (Law) – Hebrew: Torah


Torah in Hebrew means ‘teaching and instruction’

Torah is also known as the ‘law of the LORD,’ the ‘law given to Moses,’  it is to be guarded and observed for life.

“Then he took the book of the covenant (instruction) and read it aloud so the people could hear; and they responded, “Everything that ADONAI has spoken, we will do and obey.’ Moshe took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which ADONAI has made with you in accordance with all these words” (Exodus 24:8, CJB).

“Then he (Moses) took the Book of the Covenant (instruction) and read it to the people.  They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said we will obey” (Exodus, 24:8, NIV).

When Torah is translated as ‘law,’ it gives sense of legalism which has perverted the true meaning and purpose of the word Torah.

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” (Exodus 24:8, 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” (Exodus 24:8, NIV).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Tav – ‘Crossed Sticks’ means ‘covenant or sign’

Vav – ‘A Nail’ means ‘binding or binding together’

Resh – ‘A Head’ means ‘authority or leader’

Hey – ‘A Window’ means ‘behold or reveal

torah – covenant sign binding together the authority revealed

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

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