Archive for 2018

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.

©2011 Tentstake Ministries


Testimony – Hebrew: Edah


Edah in Hebrew means ‘testimony’

Genesis 31:44

“So now, come, let’s make a covenant (testimony), I and you; and let it stand as a testimony between me and you” (Genesis 31:44, CJB). 

“Come now let us make a covenant (testimony), you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us” (Genesis 31:44, NIV).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Ayin – ‘An Eye’ means ‘see or understand’

Dalet – ‘A Door’ means ‘door or pathway’

Hey – ‘A Window’ means ‘reveal or behold

edah – understand the pathway revealed

©2011 Tentstake Ministries


Statute – Hebrew: Hoq


Hoq in Hebrew means ‘statute, rule or regulation’

“I am establishing my covenant (statute, rule, regulation) between me and you along with your descendants after you, generation after generation, as an everlasting covenant, to be God for you and for your descendants after you” (Genesis 17:7, CJB).

I will establish my covenant (statute, rule, regulation) as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you” (Genesis 17:7, NIV).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Hey – ‘A Window’ means ‘reveal or behold’

Koof – ‘Back of the Head’ means ‘what is behind or what is past

hoq – behold what is behind

©2011 Tentstake Ministries


Word – Hebrew: D’var


d’var means ‘word’

“I will make my covenant (word) between me and you, and I will increase your numbers greatly” (Genesis 17:2, CJB).

I will confirm my covenant (word) between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers” (NIV).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Dalet – “A Door” means ‘door or pathway

Vav – “A Nail” means ‘to bind together or binding’

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

d’var – pathway that binds to the authority

© 2011 Tentstake Ministries




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