Midrash is the Jewish term for hashing out Scripture. In other words, it is a way of finding an answer to a practical or theological question by studying the meaning of words in Torah. Midrash is used to discover halacha or how to walk out the direction of Torah commands. This method of studying the Scriptures has been used by rabbis and students of the Word of God for millennia even though it is most notably used by the Orthodox communities of the past few centuries.
Each of these four requirements are found in Torah and are grounded in pagan worship. Each requirement instructed a gentile to turn away from pagan worship practices in order to faithfully turn to Adonai. Embracing these four requirements was not considered legalism nor were they the end-all of living for Adonai; these requirements set forth by the Council in Jerusalem would help a gentile began a sanctified, holy life as they joined the Messianic community.
The Hebrew word for ‘walk’ is halacha which is used to describe the way one walks out the commands of Adonai. It also means ‘to go’ and ‘to come’ suggesting that whether you are coming or going in your life, your halacha should show forth evidence of Adonai.
The prophet Ezekiel was given a scroll with writing on the front and back. He is told not to be afraid of the House of Isra’el for they will not listen to the words. No matter what happens to him, Ezekiel is to preach the Word of Elohim so the people will know there is a prophet in their midst (Ezekiel 2). Ezekiel is told to eat the scroll and fill his insides. The scroll tasted like honey (Ezekiel 3). Some scholars suggest the little scroll is the ‘deed’ of ownership for the earth. Others suggest it is the ‘deed’ to the Promised Land.