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Instruction or Teaching (Law) – Hebrew: Torah

תורה

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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Psalm 119:9-16 (Bet)

 Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands and precepts.  It is broken up into sections with strange looking words or letters which are the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, each line of each section starts with a word beginning with this letter.  This is called an acrostic poem.    Each Hebrew letter also has a  word picture associated with it giving greater meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific letter-ed section.

Word Picture - House

ב – Bet – Tent or House

Physical house or building, body of something, household or family, inside or within

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; don’t let me stray from your mitzvot (commands).  I treasure your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you. Blessed are you, Adonai! Teach me your laws!  I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings you have spoken. I rejoice in the way of your instruction more than in any kind of wealth. I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways. I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word.”

Purity is a difficult lifestyle in today’s world especially in the area of sexual purity.  Guarding and protecting God’s Word has been minimized and its value disputed leaving young men and women without a solid moral compass.   Seeking the Lord with all one’s heart and not straying from God’s commands is the key to purity.  This ‘young man’ considers God’s rulings and laws his treasure and more valuable than wealth.  It is what is within us, within our homes and our families the reveals that which we delight in.  As Yeshua said in Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”   

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Psalm 119:33-40 (Hey)

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands and precepts.  It is broken up into sections with strange looking words or letters which are the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, each line of each section starts with a word beginning with this letter.  This is called an acrostic poem.    Each Hebrew letter also has a  word picture associated with it giving greater meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific letter-ed section.

Word Picture - Window

ה Hey – Window

Behold, to show, to reveal

“Teach me, Adonai, the way of your laws; keeping them will be its own reward for me. Give me understanding; then I will keep your Torah; I will observe it with all my heart. Guide me on the path of your mitzvot, for I take pleasure in it. Bend my heart toward your instructions and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; with your ways, give me life. Fulfill your promise, which you made to your servant, which you made to those who fear you. Avert the disgrace which I dread, for your rulings are good. See how I long for your precepts; in your righteousness, give me life!”

How does a heart bend?  It cannot be hard or stiff or it will break.  It must be soft and pliable to bend.  This is what happens when God takes a stony heart and through His Spirit turns it to flesh.  It becomes pliable and bendable.  It loses it stiff-neckedness and it’s carnality.  It becomes spiritual. 

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put my Spirit inside you and cause you to live by my laws, respect my rulings and obey them” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 CJB).  

Some say the window to the soul is through the eyes. Is the window to one’s heart condition the ability to bend toward God’s teachings and instructions?  Consider that James says actions reveal faith and actions complete our faith (James 2:14-17).

David longs for God’s precepts and His righteousness more than the worthless things he sees around him.   He desires God to fulfill His promise which he made to him and to all those who feared YHVH centuries before and fear YHVH now.   The promise is salvation, Yeshua,  Today, as we long for Yeshua to return and set up the eternal kingdom promised to King David, we should consider the words in Psalm 119 for in keeping God’s laws reveals understanding and brings reward.

“Here is what Adonai says: “Observe justice, do what is right, for my salvation is close to coming, my righteousness to being revealed” (Isaiah 56:1).

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Psalm 119:49-56 (Zayin)

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands and precepts.  It is broken up into sections with strange looking words or letters which are the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, each line of each section starts with a word beginning with this letter.  This is called an acrostic poem.    Each Hebrew letter also has a  word picture associated with it giving greater meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific letter-ed section.

Zayin – Weapon – Axe or Sword

Word Picture - Sword

To cut or to pierce

“Remember your promise to your servant, through which you have given me hope. In my distress my comfort is this: that your promise gives me life. Though the arrogant scorn me completely, I have not turned away from your Torah. Adonai, I keep in mind your age-old rulings; in them I take comfort. Fury seizes me when I think of the wicked, because they abandon your Torah. Your laws have become my songs wherever I make my home. I remember your name, Adonai, at night; and I observe your Torah. This [comfort] has come to me, because I observe your precepts.”

In Luke 2, Simeon includes in his prophecy to Mary “a sword will pierce your own heart too. All this will happen in order to reveal many people’s inmost thoughts.”  What would it be like to be told when you are redeeming your firstborn son that a sword will pierce your heart and your inmost thoughts would be revealed?   What does that sword have to do with her son? 

Hebrews 4:12-13 “See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword — it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart.”

The Word of God, which includes the Torah, is a weapon, a double-edge sword that cuts to the heart where soul meets spirit.  Those who love the Torah with their heart receive comfort when the Word of God judges their inner reflections and attitudes.   Those who understand the true purpose of the ‘age-old rulings’ will sing about them and proclaim the life and understanding that they have brought into their walk of faith.

Yeshua, Mary’s son, is the Word of God in the flesh (John 1:14).   He will pierce her heart both in his sinless life and condemnation to death by his own family members.   His revelation of truth in his Father’s Torah will bring conviction to Mary’s life when she tries to push or pull him in her own direction (turning water into wine).  It would not be enough for her to give birth to the Son of God, but while she must also like each one of us trust in the prophecies and promises of the new covenant through her son’s blood, she will also experience the loss of her firstborn son.

Weapons can be harmful if used wrongly.  According to Hebrews, the double-edged sword, the Word of God, is meant to cut our own personal hearts and is not to be used for cutting and piercing someone else’s heart.  As part of the new covenant, it is up to the Spirit of God to convict others of sin and write His Torah on each person’s heart line by line, precept by precept.  He will do this in His perfect timing and will for each individual in His kingdom. 

Even though the arrogant scorn David for observing the precepts of the Lord, he does not turn the sword into a chainsaw or sledgehammer and chase after the wicked and beat them over the head with God’s teachings in instructions.   Instead he continues to faithfully observe God’s precepts and extends grace and mercy to those who have abandoned  Torah and live wicked lives.  He exemplified this faithful way of life when he had numerous opportunities to kill King Saul, but chose not to.  He had already been anointed the next King of Israel and would receive his reward in God’s perfect timing and will.   

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