Posts Tagged ‘Torah’

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).

©2011 Tent Stake Ministries

June 10, 2014 – Rome or Jerusalem

When I read this article about Joel Osteen and the Pope, I thought of two Scriptures. First, Matthew 7:13-14 “Go in through the narrow gate; for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and the road broad, and many travel it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” It seems to me that mega-churches and the ‘all inclusive’ concept of the Pope that ‘resonated’ with Mr. Osteen is not one that Jesus/Yeshua taught. FEW, not megas will enter the narrow gate; the megas will find destruction.

Second, Isaiah 2:3 (Micah 4:2) “Many nations will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of Adonai, to the house of the God of Jacob! He will teach us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah (law), the word of Adonai from Yerushalayim.” These Scriptures speak of the Millennial Reign of Yeshua from Jerusalem over all the nations. If the ‘law’ is to come out of Zion and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem, WHY do the masses always look to the pope and Rome for truth and guidance and ‘the rules’? It’s because of Rome (and the catholic church) that the corporate Body of Messiah doesn’t look anything like the First Century Church where Jerusalem was central to all teachings and doctrines. It’s because of Rome that the church is separated from its Biblical foundation in the Hebrew Scriptures, the nation of Israel and the culture (Biblical celebrations) in which the Scripture was written and exemplified the life of our Messiah. In other words, let me say Christ Mass, Easter, and Sun-day. They all come from Roman catholicism and edicts by popes and non-Jerusalem, non-Biblically-centered councils filled with anti-semitism and lies:
The Catholic Record, the Council of Laodicea (remember this church was judged by Yeshua in Revelation as being lukewarm and Revelation was omitted from the canon of Scripture at this council).

It’s also interesting that the ‘law’ will come forth from Zion. I read something the other day in a secular news article that said, “The world gets its cues for life from the church and the church has become immoral and lawless.”    Because of Rome and it’s separation from a Biblical foundation of truth which includes Torah, the concept of the ‘law’ being done away with has exploded into a universal teaching of lawlessness by not only feel-good, positive preachers, but mainstream Christianity inclusive of evangelicals, protestants, and charismatics.  This is Rome and the great apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

Make sure that whoever you are listening to gets their information from the Scriptures – all of them, what is called old and what is called new – and not from feel good, positive thinking, growing self-esteem humanistic ear-tickling deceptions. Why? Because none of them teach the Truth of the Scriptures nor the real Jesus, our example who suffered and  learned obedience through his suffering.  The real Yeshua, our real salvation,   said that those who went through the wide gate were ‘workers of lawlessness’ and would not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Yeshua never ever suggested that anyone should look to Rome for direction or truth, in fact all of Israel wanted to be liberated from Rome.

Paul taught in Romans that the message of salvation was to go “to the Jew first, then the gentile” and warned the Romans about having arrogance over branches of the Olive Tree of ISRAEL that were ‘cut off.’ Romans were warned.  ROME!

Romans 11:16-21 Now if the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole loaf. And if the root is holy, so are the branches.  But if some of the branches were broken off, and you — a wild olive — were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree,  hen don’t boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you.  So you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”  True, but so what? They were broken off because of their lack of trust. However, you keep your place only because of your trust. So don’t be arrogant; on the contrary, be terrified!  For if God did not spare the natural branches, he certainly won’t spare you!” 

If you are not interested in following the God of the Bible and his way of salvation through Yeshua,  that’s your decision.  We are each given free will to choose who we serve in this life and how we live out our lives.   But, if you are seeking to serve the God of the Hebrew Scriptures, don’t allow yourself to be deceived to believe men like Joel Osteen and women like Joyce Meyer are leading you to the narrow gate of entrance to the Kingdom Yeshua taught about, they are not.  They are making you feel good and all-inclusive.  Remember catholic means ‘universal in extent.’  There is only one King of the Universe and it isn’t the Pope; and the King of the Universe will not ever reign from Rome.

©2014 Tent Stake Ministries

Psalm 119:97-104 (Mem)

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 - Water

Word Picture – Water

 מ Mem – Wave of Water

Mighty, massive (like the ocean), chaos (like the ocean), to come down from (like water down a stream)

“Oh, how I love your law!  I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.”

This is one of my favorite sections of Psalm 119.  Studying, meditating and obeying God’s Torah (law) brings great wisdom over our enemies, more  insight than our teachers, and more understanding than our elders who have lived long, spiritually-focused lives.  Isn’t that what we want in our walk with Messiah: wisdom, insight and understanding?  With the Spirit, we are told we have the mind of Messiah so we should begin to walk and do the things he did (1 Corinthians 2:16).  

The new covenant was not only about Jesus dying on the cross forgiving our sins so we can enjoy eternal bliss, it was inclusive of the Spirit of God writing His Torah on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:31).  King David had the Spirit of God with Him (Psalm 51:11) and that is why He could love God’s teachings and instructions the way he did.    Without the Spirit of God writing Torah on our hearts, we cannot love it nor do we even want to; in fact, according to Romans 7, we will fight against it (Romans 7:14).  

When we receive our new circumcised hearts of flesh, God begins writing His Torah on them.  As we allow His Spirit to guide us into all truth,  we suddenly see things in His ‘law’ we never did before.   I liken it to being suddenly re-attached to the roots of the Olive Tree of Israel and receiving a rush of living water.  Our hearts, minds and souls are revitalized and we realize that we had been walking a dry, barren faith without the wisdom and life-direction given in the Torah.  

This is when the Word of God becomes sweeter than honey to our mouths.  We begin to see the wrong paths our own foolishness while claiming to follow the Son of God, Yeshua.  We are given insight and understanding of  the statutes and precepts of our God that were lived out by Yeshua. We become his disciples rather than disciples of manmade words and traditions apart from the Hebrew Scriptures.   The chaos that was once enveloped our life becomes streams of living water exactly as Yeshua proclaimed at the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem:

“On the last and greatest day of the festival [Feast of Tabernacles], Yeshua stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive…” when the Spirit poured out Living Water on Feast of Weeks, Shavuot/Pentecost.

The root letter for the word ‘thirst’ – tzamah in Hebrew –  is Mem, for mayim.  When we receive the blessing of Living Water promised by Messiah and we we will no be longer thirsty.

“For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit on your descendants, my blessing on your offspring” (Isaiah 44:3).

“The time is coming,” says YHVH Elohim, “when I will send famine over the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11).

 ©2014 Tent Stake Ministries

Psalm 119:65-72 (Tet)

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 - Snake

Word Picture – Snake

ט Tet – A Snake

To Twist, Surround

“You have treated your servant well, Adonai, in keeping with your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, because I trust in your mitzvot. Before I was humbled, I used to go astray; but now I observe your word. You are good, and you do good; teach me your laws. The arrogant are slandering me, but I will wholeheartedly keep your precepts. Their hearts are as thick as fat, but I take delight in your Torah. It is for my good that I have been humbled; it was so that I would learn your laws. The Torah you have spoken means more to me than a fortune in gold and silver.”

Fat around the heart is very dangerous and increases the risk of a heart attack in the physical world.  Fatness of the spiritual heart comes from overindulgence in the ways of the world, not in the ways of God.  Both lead to death: physical or spiritual.  

In Deuteronomy 32:15, Jeshurun, meaning ‘righteous’ and referring to Israel, grew fat when he abandoned God’s ways.  He grew proud through material abundance and turned to fleshly gratification and worldly appetites.  He became arrogant against God and gave little value to His Words.  He did not desire God nor His salvation for he had all he needed in his wealth and possessions.

Psalm 17:8 talks about the wicked and how they are ‘enclosed (surrounded) in their own fat’ and speak proudly against God and His Torah.  The only way for a proud, arrogant man to turn back to God is to be humbled, to see His need for God and His righteous laws and remove the fat around his heart.   David was humbled after he sinned by committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband killed. After their firstborn son dies, he understood that his fleshly desires steeped in arrogance led him away from God’s righteous standards found in His Word.  He needed better judgment and knowledge.  

Walking according to God’s Torah, His laws and commandments will bring slander from the arrogant because they have been deceived through centuries of twisted doctrines and teachings.   (Remember how the serpent twisted the Truth and sin entered the world?) Slander, which includes the judgment of legalism today, is not easy to stand against, but David continued to stand against the wicked and wholeheartedly kept God’s commands and precepts.  For him, the Torah God had spoken meant more than a fortune in gold or silver. Through God’s righteous judgement on his ‘fat’ heart and humbling himself, he  returned to the ways of God. 

©2014 Tent Stake Ministries