Studying Torah

Open My Eyes: Wonders of Torah

“Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.  Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yod or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened.  So whoever disobeys the least of the commandments and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:17-20). 

The Torah portion thoughts come from questions my family asked, searched out, and may even still have.  Sometimes they are just a repetition of the Scriptures because we thought those had some meaning and purpose that we didn’t have  ‘eyes to see’ at that point in time.   It is important to remember that the literal interpretation comes first and is most important when studying Scripture.  Though there may be allegories and allusions, those are secondary and may be drashed out.

When the Scriptures were written down by Moses, he didn’t have the fullness of the Scriptures we have today with the prophets, the gospels and the letters.  We have a more complete picture of God’s eternal plan while he had just a glimpse in the moment.   When Yeshua walked on the earth, he only had the Hebrew portion of the Scriptures – the Torah, the Prophets and the Psalms.   These were the Scriptures he taught from and  contained the commandments he taught us to obey.

The complete set of these Torah portions are in a book entitled Open My Eyes: Wonders of Torah which may be purchased through amazon.com.  The book has citations for all extra-biblical commentary, definitions, and explanations for factual inclusions like making gold thread and embalming.