Torah is God's Law - His Commandments - NOT Rome's. The Torah actually means "instruction" and "teaching" found in the original statutes and judgmentes He gave to Mosheh for ALL the children of Israel - NOT 1 tribe only nor solely for the State of Israel but for ALL who wish to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
" O seed of Abraham, His servant, O sons of Jacob, HIS CHOSEN ONES ! He is the LORD our God: HIS
JUDGMENTS ARE IN ALL THE EARTH. 8HE HAS REMEMBERED HIS COVENANT FOREVER.
THE WORD WHICH HE COMMANDED TO A THOUSAND GENERATIONS*. Which covenant he
made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, TO ISRAEL AS
AN EVERLASTING COVENANT." Psalm 105:6-8
* There were 14 generations from Abraham to King David, then 14 more generations from David to the exile in Babylon, then 14 generations from the exile till the Christ. That's how Matthew 1:17 sums up the list. Taking 25 years to a generation which is 4 generations every 100 years 4 x 20 = 80 and 2/3 generations since the birth of Christ - So since his death approximately 79 generations have come and gone.
FACT: Only some 132 Generations have passed since Abraham - Clearly and obviously, we are nowhere near fulfilling a thousand generations and everlasting means forever - God's Judgments are still alive and in effect which apply in all the earth TO HIS CHOSEN (i.e., Set Apart Ones, Saints) who keep His Covenant - meaning the Old Torah Covenant Law which was not "put away" at the Messiah's crucifixion or resurrection as the heretic Paul claimed - the New Covenant will not takes effect until God's Chosen of Israel and Judah are in Heaven (see here).
Confusion lies as to which of God's Laws are those we keep? Are they the 10 written in stone? Are they all 613 of the "Mosaic Law"? Are they the Catholic/Christian Commandments?
After years of confusion of attempting to reconcile the diametrically opposed personalities and character of the iron-fisted Old Testament God and that of the compassionate Messiah, I came to one key realization: The Messiah of the book of Revelation IS NO DIFFERENT from the Old Testament God. They BOTH command us to keep THEIR COMMANDMENTS which are one and the same:
"For I AM the LORD, I CHANGE NOT; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Malachi 3:6
Are the Commandments limited to the "10 Commandments"? No.
In Deuteronomy 6:1-–3 we read of laws, commands, commandments, decrees, and statutes: “Now this is the —the and the —that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you” (HCSB, verse 1, emphasis added). Other translations use words like decrees or laws. All these are part of God’s Law, with some slight distinctions.
A look at the various Hebrew words used helps highlight some of the differences:
in verses 1 and 2 (mitzvah): This is the general Hebrew term for “commandment” and usually refers to the comprehensive list of laws or body of laws given by the Lord in the Books of Moses. This is also the Hebrew term often used when the Lord spoke directly in the Old Testament.
(choq): According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary, this word means “statute, prescription, rule, law, regulation” and can refer to laws of nature (Job 28:26; Jeremiah 5:22; 31:35–36) or what is allocated, rationed, or apportioned to someone (Genesis 47:22; Exodus 29:28).
(mishpat): A judicial verdict or formal decree. In the Law of Moses, some of the legal types of rules would fall under this category.
in verse 2 (chuqqah): Chuqqah has a more specific meaning than choq, according to Vine’s dictionary. It refers to a particular law related to a festival or ritual, such as Passover (Exodus 12:14), the Days of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:17), or the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:41).
All four of these Hebrew words are used throughout the writings of Moses to refer to commands from God to be obeyed by God’s people. Distinctions are sometimes made regarding one word from the other, yet the overall principle is one of obedience to all that the Lord commands, whether it’s a general command, a prescribed law, a legal verdict, or a religious festival or ritual.
Most everyone who reads the NT overlooks the profound admiration, love and veneration the Messiah has for His Father that would make any dad proud. Matthew 21-23 makes this very clear - in so many words He is saying He won't waste His time with those who ignored His Father's Laws (Torah) come Judgment Day.
The New Covenant ("New Testament") is about REPENTANCE OF SIN. In other words, we were given OPPORTUNITY in our lifetime to reconsider our sinning ways to stop doing them - in effect, we were given time to redeem ourselves thru choice. In the Old Testament, no such opportunity for redemption was given - death came swiftly and brutally for the disobedient children of Israel and particularly its enemies. That is precisely what awaits those on Judgment Day when there are no longer "second chances".
The story of the adulterous woman in John 8:4 is a microcosm of the Old Covenant, New Covenant and Revelation because EVERYONE would be subject to immediate death - However - everyone, including the adulterous woman - MUST REPENT AND SIN NO MORE. Obviously, if she returned to her adulterous ways, she will not have mercy on the Day of Judgment from the Messiah who gave her - and all of us - the OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT OF OUR SINNING and REDEEM OURSELVES BEFORE HIM.
God the Father was and is merciful - He sent His Son to give everyone OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT AND FORSAKE THEIR SINNING WAYS - in other words, REDEMPTION thru REPENTANCE instead of automatic death as was the case in the Old Testament. The Messiah's ministry and ultimate price of torture and death was FOR THOSE THAT BELIEVE He was the Messenger spoken of by the prophets and do His Will which is to KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND TESTIFY HE IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.
Make no mistake - the Messiah WILL NOT HAVE MERCY on those who forsook Him and His gift of OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT OF OUR SINNING WAYS, forgiveness of others and keeping God's Law come Judgment Day - He Himself has made this VERY CLEAR in Matthew 7:21-23 and from the wrath He will unleash during the Apocalypse. The consequence is still ETERNAL DEATH as His Father ordered and warned in the Old Testament.
1. God's Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 and 34 - which included several "forever" commandments).
2. The Seventh Day Sabbath (Exodus 31:13; Exodus 31:16-17; Leviticus 23:3). God told us that the Sabbath would forever be a sign between Him and the children of Israel (which includes every believer, grafted-in or otherwise!) In the end times (which we are in now) the seventh day Sabbath will distinguish TRUE believers from the "lukewarm" - especially when the Antichrist starts putting pressure on people to conform to his rules:
Exodus 31: 13 "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: 'Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you."
Exodus 31: 16 "Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'"
3. The Biblical Feasts are outlined in Leviticus 23 which states after each feast: "it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations."
4. Keeping Kosher. Yes, eating "clean" foods was a "forever" commandment. You can search the Bible through, but you will never see that command negated. Kosher Law always was, and still is, YHWH's Law. He never said pork, shellfish, etc. were food! People called it food in rebellion against God. The NT passages (which Christians like to use as proof that appear to suggest we can eat whatever we want) deal with animals God gave us to eat and whether they are ceremonially clean and can be eaten at that time. Even in Peter's vision (Acts 11), Peter would never have eaten the kosher animals that had been in contact with treife (non-kosher) animals. Peter's vision was to show that the kosher animals were no longer considered unclean because they were among the treife. This was illustrating that the Gentiles were now to be accepted! The rest of the passage in Acts 11 shows that this is the correct interpretation and what the vision was all about....
For a complete outline, See Deuteronomy 14:1-21 and Leviticus 11. Also see Pastor Larry Lasiter's article, Food in the Bible.
5. Wearing tzit-zit, the "tassels" on the four corners of our garments. Today, we don't have "four-cornered" garments, but we can loop them through our belt loops or wear speak shirts (Google tzit-tzit for more info). Please see our articles on tzit-tzits and tallits.
Numbers 15: 37 ADONAI said to Moshe, 38 "Speak to the people of Isra'el (this includes women!), instructing them to make, through all their generations, tzitziyot on the corners of their garments, and to put with the tzitzit on each corner a blue thread. 39 It is to be a tzitzit for you to look at and thereby remember all of ADONAI's mitzvot and obey them, so that you won't go around wherever your own heart and eyes lead you to prostitute yourselves; 40 but it will help you remember and obey all my mitzvot and be holy for your God. 41 I am ADONAI your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt in order to be your God. I am ADONAI your God."
6. Circumsicion. Abrahim, as part of his covenant with God, was commanded to circumcise his foreskin. "This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant" (Genesis 17:10-14).
Centuries later, God revealed what circumcision represented. "But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt- then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land" (Leviticus 26:40-42). Hence, uncircumcision represented stubborn sinfulness. Circumcision was done on the outward flesh, but it represented the acceptance of the covenant in the mind, including the willingness to obey the laws within the covenant. When God told Israel, "Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer" (Deuteronomy 10:16), it meant that they were remove their stubborn sinful thoughts from their minds. In other words, they were to purge sin from their lives and become obedient to the laws of God. "And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live" (Deuteronomy 30:6).
I absolutely used to love to eat all types of pork products, shrimp cocktails, lobster and frog legs and still crave them at times - but I accepted God's word on the matter and though it was not easy, I stopped eating them completely. If I could, so can you. Go Kosher- it's for your own good and what God Elohim commands of His people.
SOME COMMON UNCLEAN ANIMALS
SOME COMMON CLEAN ANIMALS
A World Health Organization (WHO) group declared on Monday (10/26/2015) that processed meat, such as hot dogs and bacon, causes cancer and red meat may as well.
God's Ten Commandments
Catholic/Christian Ten Commandments
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
I am the LORD thy God. Thou shalt have no strange gods before Me.
Exodus 20:4-6 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my Commandments.
Deleted. See also idolatry in the Catholic Church
(There is idolatry in the Papal system so the second Commandment has been deleted or sometimes it has been absorbed into the first. All remaining Commandments are therefore shifted along one count.)
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God In vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Honour thy father and thy mother.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.
God's Law is a Way of Life
Keeping God's Law becomes a way of life soon afterwards when you know and accept it as being the very instruction the Father commanded to be followed forever and His son both fulfilled and taught His disciples to keep. You will need to sacrifice some things you've grown accustomed to and enjoyed - but you must not lose focus on the ultimate goal - sainthood in the kingdom of heaven.
The Word of God the Father are His commandments which have been mistranslated to simply meaning "Law" which is found in every bible today when in fact it means instruction/teaching: (Torah (//; Hebrew: תּוֹרָה, "Instruction", "Teaching" -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torah) for living in this world and for eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. Scripture tells us the Word was made flesh. That flesh was the Messiah. The Torah therefore is the Nazarene made flesh and explains how he confounded the sages at the age of 12 by His complete and thorough understanding of it.
You may well be keeping most of the Law to your life already - so no need to feel overwhelmed by keeping it. It comes down to ridding yourself of venerating objects such as crosses, statutes, rosaries and keeping the 7th day Sabbath which is from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. That means you must give up pagan holidays such as Easter, Christmas, and Lent among other such pagan Christian holidays. Not easy and some relationships may be strained but remember, God before family and friends. If they truly love you, they will accept your faith. If they don't, so be it - you will know in your heart, mind and soul your are following the way thru the small and narrow gate to the Eternal Father and Son that few find.
Read this thoroughly - it makes up 1/2 of the requirement to enter the kingdom of heaven. The material below is an overview of it's key elements. I have found that I sin far less and do more good for others since keeping the Father's Law than when I followed Christian doctrines.
“Do not think that I come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. For assuredly, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:18
Can it be more clear than that? So who are you to believe - the Son of God or a heretic and fraud named Paul who came to destroy the Law? Who gave him that right - the Father or the Messiah? The simple fact is neither one did.
The Law of God is the covenant for ALL the children of Israel - both the spiritual and the physical 12 tribes descended from Yisrael the son of Abrahim which involves following a way of life embodied in a set of religious obligations and civil laws (halakha). Unfortunately the word Hebrew and Israelite has been replaced with "Jewish" which is patently false since it conveys an inclusivity of the Law for Jews and likewise, an exclusivity to all "non-Jews". Nothing could be further from the truth:
"Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your
God." Leviticus 24:22
As much as you must see for yourself how all the scriptures coming from the Father, the Messiah, the Prophets and the true, legitimate Apostles confirm keeping God's Law which is still in effect, likewise you need to read the "Lawless Paul" page to prove beyond any doubt the heresy of this self-proclaimed apostle whose false doctrines led to the creation of Christianity and all its illegitimate offspring - the very Beast of Revelation that curses and violates the Word of God.
The Real Meaning of Torah
he word Torah is a frequently used and misused Hebrew word. In our English Bibles, it is commonly translated “law.” This is sometimes appropriate, often misleading.
The word Torah in Hebrew usage has a range of meanings. As with all words, usage and context determine
meaning in any given instance. It is bad methodology to assign the meaning of “law” to the word torah, and then to say that is what it means in every instance of usage. The definition given for torah in Strong’s Concordance is fundamentally in error. It is also misleading and can be used to support an erroneous theology about Biblical law. Strong’s (No. 8451) gives the following definition for torah: “a precept or statute, espec. The Decalogue or the Pentateuch – law.”
Torah does not mean “precept,” “statute,” or “law.” Nor does it primarily refer to the Decalogue. It can, in some contexts, refer to the Pentateuch (the five books of Moses).
An authoritative definition of torah is provided in A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Brown, Driver, Briggs), on page 435d: “direction, instruction, law.” Note that the primary definitions are “direction” and “instruction.” There are instances where the word can mean “law” but it is the context and usage that determines which meaning is intended.
The word torah is a noun derived from the verb yara meaning to “throw” or “shoot” (BDB, p. 434d). For example, when Pharoah’s armies were “cast” into the sea, the word used is yara. If in ancient times, one asked for directions, the person given them might “cast” or “throw” his hand in a given direction and say, “It’s that way.” We cast or throw stones in a given direction. We point a finger to provide instruction. We shoot an arrow at a target. Thus the verb yara came to mean to“lead” “guide” (BDB, p. 434d). It can also mean, “teach.” It is the word used for casting lots (Joshua 18:6). Another relevant meaning is to “point out” or “show” (ibid., p. 435).
In Genesis 46:28 we read, “And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen…” Hebrew translations say, “to point out the way.” The verb used here is yara. In Proverbs 6:13 of the KJV we see the term “teaches with his fingers.” Again the verb is yara. In Isaiah 9:14, yara is translated “teaching.”
BDB also points out that the word is used “specially of the authoritative direction given by priests on matters of ceremonial observance…they teach thy judgments to Jacob, and thy direction to Israel…” (Deut. 33:10). The word “teach” is yara.
So we see that the verb yara is the root from which the noun torah is derived. To “instruct” or “teach” is the verb. The “instruction” or “teaching” is the noun.
Notice now the discussion of the meaning of torah from an authoritative Jewish source (Back to the Sources edited by Barry Holtz):
“Torah for the Jewish tradition is a multifaceted term. On one level it refers to the first five books of the Bible, the content of the scroll found in any synagogue. In another more expanded sense, Torah is the Hebrew Bible as a whole. But Torah stands for more than one text or one book. Torah is revelation, the entire revelation and the entire activity of Jewish study throughout the generations. When the rabbinic sages speak of the Written Torah and the “Oral Torah” (the Oral Torah being the commentaries and holy texts of later generations) as both being given at Mount Sinai, they mean to suggest that all Jewish study is Torah and all Torah has the value of revelation” (Holtz, p. 12).
What Torah Does Not Mean
Holtz takes pains to clarify what the word Torah does not mean. He writes, “The title ‘Law’ however, is of Greek, not Hebrew, origin and derives from the word nomos, ‘law.’ This is familiar from the name of the fifth book of Torah,Devarim in Hebrew. This Hebrew name means ‘words’ and is taken from the first words of the book: ‘These are the words that Moses spoke to the Israelites across the Jordan…’ But in the Greek translation of the Bible adopted by the Christian Church, the book was entitled Deutero-nomos…which describes its contents as a review of the law, a second law” (Holtz. p. 84).
The Greek nomos is not an exact equivalent of the Hebrew torah. Holtz explains what torah does not mean: “The Hebrew word torah does not strictly mean ‘law.’ The fact that it does not is crucial to its role in Judaism. Hebrew does employ words for a ‘statute,’ a ‘ruling,’ and, of course, a mitzvah, a ‘commandment.’ But the word torah itself means ‘instruction’ or ‘teaching.’” (Holtz p. 84).
Note that Holtz considers it “critical to Judaism” that the word torah be correctly defined and used.
A Second Witness
Ariel and D’vorah Berkowitz, both of whom are Messianic Jews, write in their book Torah Rediscovered: “First and foremost, the Torah is God’s teaching. This is the primary meaning of the Hebrew word Torah…Moreover, the root for ‘Torah’ can be traced to the Hebrew word meaning ‘to shoot an arrow,’ or ‘to hit the mark.’ Thus, the word ‘Torah’ means literally, ‘teaching,’ whether it is the wise man instructing his son, or God instructing Israel.’ Hence, we can say that ‘Torah’ is God’s teaching, hitting the mark of man’s needs, including his need to know who God is and what His righteousness looks like.
“Torah is a document in which God has revealed Himself to mankind and taught us about Himself and His righteousness. In the Torah, one can learn all the theological concepts which are expanded upon throughout the rest of the Bible, such as sin, sacrifice, salvation, sanctification – and Messiah, the One who accomplishes it all” (Torah Rediscovered,pp. 7-8).
A Third Witness
Torah, explains Rabbi Morris Kertzer in What is a Jew? (pp. 108-109): “…is our way of life…All the vastness and variety of Jewish tradition…More narrowly, the Torah is the most revered and sacred object of Jewish ritual – the beautiful hand-written scroll of the Five Books of Moses…which is housed in the Ark of the Synagogue.”
So the word Torah can be defined broadly or narrowly, but it does not strictly mean “law” and should not be so translated or used. The correct translation in most instances would be “instruction,” “teaching” or “direction.” The Greek wordnomos is not an exact equivalent of torah. Torah does not mean “law” in the sense of English Common Law.
Arthur Hertzberg explains that, “…the concept of ‘Torah,’ in its full national significance, cannot be rendered adequately in any other tongue. Its content and connotations embrace more than ‘religion’ or ‘creed’ alone, or ‘ethics’ or ‘commandments’ or ‘learning’ alone, and it is not even just a combination of all these, but something far transcending all of them. It is a mystic, almost cosmic, conception” (Judaism, p. 85).
Neither Greek nor English have an adequate word for translating the concept behind the Hebrew torah. Nomos (law) is certainly inadequate to the task. Yet, in the New Covenant writings, or even in the earlier Septuagint translation, whennomos is used for the Hebrew word torah it can be misleading. This is especially true in the teachings of Jesus and later Paul. Much bad theology about Mosaic “Law” has been formulated on the basis is a misunderstanding of the concept of Torah.
To work with the concept torah we must first gain an adequate understanding of what it meant and means to the Hebrew mind. That meaning goes far beyond the idea of law or commandments. It is the sum total of all of the instruction and inspired discussion of God and his self-revelation from the beginning of time to the present. It is a grand concept – perhaps grander than can be conceived by the average Christian mind.
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