The Torah is the book that contains the law, is the legacy of identity of the people of Israel and is the root and the foundation of Judaism. The Hebrew word Torah basically means: teaching or instruction and it refers to the principles and knowledge to understand the law of God.
Just like a wise man instructs his son, is the same way God instructs his people. The Torah includes all the books of the Hebrew Bible and is through it that God express His care, His love, His character, His purpose, His expectations and His guidance in everything related to our daily life.
“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord!” Psalm 119: 1
The Torah is all about the Creator sharing the most intimate desires with the human beings He created. Is like an architect who designs the blueprints we need to follow and while we study it tells us not only what it is, but also what our lives should be. It also demonstrates the will of the Almighty, from whom comes everything that exists.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119: 105
According to the Hebrew tradition and for the Christians, the seed of the Torah was implanted and registered in Mount Sinai. The Torah represents the instructions of the Law and the divine teachings given to the people of Israel through Moses, who received the revelation directly from God and because of his participation in this act, it is also called the Law of Moses or the Mosaic Law. In Judaism, the term Torah includes the written and oral law and it’s referred specifically to the first five books of the Pentateuch, that were written by Moses.
“Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your statutes.” Psalm11 9: 155
But, for the believers in Jesus all the Scripture is the Torah. The term Torah includes all the Gospels, the book of Acts, the Epistles and the Revelation of John. The whole Bible is the instruction of God grounded on the Torah.
“Let my cry come before You, O Lord; give me understanding according to Your word.” Psalm 119: 169
The greatest form of teaching is the one that takes us to a level, from which we can understand and examine ourselves and learn from our mistakes, using the same tools that the teacher used. The voice of Yahweh, our Father, continues to be heard in each generation when the ones who study the Torah, reveal the DNA of this seed of wisdom, discovering new meanings and new ways to apply His Word that has always been there.
Matthew 7: 21 says: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”
The will of the Father is the Law, which is the Torah, and is the one that teaches us the way of life that ordains and regulates our daily living. Like the commandment that says: do not steal, and we don’t steal because this is the will of the Creator, but, it also instructs us because we understand that mutual respect to private property benefits all and it should start with us. The Law is the conjunction of instructions from God related to the correct moral, social and religious behavior of His people. The Law is a difficult to please owner and it requires that we keep a perfect behavioral pattern.
“For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2: 10
When we fail, which is unavoidable, the law produces condemnation. Regardless of its perfection, the law is uncappable of saving us and give us eternal communion with God because human beings are incapable to fulfill the law. Not obeying one of his commandments is enough to condemn us.
“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5: 19
Just as the traffic laws advise us and keep us and others safe, indicating us when to go, when to stop, the speed limit, the same way the instructions of the Torah are there to protect us, to give us the capacity, to educate us and guide us when we are lost, desperate and disoriented. These are the thoughts and nature of God. Because in the Torah God speaks of the abundance of his heart.
“I cry out with my whole heart; Hear me, O Lord! I will keep Your statutes.” Psalm 119: 145
The Torah is holy and is a blessing to the people of the Lord because they are not laws of man but of the Father Yahweh. The Law is pure because God is pure. God is holy therefore the Law is holy. The Torah comes from the Father therefore all the work that Yeshua did, was to fulfill the plans of the Father.
“Therefore, the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good” Romans 7:12
To accept the Father, we have to obey and respect the Torah and to accept his son you have to believe in his Word. Yeshua, did what he needed to do, in Him all the prophesies related to himself where fulfilled.
“Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” Luke 24: 44 – 45
Yeshua didn’t came to the world to abolish the law, oppose or invade it. His purpose was never to avoid fulfilling the law, because with His actions He demonstrated that He respected, loved and obeyed it. He even teaches His disciples to keep the law in their minds and in their hearts and to walk according to what was written in it.
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” Matthew 5: 17 – 18
Yeshua came to completely fulfill the law of God that contains and gives life to all the rest of the laws, the only and true law. which is LOVE and the obedience to God the Father. The greatest commandment that Jesus left to us, comes from the Torah.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6: 5
Yeshua came tol love us and to teach us to do all things in love.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13: 34
The law demands a perfect obedience and its divine design will always have an everlasting effect and it will fulfill the purpose for what it was created. Yeshua wants us to depend in the law of God, and not to put any other rule or command before it.
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” Galatians 3: 10
The Torah speaks about Jesus and is the instruction that guide us to the Messiah and as Christians we should read it, because in it is all the wisdom and knowledge of God.
“Therefore, the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Galatians 3: 24 – 26
To study the Torah, should not be simply a way to accumulate information, but to have the true knowledge of how the Creator of the Universe related with His creatures. Is to learn how to think in a divine way, is to understand how our Creator thinks. Is to share His spirit, until his preferences and his most intimate desires come inside of us.
That His thoughts and His purposes will become ours. Is to die to our self, to our pride, to our ego, so He can live through us. There is no other form of unity that can compare to any other wisdom. The law is only a guide to show us our need of the grace of God, that we can only find through Jesus and the gift that we receive through Him which is free.