Law

Law

Also: The Law, Gods Law, Mosaic Law

Merriam-Webster

1. a binding custom or practice of a community : a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority 2 a often capitalized : the revelation of the will of God set forth in the Old Testament

2. the first part of the Jewish scriptures : pentateuch, torah

Strong’s

H8451 towrah or torah – (from H3384 yarah – to throw, shoot, to point out, show, to direct, teach, instruct) law, direction, instruction, Mosaic Law

G3551 nomos – anything established, anything received by usage, a custom, a law, a command

a law or rule producing a state approved of God, the Mosaic law

Scripture References

Joshua 1:8  This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

Psalm 119:136 Streams of tears run down my eyes, because they don’t observe your law.

1 Corinthians 14:21 In the law it is written, “By men of strange languages and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. Not even thus will they hear me, says YHWH.

1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully,

Commentary

The law in the bible is referring to Torah.  Translating Torah as law gives it a somewhat negative tone.  A much better translation would be ‘instruction.’  The root word for Torah carries the idea of shooting or aiming to hit a mark.  Torah is YHWH’s instructions for righteousness, or His way of showing us how to aim our lives towards righteousness.  Torah has more to do with ‘hand’ led instruction than ‘rod’ following legalism.

Torah is also known as God’s law or the Mosaic Law.

 

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