Seven Questions That Will Change Your Life

Seven QuestionsPlease prayerfully consider the following seven questions!  These questions are designed to cause you to think, and each question builds upon the next.  The answers to each are found in our Bibles, and I encourage you to use your Bible and read the full context of the quoted verses as you answer each question.

How do we love God?

What is Sin?

What is the Law?

What is Lawlessness?

What are Commandments?

What is Righteousness?

What is Truth?

How do we love God?

For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, 1 John 5:3

And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. 2 John 1:6

“If you love Me, you will keep My commands. John 14:15

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4

We love God by keeping His commandments.  It’s that simple.

What is Sin?

Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law. 1 John 3:4

Another easy one.  Sin is breaking the law.

What is the Law?

This is where things start to get a little trickier, so I’ll use several sources to help us arrive at the most biblically appropriate answer.

Merriam-Webster defines law as:

  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. the revelation of the will of God set forth in the Old Testament
  3. the first part of the Jewish scriptures: Pentateuch, Torah

Strong’s H8452 and G3551 are the Hebrew and Greek words translated as law in our Bibles.

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

Here is what the Bible says about law:

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

The law in the bible is referring to Torah.  Translating Torah as the 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.  As the Strong’s definition points out, the law produces a state approved of God.  The law is the Torah, Gods instructions for how to be righteous.

What is Lawlessness?

Merriam-Webster defines lawlessness as:

  1. not regulated by or based on law
  2. not restrained or controlled by law

Strong’s G458 is the Greek word translated as lawlessness in our Bibles.

G458 anomía (from 459 / anomos “destitute of (the Mosaic) law”) – properly, without law;

  1. the condition of without law (because ignorant of it), (because of violating it)
  2. contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness

Here is what the Bible says about lawlessness:

Matthew 13:41 “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

1 John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

1 John 3:4 defines exactly what lawlessness is…SIN.  Sin is defined as the breaking of the law and the law that defines sin is Torah.  Breaking Torah is Lawlessness.  2 Corinthians 6:14 makes a very clear distinction between righteousness (obeying Torah) and lawlessness (breaking Torah).

What are Commandments?

Merriam-Webster defines Commandments as:

  1. the act or power of commanding
  2. something that is commanded; especially: one of the biblical Ten Commandments

Strong’s H4687 and G1785 are the Hebrew and Greek words translated as commandments in our Bibles.

H4687 mitsvah – commandment (of God) (of man)

G1785 entolē – an order, command, charge, precept, injunction

Here is what the Bible says about the commandments:

Leviticus 22:31 “Therefore you shall keep my commandments, and do them. I am YHWH.

Deuteronomy 4:40 You shall keep his statutes, and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land, which YHWH your God gives you, forever.

Matthew 5:17 But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Matthew 22:40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

A commandment, statute, or judgment is anything YHWH commands us to do or observe.  Commandments are YHWH’s instructions for righteousness, and they are found in the first five books of the Bible, known as the Torah.  The verses we have listed show the importance of keeping YHWH’s commandments, forever, throughout our generations.  Even the New Testament verses show the commandments are to be observed today.  Matthew 22:40 is often used to say that believers are only required to keep two commandments, love your neighbor and love YHWH, but Y’shua makes it clear that all of the Law (Torah, Commandments) depend on those two, NOT that those two are the only ones we are required to keep today.

What is Righteousness?

Merriam-Webster defines righteousness as:

  1. morally good: following religious or moral laws: caused by something that you believe is not morally right or fair
  2. acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin

Strong’s H6664 and G1343 are the Hebrew and Greek words translated as righteousness in our Bibles.

H6664 – tsedeq (from 6663 / tsadaq “to be just, be righteous”) – justice, rightness, righteousness

  1. what is right or just or normal, rightness, justness (of weights and measures), righteousness (in government), of law

G1343 – dikaiosýnē (from 1349 /díkē, “a judicial verdict”) – properly, judicial approval (the verdict of approval); in the NT, the approval of God (“divine approval”).

  1. in the broad sense, the state of him who is such as he ought to be, righteousness; the condition acceptable to God

Here is what our Bibles say about righteousness.

Psalm 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you, because of your righteous ordinances.

Psalm 119:137 You are righteous, Yahweh.  Your judgments are upright.

Psalm 119:138 You have commanded your statutes in righteousness.  They are fully trustworthy.

Psalm 119:160 All of your words are truth.  Every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever.

Psalm 119:172 Let my tongue sing of your word, for all your commandments are righteousness.

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Righteousness is simply the condition of being acceptable to YHWH.  Romans 10:3 shows us that there is a difference between YHWH’s righteousness and our own righteousness.  David makes it very clear in Psalm 119 that YHWH and his ordinances and commandments (Torah) are righteous, so it only stands to reason that following and observing YHWH’s ordinances and commandments is what leads us to the state of righteousness that is acceptable to YHWH.  Following Torah is righteousness.

What is Truth?

Merriam-Webster defines righteousness as:

  1. the real facts about something: the things that are true
  2. the quality or state of being true
  3. a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true

Strong’s H571 and G225 are the Hebrew and Greek words translated as truth in our Bibles.

H571 – ˒emet – truth; right; faithful

  1. truth as a body of ethical or religious knowledge

G225 – aletheia – truth

  1. what is true in things pertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth

Here is what our Bibles say about truth.

Psalm 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

Psalm 119:151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.

Psalm 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.

John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Truth is God’s word, his instructions or Torah!  Y’shua also says in John 14:6 that He is truth.  This makes perfect sense when we consider John 1:14.  Y’shua is the Word made flesh; the truth is the word of God, the word of God is the Torah.  Y’shua and Torah are one, and they are both truth.

Loving God is expressed by our keeping of his commands or laws (Torah).  Sin is defined as breaking God’s laws or commandments.  The law or commandments are known as the Torah or God’s instructions in righteousness.  Following Torah leads to righteousness.  When we set aside the Torah as if it does not apply to modern day believers, we are sinning and also not loving God, or at least not loving him the way He wants to be loved.  Without Torah, there can be no righteousness.  The Torah is love, and His word is the truth!

Ecclesiastes 12:13 sums everything up and is the perfect verse to close us out!

When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear YHWH and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity.

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Posted on March 22, 2015 in Confronting Mainstream Christians, Foundational Teachings

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  1. Joanne Fetzer
    March 22, 2015 at 9:59 am · Reply

    Awesome! Thank you so much for posting this!

    • TorahBabies
      March 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm · Reply

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  2. Ocia
    July 4, 2015 at 10:33 am · Reply

    Oh, my! How wonderful, how simple. Thank you so much.

  3. Ben pursuing Torah.
    November 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm · Reply

    Another good one! Gonna print it out if that’s ok to hand out at our Shabbat group.

    • TorahBabies
      November 10, 2015 at 8:44 pm · Reply

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