Torah: Myths and Truths

Torah-Myths and TruthsMany believe that those who are seeking obedience to YHWH by obeying His Torah (instructions) are under bondage.  This cannot be farther from the truth unless we are choosing to call the Father Himself a liar. Something else that is often brought up or stated is that those who are Torah seekers have converted to Judaism. Not to hurt anyone’s feelings but this comes from a lack of understanding the Torah as well as a Judaism. Those of us behind Torah Babies are trying our best to follow YHWH according to His word and not any “religion.” There are certain traditions observed by different “religions” that are not bad or contradictory to the word of YHWH, and we have no problem with them if one chooses to observe or not to observe as long as they are not held above or do not contradict of the Fathers Torah.

 

This isn’t as much about tradition as it is about what YHWH clearly states as His list of “things we are to do” and “things we are not to do.”  He is a God that does not change (Malachi 3:6) nor does He have different sets of instructions for different people groups.  Let’s look together and see what it actually says about His Torah, which consist of His commands, and His laws, and His right-rulings.

 

Deuteronomy 30:11-20

“For this command which I am commanding you today, it is not too hard for you, nor is it far off. “It is not in the heavens, to say, ‘Who shall ascend into the heavens for us, and bring it to us, and cause us to hear it, so that we do it?’ “Nor is it beyond the sea, to say, ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, and cause us to hear it, so that we do it?’ “For the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart – to do it. “See, I have set before you today life and good, and death and evil, in that I am commanding you today to love YHWH your Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to guard His commands, and His laws, and His right-rulings. And you shall live and increase, and YHWH your Elohim shall bless you in the land which you go to possess. “But if your heart turns away, and you do not obey, and shall be drawn away, and shall bow down to other mighty ones and serve them, “I have declared to you today that you shall certainly perish, you shall not prolong your days in the land which you are passing over the Jordan to enter and possess. “I have called the heavens and the earth as witnesses today against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing, and the curse. Therefore you shall choose life, so that you live, both you and your seed, to love YHWH your Elohim, to obey His voice, and to cling to Him – for He is your life and the length of your days – to dwell in the land which YHWH swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

 

YHWH seems to be clear on the matter of it not being a burden to be obedient to Him.  After all, John tells us that it is how we show our love to our Father as well as Y’shua and he also confirmed that it isn’t a burden.

 

1 John 2:4-5

The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever guards (keeps) His Word, truly the love of Elohim has been perfected in him. By this, we know that we are in Him.

 

1 John 5:3

For this is the love for God, that we guard (keep) His commands, and His commands are not heavy (burdensome).

 

John 14:15

“If you love Me, you shall guard (keep) My commands.

 

 

Seems pretty cut and dry that it’s not a burden.  It is also clear that it is love being poured out from the Father to His children on how to love, honor, and worship Him, how to love others, how to love ourselves, and how to love His creation altogether. We are not here to convince anyone to believe or think the way we do, but we are here to encourage everyone to dig into the word of YHWH and follow Him the way He tells us to follow Him instead of the way we were taught by man.  The bottom line is that we get to choose to hear and obey Him or to hear and obey man but on judgment day we will all stand before Him. On that day, every knee will bow, and every man will answer for the choices that they have made.

 

We by no means claim to have all the answers nor do we claim to be 100% correct but we are diligently searching, praying, and studying so that we may serve Him the way in which He deserves to be served.  With that being said, we would like to end with a few thoughts and questions to be pondered.

 

Let’s assume for a moment that the law is truly done away with, which we strongly disagree with.  When we stand before Y’shua on judgment day knowing that we chose to follow YHWH’s instructions the absolute best we could because we truly love Him.  We try to eat by Leviticus 11; we try our best to observe the Sabbath and His feasts, keep and guard the 10 but also all of the Torah.  What do you think He will say?  Is there somewhere in the Bible that gives us the curses for obedience?  What will the punishment be for being obedient to His instructions because we love Him?

 

Now let’s look at it the other way.  What if the law/Torah is still very much for everyone today, and we stand before Him on judgment day after living our lives like the law was not for us? What will the punishment be?  Will Y’shua say depart from Me, I never knew you?  Would you then be considered workers of lawlessness or ones without the works of the law?

 

The law is what defines sin, and John also tells us in 1 John 3:4 that sin is a transgression of YHWH’s law, instructions, or Torah.  We realize that we cannot earn our salvation by keeping the law.  If that is what you think we are promoting then, you are grossly misinterpreting our intentions.  It’s not about that we “have” to keep all these commandments it’s that we “get” to keep them.  Because we love our Creator, and we know that His instructions (when followed) give life abundantly.  A line has been drawn in the sand, and it’s time to decide where we all stand.  It’s time to decide if you will hear the words “Welcome my good and faithful servant” or “depart from me you workers of lawlessness.”

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Posted on August 25, 2015 in Foundational Teachings, The Torah Today

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Jeremy lives in North Louisiana with his wife and three children. He grew up in Methodist and Baptist churches most of his life. His pastor, who also happened to be his Uncle, started realizing that Torah was still an important part of our relationship with God and began to incorporate Torah into his messages. Jeremy set out on a mission to prove his Uncle wrong and dove head first into the Word. He failed in his quest to disprove his Uncle and came to realize that the whole Word still applies to believers today.

Responses (3)

  1. Ebonee
    August 25, 2015 at 9:00 am · Reply

    This is so awesome…thank you for sharing these wonderful truths. I pass them on to fellow truth seekers.

  2. mark paul
    November 6, 2015 at 5:14 pm · Reply

    The Old worn out Christian line.. “..we cannot earn our salvation by keeping the law (ie: Torah)” .. Really?..where is that in the Word? Such assumption generally comes from the Ephesians 2:8 & 9 narrative.. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”. This talks of..being.. ‘Saved’..ie: the ‘Beginning’..not..’Salvation’.. ie: the End..& assumes ‘Saved’ & ‘Salvation’ are the same. For while the requirement for being..’Saved’..is merely accepting YHWH’s Gift of Grace..ie: Favour..through YHWH’s determined propitiation..Messiah’s Blood..& Repenting of Our Past life that was Contrary to HIS Word..there is TOO MUCH..Scripture that gives no lenience for ‘Salvation’..the ‘Apostle of Grace’..St.Paul even declaring to his Spiritual Son..Timothy.. 2Ti 3:15..”And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”..’able to make thee wise Unto Salvation’..implying a process & destination. His prayer also for the model believer that he might find mercy in that day of judgement. Mat.5:17-20 should leave no doubt..even ending with (emphasis mine) “Except..’Your’..Righteousness..shall ‘Exceed’ the Scribes & Pharisees (ie: who said & did not do) you shall.. ‘Not’..Enter the Kingdom”. And what does the WORD (John.1) decree..’Our Righteousness’ ?
    Deut.6:24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
    25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us”. The doctrine of.. ‘Once Saved always Saved’..& ‘Saved & Salvation’ the same thing..does not fit the Word nor the practical reality…nor Messiahs warning in Mat.7:21-23..
    ” Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (ie: Torah-lessness..Mat.5:19)

    Shalom.

  3. La
    August 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm · Reply

    Read Romans and Hebrews . This should sort any confusion.

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