Why Torah is relevant for messianic believers in Yeshua
A Commentary by Don Demrow
Often referred to as "the Law," if you understand the Hebrew meaning of "Torah," it is better interpreted as "teaching." Translating "Torah," as "law" is simply another of the many mistranslations in our modern language Bibles. Most modern languages are sorely lacking in their ability to adequately express certain ideas. Let me emphasize this point - this is not a shortcoming of the Bible, but rather a shortcoming of LANGUAGE.
Torah can only be correctly described as "law" in much the same sense that the following statement would also be referred to as "law:" Don't put your hand in fire, or you will be injured.
I have included some scriptures here that are very often mistranslated by (I am sure well-intentioned) misguided pastors, in an effort to refute God's Torah. An in-depth study of these scriptures will reveal an undeniable truth about God's Torah - it is STILL a valid covenant for His people. I guess that's why God said it was to be an eternal covenant. ;)
I will not debate this subject with anyone - don't even waste your time emailing, or calling about it - rather, get a good interlinear Hebrew/English Tanach, and a good interlinear Greek/English New Testament, and study it FOR YOURSELF. If you open your eyes, and study prayerfully, you will realize, just as I did, and many others have, just what it is God is trying to say to us.
In a nutshell, He wants us to stop living like pagans, and worship Him, the way HE said, not the way we want to, or the way some pastor, priest, or rabbi told us.
Yeshua's coming back, folks, and soon - better face that fact. When He comes this time, though, it won't be as the sacrificial lamb, submitting Himself to us, but rather as the Lion of Judah. He's coming to exact His judgement on a world that has been selfishly pursuing its own interests too long. He is a jealous God, and will not tolerate this, so we'd better stop worshiping ourselves, our cars, boats, motorcycles, television sets... you get the idea.
Yeshua is coming back for His people, a holy (set apart, separated) people that love and worship Him.
If you're a gentile, you may not be "obligated" to keep Torah. But, as for me, and my family, we have chosen whom we shall serve - The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - YHVH, whom we know also as Yeshua. And serving Him means keeping Torah. We want to be joined to Israel, much as Ruth was - and live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him. YHVH, Yeshua, the God of Israel, will be my God, and the God of my family, and we will love him with all of our hearts, and with all of our souls, and with all of our minds, and with all of our strength.
Note that in the scriptures below, it is important to distinguish the differing uses of the English word "law", since more than one word was translated into "law." There is a difference between "law" as used in Romans 7:4, which means "sin" contrasted with "law" meaning "Torah" in James 4:11. In James 4:11, it should have read "instruction" or "teaching" in the English version, to be clearly understood.
God intended that we would study His word, not just casually skim it in the latest trendy version available. Those who dig the deepest find the richest treasure.