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A LOOK AT THE FIRST CENTURY CHURCH

Part 12 Summary

Review

Heb 4:12

12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.      AMP

So if the emphasis of God is on His Word then it would stand to reason that words are extremely important. Thus a study of specific words and their origins is essential to understanding the importance of not only their meaning but the implications that they have on our lives and how we respond to what we believe to be true.

One of the most significant and important discoveries I made during this study is the fact that Jesus is the Torah. There is no getting around this astounding fact. It lies in the simplest  of Jesus' statement in the Gospels. This is so profound that one would have to be taught to misunderstand the meaning behind it.

Mt 5:17 Do not think that I have come to do away with or  undo the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to do away with or undo but to complete and fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until the sky and earth pass away and perish, not one smallest letter nor one little hook [identifying certain Hebrew letters] will pass from the Law until all things [it foreshadows] are accomplished.  AMP

NT:3551 GREEK  nomos (nom'-os); from a primary nemo (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), genitive case (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle):

KJV - law.

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

This Greek word is translated from the Hebrew text and so the proper translation would be, "Torah"since it is a direct reference to the "law" of Moses or Torah. In order to see this, the original Hebrew text must be examined and the following is the definition of the ancient word translated "law" in the Old Testament from Strong;'s.

OT:8451 towrah (to-raw'); or torah (to-raw'); from OT:3384; a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch:

KJV - law.

OT:3384 hr*y* yarah (yaw-raw'); or (2 Ch 26:15) yara' (yaw-raw'); a primitive root; properly, to flow as water (i.e. to rain); transitively, to lay or throw (especially an arrow, i.e. to shoot); figuratively, to point out (as if by aiming the finger), to teach:

KJV - (+)archer, cast, direct, inform, instruct, lay, shew, shoot, teach (-ering,-), through.

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

 

This means that the word for law should be properly translated "Torah." What Jesus is saying here is that He is the "Torah" and all is fulfilled in Him. What God did at the "New Birth" was write the moral code for life on our hearts and then sent Holy Spirit to enlighten the Word in our lives causing us to walk in love as God loves. This gives us the ability to overcome the flesh. Judgment has come to the Christian and now that person "wants" to walk holy and blameless before God. The "Torah" becomes the framework for that walk, guiding and teaching us about how to walk before a Holy and just God. It is no longer a matter of trying to "do" the Torah, but following the promptings of Holy Spirit to walk accordingly. Obedience becomes a desire not a requirement and how we obey is written in the Torah. Simple, yes, no, maybe?

Now that Jesus is the manifestation of the Word(Torah), the apostle John makes this abundantly clear in chapter 1 of his Gospel

Jn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word(Torah), and the Word(Torah) was with God, and the Word(Torah) was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.            KJV

The Greek word used in each instance of this New Testament scripture reference is the word "logos" and that would be the written word. This has far reaching implications in that it implies the written word spoken at mount Horeb when God came to earth to meet with His creation. Let's also not forget that these are the very same "scriptures" that the New Testament writers allude to. There simply was no "New Testament" When these writings were first penned. Go back to Genesis and we see that God spoke creation into existence. Then, when He met with the children of Israel at mount Horeb, He spoke the "Torah" into existence on earth. In turn, that word became the manifest, at the "moed" or appointed time, Son of God. Pentecost reflects the giving of the "Word" and Shavout foretells the manifestation of the Word as well as the giving of Holy Spirit who is the teacher. What does Holy Spirit teach, the Torah which is now written on our hearts because of the new birth.

Before God spoke the Torah on Mount Horeb, laid the foundation of the world and before God took on the form of a man, these things already existed. The Torah or "teachings" were spoken, that makes them the Word. That word was made flesh and walked as a man. Everything that exists comes through the Torah or the Word of God or "Yeshua HaMaschiach"

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).                 AMP

Jn 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.           KJV

Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosenus in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  KJV

1 Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.       KJV

We are maybe over simplifying this whole thing, but the bottom line is this, if you throw out the "law" or "Torah" or "Old Covenant", or however you view the ancient scriptures, you literally throw out Yeshua.

Torah                                    Points to Yeshua

Festivals                               Point to Yeshua

The Psalms                         Point to Yeshua

The Prophets                     Point to Yeshua

Writings                               Point to Yeshua

 History                                 Points to Yeshua

New Testament                               Points to Yeshua

All of these elements point to Yeshua and are the complete history of the world and all that was, is and is to come.

Ecc 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun . 10 Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. KJV

Bottom line, throw out the "law"(Torah) or the Old Testament, and you throw out Jesus. Simple.

 

 

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This is only the beginning of this journey with our living God.

                DO NOT TELL ANYONE "Bob Berning said to leave your church." That is not what this is about!

o  Am I telling you to convert to Judaism?                                Absolutely not!

o  Am I suggesting leaving your current fellowship?                Absolutely not!

o  Am I suggesting maybe looking into the scriptures to learn for yourself and seek the fellowship of like minded believers?                                                YES

"As Christians, we read what we believe, but do we believe what we read?"