The Mainstay of the Torah, the ‘Teachings’ of God

The Mainstay of the Torah,  the ‘Teachings’ of God

The Torah is Judaism and Christianity’s most reliant and relevant text. It contains the Five Books of Moses and is the source of the Ten Commandments,  the 613 mitzvot. This law of The God of Israel, was revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Pentateuch).

The term Torah written in Hebrew text is: תּוֹרָה, meaning “teaching” or “instruction”, or “law”, also known as the Pentateuch because the Torah is written in the Old Testament where the Pentateuch is compiled referring to the Five Books of Moses— the entirety of Judaism and Christianity’s founding legal and ethical religious texts.

In the Pentateuch, (Hebrew scriptures) often called the Tanakh (a name used in Judaism for the canon of the Hebrew Bible) we find the Torah, (First 5 books) Prophets in Hebrew called often Nevi’im [The words spoken by the prophets] and Writings in Hebrew called Kh’tuvim such as Psalms, Proverbs, Job, The Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations and Ecclesiastes. I personally and normally use the word Tanakh rather than Pentateuch.

The Torah is the mainstay, in that everything written in it is based on the securities written there in. It is the source of the teachings that YAHWEY [The God of Israel} gave unto Moses, (Moshe) who would be God’s  {Elohim’s}  mouthpiece to the children of Israel, a type and shadow of  Yahushua HaMashiach, Jesus the Christ.

I am not going to go into a long explanation here but suffice it to say that if we are walking in the commandments of Yahwey ~ God of Israel ~ and are holding the testimony of Yahushua HaMashiach ~ Jesus Christ in our heart by the power of His Spirit, working out our salvation with fear and trembling, then we are grafted into the family of God and called a child of Israel. There are the chosen ~ the remnant of Israel (all Israel shall be saved) and there are ‘the called’, those who are called out from among the Gentiles into holy service to a Holy God; to keep, do and honor all that is Holy and righteous.

love The reason for this writing (The Mainstay of the Torah, the ‘Teachings’ of God) is to help others understand my writings, the terms I often use and of course an explanation of the title of this document called The Mainstay of Torah, the ‘Teachings’ of God.

2nd Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Timothy knew the same thing that all Jews who believe in Yahushua know and that is that in order to teach; one must build their ‘teachings’ on the foundation on the Torah. Yahushua knew this because He is the Living Word. Yahushua used this method of teaching, as does every author in the New Testament.

The great sweep of purpose in giving the Torah as a means toward righteousness, achieves its goal and consummation at the coming of Yahushua. Through Him, we can attain righteousness. Please do not misunderstand me here. We ‘cannot’ attain righteousness by any other means than through Jesus Christ. We cannot do anything in and of ourselves. Only by believing in Yahushua will we be able to obey the Torah by the Spirit of Yah who leads us into everlasting life, showing us and guiding us. This is because the goal at which the Torah has always aimed was toward Yahushua, who offers the Torah’s righteousness, which is God’s righteousness, to everyone who trusts.

To give an example I will use a sample of Paul’s writing.

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

A person that has trust in God which the Torah requires, therefore puts their trust in Jesus because the Torah is the foundation in which Jesus would come to restore that which needs redemption. To put Paul’s words into a different, yet understandable way, the purpose of the Torah is in Messiah, who provides righteousness for everyone who believes.

When we come to Yahushua, we completely trust in Him and put an end to our self-efforts to achieve the law of God that we never could achieve on our own.

Romans 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

This is how we know that righteousness is taught in the law.  Paul said that righteousness which is of the law, confirming that is where we find how to live in righteousness.  Paul often quotes the law and folks just fail to see the foundation that he is building on. Here is the foundation that Paul is teaching on in Romans 10:4-5

Leviticus 18:5 Ye shall therefore keep My statutes, and My judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

The scripture in Leviticus for example comes from Torah,   one of the first five books of the Tanakh.  This scripture is part of the teachings of God that we do not stray from, add too or take away from.  The instruction is to keep His statutes, and His judgments.  The judgement here is if a man does them, he will live in them.

Should there be any doubt whatsoever, righteousness that results from obeying God’s statutes and judgments leads to eternal life. The verse says, ‘he shall live in them’. To make this a stronger statement Paul says ‘the man which doeth those things (the law) shall live by them’.

As I mentioned Yahushua uses the same method.

The foundation of Yahushua’s life comes from the testimony of Moses in the Torah and the Tanakh as a whole. Nevertheless, what Yahushua teaches in the New Testament are the same teachings that are written in the Torah, only exemplified by Him who for righteousness sake; magnified the law and made it honorable.

Through out His lifetime and beyond Yahushua will have fulfilled the law and the prophets, but since Jesus has risen from the grave, His work in fulfilling the words of the prophets is not yet completed. He is still yet to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. We have yet to go to Zion to hear the law going forth and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He is yet to bring forth judgment to the nations and the isles still await His instruction.

The Bible tells us in the New Testament that only one law has been changed from the original law of God given unto Moses and that is written in Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also ‘a’ change of the law. This clearly only has to do with the ‘priesthood’ and not any thing else or any other part of the law.

Many folks make the mistake using yet this one more scripture to say that the law is done away with. However, the reality is clear right here in this text. The priesthood was to include only the family of the tribe of Levi.  Yahushua who became the High Priest was from the tribe of Judah but He was made High Priest according the order of Melchisedec, who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life and not after the order of Aaron from the tribe of Levi. This made it necessary for the law of the priesthood to be changed.  One change.  That is it.

If Yahushua,  during His life had taught anything other than using the foundation of the Torah, He would not have been representing the God of Israel. If our foundation is only built on the scripture in the New Covenant, we will not have an ideal understanding of God’s word or His will for our life.

When one looks at the Bible they hold in their hand, it is obvious that there is so much more written in the day’s of old than are written in the new. So one must ask, “Doesn’t it behoove us to study the old to understand the the new and visa versa? Is this not rightly dividing the word?

Let’s look at another example where Jesus uses what is taught in the Torah, that He used during His ministry.

Matthew 24:36-44 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Jesus is setting up His teaching by bringing to remembrance, what happened in the days of Noah.

Jesus said in verse 39 that when He returns (the second coming) the same will happen as it did when the flood came. Just as Noah was given notice, so have we. It won’t be a surprise to those who are expecting things to happen as Yahushua has told us, through those who recorded what He said.

Jesus says in verse 39 that it was the flood that ‘took them all away’. Just so we all know, it was the judgment of the unrighteous ungodly ones that they were taken away in the flood.

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. ~ Hebrews 11:7

It seems to me that since Jesus said it, it must be true. There will be two in a field. The one taken away is the judgment of the ungodly one. Two women will be grinding at the mill. The unrighteous ungodly one will be taken away just as it was in the days of Noah.

Jesus is not suggesting anything about a rapture here. Jesus is talking about the judgment that will take place at the coming of the son of man, just like it was written in the Torah, it will be the same at His return as it was during the days of Noah. It was those who were taken away that were killed and destroyed in the days of Noah. There were only eight that were saved.

In the book of Luke, we find a similar writing by its author.

Path One Luke 17:34-37 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

This was a teaching by Yahushua that Luke wrote about although Luke sheds a bit more light on the subject in his authorship. In his writing, the disciples ask Yahushua a question. Where, Lord? They are asking Him where the ones who are taken away, where will be taken away too?

His answer is: Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

They are taken away to a place of judgment and destruction.

Matthew 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

On a side note: The Parable of the weeds is pretty much the same way. Yahushua is discussing the time of His return. He will send His angels first to take all the unsaved into judgment and destruction.

Matthew 13:40-43 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

It is ‘all things that ‘offend’ & ‘them’ that do iniquity are the ones who are ‘gathered out’ of His kingdom and cast into the fiery furnace. After this Yahushua say’s, “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

This is why Yahushua brings up the days of Noah. He builds His teaching on the foundation of the Torah and the Tanakh, as does Paul and the Apostles when they taught.

We know too that through the mouth of the prophet, It was Isaiah who said to remember the days of old and that YAHWEY declared the end from the beginning. (Isaiah 46:9-10) Therefore, if we want to know how all of this will end, we can study what happened in the beginning and we will know. However, to be sure that we rightly divide the word, we find Yahushua teaching about the signs that will announce the end and what we can expect.

How can we trust what I am saying about the mainstay of the Torah being the method by which the writers of the New Testament taught?

Luke 24:25-26 Then he said unto them, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? ~ Yahushua

Yahushua would have to suffer all that the prophets had spoken of Him before He could enter into glory.

Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He [Yahushua] expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” ~ Luke

Luke stated here that Yahushua started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to Him. Throughout the Tanakh are prophecies about the coming Messiah that are fulfilled in Yahushua and recorded in the New Testament.

After all, we were told the law would be magnified and made honourable, not destroyed.

Isaiah 42:21 “The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake; He will MAGNIFY the law, and make it honourable.”

Grace Romans 6:1-2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

Romans 6:14-15 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”

Obviously sin does remain, which is transgression of the law and Paul makes it quite clear that we are not to continue in sin which means the law still has to exist. Even in our much strained and secular society, we cannot charge someone with murder if the law says that the crime of murder is abolished. If the law did not state that it is a criminal offence to commit murder, everyone would be free to commit murder.

If there is no law, there can be no crime. If it is a crime then there has to be a law. It is not a difficult concept to grasp. I hope this demonstrates that the same applies to God’s Word and His law.

The Scripture Tree 2 My point here is to help people to get back to the basics of what is written in the Old Testament scriptures so that they can better understand what is being taught in the New Testament.

Yahushua, Paul and all the writers taught what is in the Torah and the Tanakh, the law, writings and the prophets because this is all they had. It is and will always be the mainstay, the brace or perhaps even the cornerstone of what holds all, supports and sustains the backbone of what is taught in the New Testament.

Both the Old and the New support and strengthen one another and we will miss out and misunderstand what is being taught if we do not recognize and comprehend this foundational truth.

~ Eudora S Nachand 12/30/2011


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