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“Willing change is not the same as changing one’s will.”

Why would the NASB translator choose to entitle the following Psalm, For the Choir director?
I want to propose that although we can learn much from our bibles and the treasure therein, as is… there are things we are missing. Essential, vital ingredients which the translators may have dismissed via purpose or by unperceived fault.

The Hebrew describes it: For the One making it Permanent- נצח_Strongs_H5329 natsach naw-tsakh’- properly, to glitter from afar, i.e. to be eminent (as a superintendent, especially of the Temple services and its music); to be permanent.

Start with the question, why would the translator choose the specific usage indicating Temple service music ass apposed to the description of Permanence in this Psalm denoting the perfection of the Torah of HaShem? (HaShem= The Name= referring to God)

Tehillim (Psalms) 19;1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; it rejoices as a strong man to run his course. 6 Its rising is from one end of the heavens, and its circuit to the other end of them;and there is nothing hidden from its heat. 7 The law (Torah) of the Lord is perfect (Tamiym), restoring the soul;the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.

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Take a look at these Hebrew words and their roots. There is Torah with its root yara. Chataah with its root chata. Torah means teaching, to throw, shoot…to hit the mark. Chaatah sin, to miss the mark. This is not a personal interpretation or an opinion of mine. The language seems very clear. These are two complete opposites.
(Torah and sin.)

תורת_Strongs_H8451 towrah ( to-raw’) – a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch.
יָרָה _Strongs_ H3384 yarah (yara) – teach; to throw, shoot.
חֲטָאָה_Strongs_H2401 chataah (khat-aw-aw’)- sin;sin offering
חָטָא_Strongs_H2398 chata (khaw-taw’)- to miss, go wrong, sin.

Romans 7; 7 What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; 10 and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me; 11 for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

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תמים_Strongs_H8549 tamiym taw-meem’- entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth.

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 32; 1 “Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2 “Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as the droplets on the fresh grass and as the showers on the herb. 3 “For I proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God! 4 “The Rock! His work is perfect (Tamiym), for all His ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. 5 “They have acted corruptly toward Him,they are not His children, because of their defect; but are a perverse and crooked generation.

**I think it is unfortunately common today for the explicit indication of HaShem Himself in pointing out that the words of Moshe came precisely and unswerving, straight from Him. I think when we read the end of verse 8 below we can point it directly at some out there who teach that the Torah is abolished. Let us do that and continue to ask some more questions as well.

Bamidbar (Numbers) 12; 6 He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream. 7 “Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household; 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, even openly, and not in dark sayings (chiydah), and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant, against Moses?”

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What then do we need the Torah for? It identifies for us what sin is therefore we can learn how to refrain from missing the mark. It shows us the perfection of our maker and teaches us about Him and His righteous nature and physical application.

What else? It is indeed a witness and testimony of what has been, is now happening around us and what will be. If we can not believe what we have already been exquisitely bestowed by God Himself through His agent, one whom He called friend, how can we believe in a future redemption, resurrection, and eternity?

There is a text of the book of Luke where in Yeshua is presenting the illustration of a rich man who enjoyed the delights of life, ignoring the needs of those in need without remorse. In death he finds himself in torment and fire and looking across the chasm between Abraham’s bosom and Hades [Luke 16; 19-31] he begs for relief. Finally, speaking with Abraham, he asks that one be sent to his brothers that they might be warned of the judgment he now endures. Hear Abraham’s response:

Luke 16; 29 But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Think about that last part of verse 31 very heart-fully. IF they don’t listen to the Torah and Prophets (who only reiterated, expressed and upheld the original Torah messages in specific relation to each of their audiences) they will NOT be persuaded even by a sign and wonder, perhaps the highest form of all…the complete reversal of the most definite law of nature…death to life.

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IF we believe we are going to lead the ‘hard to reach’ circles of beings on this planet to Yeshua the Messiah and convince them that he did indeed come from God, from genesis, and rise again securing an eternal place of rest for each human being willing to accept him and live and die for this truth … we should consider sincerely where it is this message of Good News began, and how we are truly intended by the Ruach (breath, spirit) of God to proceed in giving this message, AND more importantly (and effectual) living this message.

Even here, let us go back a few verses and read what Yeshua himself said:

Luke 16; 16 “The Law and the Prophets until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.

Once again, the NASB had added…the Law and Prophets were proclaimed…until John. What is Yeshua trying to tell us? I believe based on the fact that the very next verse he says not a letter or stroke will pass away from the Torah indicates that he is saying the Gospel has been from the beginning to now. The Torah is the Good News. Why? Because it teaches us everything we need to know about how to be a servant of HaShem, it teaches us about why we should want to be His servant and the reward and blessings of forgiveness and redemption which began with Yeshua’s first coming and will be complete at his return.

John 5; 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

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One of the most unfortunate trends among those who would like to evangelize others and bring them to the “knowledge and confession of Christ” is the attempt to separate him from the Torah. How can one read a passage like that above and consider that he saw his commandments as separate from that of Moses? Read John 5;47 again.

Luke 24;24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

Moses- a prophet, David- a prophet, all of scripture- prophetic. If you wonder why there are some who look “into the tomb”, the account of resurrection, and still do not see him…I submit it is the very same reason as Yeshua indicated above. Is it possible we’re taking people to cross and then the empty tomb without having established the foundation of connection to the purpose of the sacrifice and resurrection in the first place…from the Torah and the prophets. IF all that was necessary to explain about Yeshua’s Good News was the explanation of Yeshua straight from his own mouth why did he go right back to the Torah and BEGIN there when revealing himself to those who couldn’t understand ?

Devarim (Deuteronomy)18; 15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him. 16 This is according to all that you asked of the Lord your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.’ 17 The Lord said to me, ‘They have spoken well. 18 I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’

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I have heard believers in Jesus use Deuteronomy 18, 18 in reference to Yeshua. The prophet like unto Moses. I personally believe this text IS speaking about Yeshua but at the same time I can understand a dis-belief in others because of the fact that much of evangelical Christianity (again) separates the Word, Torah of HaShem from the Word which Jesus preached. Ask the question, God says that He would put His word in this prophet’s mouth…what word do you think the Torah observant Jewish people, for example, would rightly expect this to mean? It is the Torah which is in this prophets mouth and if one deigns to not only remove the words of the Torah from Yeshua’s mouth and (even worse) claim: that he came to abolish the Torah, render the Torah ineffectual, expose the Torah as impossible to reach, indicate that the Torah was only for a certain time period and not eternal, express any inkling that the Jewish people/ Israel have been replaced by another people in the promises of HaShem, etc. etc…that is in effect, to these groups of people, confirming that he is (God-forbid) a false prophet.

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Proof for what I just stated (claiming Yeshua did away with the Torah confirms in the minds of observant Jews that Jesus is -God forbid- a false prophet) comes from the following texts of the Oral Law regarding how one was to establish if a prophet is sent by God or indeed a false prophet. Carefully read these and understand these are the standards by which Yeshua would have been judged and is being judged by Jews who observe the Torah and Oral Torah:

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It is clear and explicit in the Torah that it is [God’s] commandment, remaining forever without change, addition, or diminishing, as [Deuteronomy 13:1] states: “All these matters which I command to you, you shall be careful to perform. You may not add to it or diminish from it,” and [Deuteronomy 29:28] states: “What is revealed is for us and our children forever, to carry out all the words of this Torah.” This teaches that we are commanded to fulfill all the Torah’s directives forever.

It is also said: “It is an everlasting statute for all your generations,” and [Deuteronomy 30:12] states: “It is not in the heavens.” This teaches that a prophet can no longer add a new precept [to the Torah].

Therefore, if a person will arise, whether Jew or gentile, and perform a sign or wonder and say that God sent him to:

a) add a mitzvah (commandment),

b) withdraw a mitzvah (commandment)

c) explain a mitzvah in a manner which differs from the tradition received from Moses, or

d) if he says that the mitzvot (commandments) commanded to the Jews are not forever, but rather were given for a limited time,

he is a false prophet. He comes to deny the prophecy of Moses and should be executed by strangulation, because he dared to make statements in God’s name which God never made.

God, blessed be His name, commanded Moses that this commandment is for us and our children forever, and, God is not man that He speak falsely.

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**I have been met with much opposition to this topic and one of the ‘challenges’ I have met is the question, what is the Torah? Is not the Torah the so called Mosaic Law given at Sinai? This is a common concept but I believe scripture clearly shows time and time again that the Torah (teaching and instruction) of HaShem came from the garden and has evidence of its usage, spread and application throughout the Eternal word of God from far before the Shemot (Exodus) 19-32. I will attempt to give some questions and examples as a sort of Case for the Torah, proving that a) it came long before Sinai b) can be put into practice c) we are told by HaShem it can and should be reached for.

1) Genesis 4; So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard.

How did Abel know which of his flocks were acceptable to be brought to HaShem? Why did he offer the fat portions? Did Cain not give the first of his fruits or did he attempt to do a burnt offering of his fruits( could this be why the offering was not accepted)?

Shemot (Exodus) 13; 1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Sanctify to Me every firstborn, the first offspring of every womb among the sons of Israel, both of man and beast; it belongs to Me.”

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 19 “You shall consecrate to the Lord your God all the firstborn males that are born of your herd and of your flock; you shall not work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock. 20 You and your household shall eat it every year before the Lord your God in the place which the Lord chooses. 21 But if it has any defect, lameness or blindness, any serious defect, you shall not sacrifice it to the Lord your God.

Vayikra (Leviticus) 2; 11 ‘No grain offering, which you bring to the Lord, shall be made with leaven, for you shall not offer up in smoke any leaven or any honey as an offering by fire to the Lord. 12 As an offering of first fruits you shall bring them to the Lord, but they shall not ascend for a soothing aroma on the altar.

* Both Cain and Abel were functioning within some sort of standard and structure wherein the one whose offering was acceptable brought it in accord with the Torah mitzvot (commandments) and the one whose was unacceptable did not work within them. But wasn’t the ‘issue’ with Cain’s offering the notion that he didn’t bring his offering of the best and from the heart? Sure. There’s a Torah text which expresses the joy with which you are to offer to the Lord as well, proving in such a case as well as the previous that there was a standard set up…teaching and instruction that God’s people were aware of prior to Sinai.

Devarim  (Deuteronomy) 18 But you shall eat them before the Lord your God in the place which the Lord your God will choose, you and your son and daughter, and your male and female servants, and the Levite who is within your gates; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God in all your undertakings.

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2) Bereshit (Genesis)7;1 Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you I have seen righteous before Me in this time. You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.” Noah did according to all that the Lord had commanded him.

How did Noach know which animals and birds were ‘clean’ (tahor) and which were not clean (tamay)? And clean for what? Eating? Sacrificing? There were no questions he simply must have had a clear understanding as to which meats were clean and unclean. There also was clearly an understanding of Temple service because when landing after the flood waters dried up, Noach immediately worshiped God building an Altar and bringing up the clean offerings. The Torah spends a significant amount of verses in regards to Temple Service and when you think about it while you read throughout the entire bible you will find it overwhelmingly in connection in some way to Temple service, the Priesthood, Temple itself, offerings,etc. Yes that includes the Apostolic Scriptures.

Bereshit (Genesis) 8; 20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

Vayikra (Leviticus) 11;  Likewise, the shaphan, for though it chews cud, it does not divide the hoof, it is unclean to you; the rabbit also, for though it chews cud, it does not divide the hoof, it is unclean to you; and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you. You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you….13 ‘These, moreover, you shall detest among the birds; they are abhorrent, not to be eaten: the eagle and the vulture and the buzzard, 14 and the kite and the falcon in its kind, 15 every raven in its kind, 16 and the ostrich and the owl and the sea gull and the hawk in its kind, 17 and the little owl and the cormorant and the great owl, 18 and the white owl and the pelican and the carrion vulture, 19 and the stork, the heron in its kinds, and the hoopoe, and the bat. 20 ‘All the winged insects that walk on fours are detestable to you.

**So although the Torah had not come down on the Mountain of Sinai yet there was a clear understanding of the clean from unclean meats as expressed in detail in Vayikra (Leviticus)11. For a look at the accounts in the bible of things which HaShem has labeled as Abominable, this is including these forbidden animals and birds, see: https://safeguardingtheeternal.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/what-is-an-abomination/

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3) Bereshit (Genesis) 9, 20 Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard.21 He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness.

**You might consider calling this one a stretch, any decent person would have the wherewithal and inclination to attempt to preserve his or her parent’s dignity, but if you look into the Torah text its hard to ignore the similarity in wording and even more so when doing some research on what the sages of old had to say about what it was exactly that Ham did to Noach. Consider that Shem and Japeth were observing these standards before they were “given” as generally thought, at Sinai.

Vayikra (Leviticus) 18; 4 You are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes, to live in accord with them; I am the Lord your God. So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the Lord‘None of you shall approach any blood relative of his to uncover nakedness; I am the Lord.

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4) Bereshit (Genesis)14; 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. 19 He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; 20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” He gave him a tenth of all.

**While there is an nearly unending series of questions we can ask about this figure, Melchizedek, my simple questions will tie into the point : (Torah- the teaching and instruction of HaShem) came far before the Revelation at Mount Sinai. Melchizedek is king of Jerusalem (the place we know God would choose as His appointed place for the His Name to rest, for the Temple to stand and offerings to be brought), he is also “Kohen (Priest) of El Elyon (God Most High)”. A priesthood, especially that of God, requires a standard and set of regulations, protocol, etc. How would he minister? How would he serve? What does his service entail? Clearly there is something set up prior to the instructions for the Mishkan (Tabernacle) its vessels and service. Additionally, how does Abraham know to offer a tithe? What does he tithe, how much and why? Abraham is, as if by second nature, offering a tithe to this Priest of HaShem.

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 22 “You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year. 23 You shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God, at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.

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5) The luminaries HaShem has created were meant to signal to us the onset of His Feast cycle.

Bereshit (Genesis) 1; 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons (ולמועדים mow-ed-im )  and for days and years

* Abraham and Sarah were promised that they would have a son in one years time, it is taught that Isaac was born around the time of Pesach (Passover).

Bereshit (Genesis) 18; 14 Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time (מועד mow-ed) I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

מועד_Strongs_H4150 mow`ed mo-ade’- or moled {mo-ade’}; or (feminine) moweadah (2 Chronicles 8:13) {mo-aw-daw’}; from H3259; properly, an appointment, i.e. a fixed time or season; specifically, a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand).

Bereshit (Genesis) 18; So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead and make bread cakes.”

*It is possible that the meal and ‘cakes’ being served to the divine messengers, or three men who visited Abraham is a Pesach meal. How? The Feasts of the Lord (Moadim) weren’t expressed until the Torah came down on Sinai, right?

Bereshit (Genesis) 19; Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread (מצות matstsah) , and they ate.

מצות _strongs_ H4682 matstsah mats-tsaw’- from H4711 in the sense of greedily devouring for sweetness; properly, sweetness; concretely, sweet (i.e. not soured or bittered with yeast); specifically, an unfermented cake or loaf, or (elliptically) the festival of Passover (because no leaven was then used).

* It is interesting that while Abraham serves these visitors (see Genesis 18) cakes, meat and cream..soon after, these same visitors are being served matzah by Lot in Sodom.

Shemot (Exodus) 12; 14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it a permanent ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread (מצות matstsah) , but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.

*The children of Israel ate matzah as part of the permanent – עולם _Strongs_H5769 `owlam o-lawm- from H5956; properly, concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e. (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always…ordinance of what we now call the Chag HaMatzah, or the Feast of Unleavened bread which follows the night of Pesach. I believe however that this was not the first Pesach observance and that the Feasts of the Lord, His Moadim, appointed times were taught about long before leaving Egypt and reaching Sinai for Shavuot (“The giving of the Torah”.

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6)Bereshit (Genesis)24; 37 My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.’

* Perhaps it was just a personal preference of Avraham that Eleazar not take a wife from the Canaanites, he seems to feel very strongly about it. Why? There are cases that might come to mind where people who should have known the Teaching and Instruction- Torah of the Lord, if they had known it before Sinai as I am suggesting, married outside of these boundaries. Moses is one of them, he married a Midianite. Zipporah may have been a Midianite by ethnicity but she was taken into the family of HaShem, she was a convert and converts are considered as part of the family, same rights and same responsibilities (see Exodus 4;25-26).

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7; 3 Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you.

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7) Bereshit 39; 9 There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”

**Why is Yoseph so opposed to committing adultery with Potiphar’s wife? It is already considered to be a great evil against God, this key commandment is already known of and being observed here by Joseph in the most tempting of situations, he is fleeing from transgressing His God and His Torah.

Shemot (Exodus) 20; 14 “You shall not commit adultery…. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 22; 22 “If a man is found lying with a married woman, then both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.

Mishlei (Proverbs) 6; 27  Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can a man walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? 29 So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; whoever touches her will not go unpunished.

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8) Shemot (Exodus) 15; 26 And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”

**So here we find the people, having be liberated, redeemed and betrothed…on the way to Sinai, HaShem puts before them a statute- חק_strongs_H2706 choq khoke- an enactment; hence, an appointment (of time, space, quantity, labor or usage)…and regulation-  ומשפט_strongs_H4941 mishpat mish-pawt’- properly, a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (participant’s) divine law, individual or collective), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty. Then HaShem goes on to say if the people will Shema- hear with obedience and the intention of action, and keep ALL His statutes they will not suffer the diseases of Egypt which they just witnessed. Were they aware of ALL His statutes at this point? It says here he tested them to see whether they would walk in His ways or not, it would seem unfair and unjust (two such things the Lord most certainly is NOT) if they had not been taught yet what these ways were that they would incur punishment. I believe they had been taught and they did know.

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9) Exodus 18; 13 It came about the next day that Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from the morning until the evening. 14 Now when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit and all the people stand about you from morning until evening?” 15 Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16 When they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor and make known the statutes of God and His laws.”

**There is some ‘debate’ about whether or not this section from above is placed chronologically in order. In other words, does Moses’s father in Law, Yitro, come to him before or after the giving of the Torah at Sinai. Let us consider that to this point we are still in order, which is a case some make and defend, Moshe makes it plain that his appointment and job is to teach the people God’s rulings in all matters. They are coming to Moshe to learn about how to know and serve God as well as to understand the proper Godly way of dealing with disputes among them. He is teaching them the Torah. This is another proof that the Torah is in effect and serving its purpose…teaching and instructing God’s people how to live a holy life, set apart for Him, trusting in His design to mold their way of life and their hearts.

חידות _Strongs_ H2420 chiydah khee-daw’ – from H2330; a puzzle, hence, a trick, conundrum, sententious maxim. KJV: dark saying (sentence, speech), hard question, proverb, riddle.

Tehillim (Psalm) 78;1 Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings (chiydah) of old, 3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

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**A life lived with purpose and dedication to something much greater than ourselves, learning how to sincerely trust an all knowing, powerful and yet immensely gracious God and surrender our presuppositions, routines, ceremony and will to Him and become obedient to His standards for holiness, not our own…these goals are righteous and they are not a foreign thing. These intentions aren’t afar off nor are they out of our reach, and His will…though its scope and scale and magnitude is beyond our finite minds to comprehend…His will is not a mystery. He has told us what it is through His eternal word and we have been given a teacher that we might grasp it and attach our hearts to it by the work of His Spirit.

Mishle'(Proverbs) 1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, 3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; 4 To give prudence to the naive, to the youth knowledge and discretion, 5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and a figure,the words of the wise and their riddles (chiydah). 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; 9 Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments about your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

Galatians 3; 21 Is the Law (Torah) then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.

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There is no where in the bible, when read in context and with ancient language, idiomatic expression, geography, politics, and sociology in mind…where we can find that the Commandments, the statutes, the ordinances…the Torah (teaching and instruction) ever changed, expired, or was replaced by anything beside what was given at the garden and taught by Yeshua and his disciples. (I welcome that revelation because I have searched and from my research I can not find ‘it’.) Here’s what I do see…..

James referring to the Torah [Vayikra (Leviticus) 19; 18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.] as not only something that is still functioning (continuing to be executed), but also is royal- Strongs-G937- basilikos -regal (in relation), i.e. (literally) belonging to (or befitting) the sovereign (as land, dress, or a courtier), or (figuratively) preeminent:

James 2; 8 If, however, you are fulfilling the royal (basilikos) law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one, he has become guilty of all. 11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by law of liberty. 13 For judgment merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

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Paul stating the Torah is Holy- strongs G40 hagios hag’-ee-os- sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated)., the Torah is Righteous- strongs G1342 dikaios -equitable (in character or act); by implication, innocent, holy; and the Torah is good… and certainly not that which causes death (as some preach) but identifies utterly that which causes death-sin, transgression of Torah :

Romans 7; 12 So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy (hagios) and righteous (dikaios)and good. 13 Therefore did that which is good become death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.

HaShem expressing through the prophet Malachi that He is unchanging, and the way of return to Him is via the keeping- שמר strongs H8104 shamar shaw-mar’- to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc.. of His Torah :

Malachi 3; 6 “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
7 “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.

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I see HaShem expressly describing the elements of the New Covenant. So commonly referred to in Christianity, so oft wielded as an explanation or excuse to separate and compartmentalize the living word of HaShem, “we’re no longer under the old covenant at Sinai, we’re under the New covenant in Christ….” HaShem explains to us by the mouth of Jeremiah that the Torah has not expired nor will it cease to function in the time to come:

Jeremiah 31;31  “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My TORAH within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

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Consider one Rabbi Yitzach Lichtenstein of Hungary who died in 1909. A Jewish Rabbi who found Yeshua as his Messiah simply by reading the Apostolic scriptures. A Rabbi who neither denounced Judaism nor converted to Christianity, he continued to preach as a district Rabbi for years after coming out with several writings to his Jewish brethren which shared his testimony and case for the “New Testament”. This brave gentleman though supported by his wife and son, and reconciled with his older brother on his deathbed, was met with incredible persecution and torment from both sides especially the other orthodox Jews. He said he would be a watchman from within his brethren and as a watchman he was more than well versed in the Torah. Do you think it is coincidence that he could clearly see how the Tanakh (Torah, writing’s and prophets) went majestically and intrinsically together? I’d like before one waves a flag of victory, which certainly one coming to faith in Yeshua is a reason to celebrate, first consider what would have happened had Rabbi Lichtenstein had been preached first a message of replacement theology and Torah abolition. It is possible that he had been introduced to such ideals as similarly it seems that today this is one reason much of Judaism can not recognize Yeshua HaMashiac a fulfill-er (verify-er, upholder, supporter) of the Torah because he has been replaced with a Greco-Roman-esque figure who came in and did away with the Torah and started a new religion. Additionally those who seek to witness to our Jewish brethren tend not to do so from the pages of the Tankah because they themselves may not be well versed in the actual text much less the ancient languages. Lichtenstien was spoken to by the word and the spirit and this message, though written to his Jewish brethren gets at the heart of what I am attempting to make the case for here and can as easily and perhaps essentially be turned to address those out there who do believe that the Torah has been ‘done away with’ and even worse, God forbid that Yeshua taught such a thing…

” Who can speak to a blind man of colors, of a great ship to one who has never seen a boat, or of swimming to one who has never stood on the bank of a river? It is strange! Bad novels, frivolous books, equivocal readings of a double meaning which which unsettle the mind, lay waste to the heart, and profane the most holy things, drawing down what is most lofty to the dirt of the streets, are swallowed with eagerness, with avidity, like sweet poison which an inexperienced child enjoys by stealth.

Mythology, the knowledge of the heathen gods, is an obligatory study: yet the Book of books, the New Testament,- which indisputably changes desert places into fruitful fields, wastes into safe-dwelling places, which tames wild beasts, restrains the bloodthirsty, softens the furious, so that, according to the sublime poetic imagery of the prophet Isaiah, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf with the young lion, the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them;” that holy brook which Ezekiel saw with prophetic eyes  “issuing out from under the threshold of the house;” “And by the river, upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary; and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine” (chap.xlvii.);- the New Testament, which is the continuation, the keystone, the compliment of the Old Testament, and which is inseparable from it, is kept out of the house, interdicted, shunned, condemned without being heard, read, proved, or examined.  [excerpt from Judaism and Christianity- Rabbi Y. Lichtenstien.]

**Lichtenstein saw that the Tanakh and Apostolic scriptures were made for each other. That they preached the same message and were “inseparable”. The very way he describes the perspective of some of the observant Jewish people in his day in regard to the Apostolic scriptures (“kept out of the house…without being read, proved or examined” ) is similar to what I have experienced from some of my Christian brothers and sisters in regards to the Torah of Hashem, the so called old Testament or Mosaic Law.

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**So what is the case I am attempting to make here? If the Teaching and Instructions of the Lord, if the Torah came before Sinai what does it matter?

I believe it matters because with the elimination of the conception of the Torah as being archaic and outdated, inapplicable and extraneous there will come the understanding that the essential elements which were set up by our Maker and expressed in the Torah are valid and pertinent for not only daily life, our sanctification as servants in His Kingdom, but also to illuminate for us where to look and what to do as these generations of the world as we have ‘known’ it  draw to a ‘close’. God set up His Feast cycle for a reason and it’s design was not simply for us to marvel at from afar. He works in the world and in His people Israel directly over history until now on these biblical feast days. Getting on God’s calendar, praying for HaShem to open your heart to the wonders of His Torah, and using your life and walking in it as the means of ‘evangelism’ versus trying to save a person on your own accord or within the bounds of the doctrines of men…these are things I believe will drastically change the greater body of Israel, God’s people…as a whole. I believe that a return to the Torah for Jews and gentiles is a major ingredient in the return of Messiah.

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**For as many Torah commandments were observed before Sinai there are just as many, if not more which were transgressed before the revelation at Sinai. The point of making mention of this fact is that one might look at the consequences of these transgressions. Each time one of the forefathers or matriarchs did not walk in line with the Torah standards…things go terribly wrong in their lives. God ultimately uses these experiences as teaching opportunities and in the end all that transpires and each outcome…is far better than could have been expected or designed by men. This is why I believe the majestic and beautiful design of the Torah and the heart of its Laws, its teaching, was breathed into Adam by the Spirit of God and continued until it poured out over the people at Sinai and still envelops each one of us within whom the Spirit continues to write the Torah upon, in our minds, on our lips…in our hearts, to perform it.

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For years I have been attempting to share this message and there has been such blessing in the work. I am learning more and more as the days progress and through the teaching of Yeshua and the Torah text, by the work of the spirit I daily see how much more I have to do. I realize this “good work” HaShem has begun will not be complete until this flesh, which wars with HaShem and His Torah…teaching and instruction, is made new. When anyone asks me, “how do I start keeping the Torah?” or “what does it look like to keep the Torah”? There is never a sufficient answer. BUT if this is a question you come to ask…I usually suggest open and fervent prayer, reading the Torah with a new heart and fresh eyes. Seeking out the heart of His commands (why did God say this? what can I learn? how can I apply it? can I apply it? is this something which will bring me closer to HaShem?) and being genuine in the desire to act with intention and pure motives. Another suggestion and where I began in my Torah walk is to consider the Sabbath. IF you can take what is one of the most profitable and commercially beneficial day of our modern week, Friday sundown to Saturday sundown and surrender your plans and your schedule to HaShem. Each man “staying in his own place” on His Sabbath, praying, reading, resting, CEASING and allowing God to minister to you and refresh you in the appointed time He has asked of you…this is a good place to start.

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Isaiah 58; 13 “If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your pleasure on My holy day,and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord honorable, and honor it, desisting from your ways, from seeking your pleasure and speaking word, 14 Then you will take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; and I will feed you the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A resource and another place to begin: http://store.torahresource.com/Intro_to_Torah_Living_p/introtorah255.htm

There is another place in scripture where it is clear that the Torah is known about, in effect, expected to be considered and applied before the revelation at Sinai:

Exodus 16; 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My instructions? 29 See, the Lord has given you the sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain every man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

** It is not my belief that in the simple observance of the Torah, that is the expressions of God’s commands, as written in His word from Genesis will in any way give us some sort of token with which we may show God we are worthy of His grace and mercy. I do not believe that any amount of walking in the Torah, teaching and instruction of the Lord, however devoutly and genuinely will ever earn us salvation. There is nothing we can do on our own, nothing we can offer our Great King. Loving the Torah, learning it, applying it allows us to be obedient to Him, to be involved in the process of Him making us set apart and holy before Him. It is a key note in making beautiful music in this life and becoming instruments in tune for Him to use.

Nothing I have shared here will change your will, mind, heart or your life.

Inspiration and change is something the Lord alone by His spirit in His word will do. All I do is suggest an approach to a mentality and perception which may allow for a different ‘something to inquire of the Lord about’. If you asked Him with your heart, “Is Your Torah for me?”, I know He will answer. And while I think I know what the answer may be and why one should ask such a question, only He can reveal that to you and only He knows when and how.

Ezekiel 36; 26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

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Baruch attah ADONAI Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, blessed are You Lord our God King of the universe. You alone have planted among us life eternal. Blessed are You Lord our God Gracious Giver of the Torah of Life! B’Shem Yeshua Ha Mashiac, Amein

 

Resources (feel free to contact me for more precise references or for anything else at safeguardingtheeternal@ aol.com  )

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/904993/jewish/Yesodei-haTorah-Chapter-Nine.htm

http://www.chabad.org/parshah/in-depth/default_cdo/aid/2599/jewish/Noach-Parshah-Commentary.htm

http://vineofdavid.org/remnant-repository/isaac_lichtenstein/

 

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