The Eternal Torah ~ Part 5

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

“We continue our quest to explore what I have been calling the Eternal Torah.  In this post, will begin to take a closer look at what Yeshua himself says about the second and third of six important topics contained in the Torah ~ adultery and divorce.

Do Not Commit Adultery

“You have heard that our fathers were told: ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that a man who even looks at a woman with the purpose of lusting after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

The Torah is crystal clear:  “Do not commit adultery” (Sh’mot 20:14).  So serious a view did the Jewish teachers take of adultery that the guilty parties were stoned to death (Vayikra 20:10).  Once again, Yeshua states that not only the forbidden action, but also the forbidden thought is guilty in the sight of God.  Remember President Carter’s admission of lusting in his heart? Continue reading “The Eternal Torah ~ Part 5”

The Eternal Torah ~ Part 4

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

We continue our quest to explore what I have been calling the Eternal Torah.  In this post, will begin to take a closer look at what Yeshua himself says about the first of six important topics contained in the Torah ~ do not murder and be reconciled.

Do Not Murder

“You have heard that our fathers were told: ‘Do not murder,’ and that anyone who commits murder will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who nurses anger against his brother will be subject to judgment; that whoever calls his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing!’ will be brought before the Sanhedrin; that whoever says, ‘Fool!’ incurs the penalty of burning in the fire of Gei-Hinnom!” (Matthew 5:21-22)

Statistically, murders are “crimes of passion” caused by anger among friends or relatives.  Yeshua did not say that anger leads to murder; He said that anger is murder.

In this passage Yeshua is arguing as any Rabbi might argue.  He is showing that he was skillful in using the debating methods that the wise men of His time were in the habit of using.  There is in this passage a different shade of anger and an increase in consequences. Continue reading “The Eternal Torah ~ Part 4”

The Eternal Torah ~ Part 2

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

 In my last post, we began to examine what I call the Eternal Torah based upon Matthew 5:17-20.  I began a brief history lesson as background.  In this post, we will look at each phrase more deeply.

“Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.” ~ Matthew 5:17

Yeshua said that he had not come to destroy the Torah, but to complete the Torah.  That is to say, He came really to bring out the real meaning of the Torah.  What was the real meaning of the Torah?  Even behind the Oral Torah there was one great principle, which the Torah-teachers and the P’rushim had imperfectly grasped.  The one great principle was that in all things a man must seek God’s will, and that, when he knows it, he must dedicate his whole life to the obeying of it. The Torah-teachers and P’rushim were right in seeking God’s will, and profoundly right in dedicating their lives to obeying it; they were wrong in finding that will in their man-made hordes of rules and regulations.

The Torah is an ever-progressing revelation of Yeshua.  All of Scripture, from B’resheet to Revelation must be viewed as a whole.  Everything that we read in the Torah points us towards the eventual day when God would become man and tabernacle with us.  Luke clarifies this for us when he writes: Yeshua said to them, ‘This is what I meant when I was still with you and told you that everything written about me in the Torah of Moshe, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled” ~ Luke 24:44. Yeshua came not to abolish the Torah, but to complete it! Continue reading “The Eternal Torah ~ Part 2”

An Introduction to Scriptural Memorization

An Introduction to Christian Meditation and Memorization

We have spent the last nine posts looking at various aspects of Christian Meditation.  Now it’s time to spend some time exploring the discipline of Scriptural Memorization.

Why Is Scriptural Memorization Important?

As I indicated in The Chicken and the Egg? post, the English word ‘memorize’ is not utilized by most modern translators.  However, the concept is clearly established that we are to keep God’s Word on our lips and in our hearts.  “Yes, keep this book of the Torah on your lips, and meditate on it day and night, so that you will take care to act according to everything written in it. Then your undertakings will prosper, and you will succeed” ~ Joshua 1:8. “I treasure your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you” ~ Psalm 119:11. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

We live in a world where most of us – certainly those who are reading this – have almost unlimited access to the Word of God.  I have a Bible app on my smartphone and tablet.  I have an extensive library on my laptop. I have numerous sources to hear Christian music, most of which is scripturally based.  BUT, that has not always been the norm.  Before the 1500’s, the Bible was not readily available to the masses.  I’m reminded of stories from prisoners of war during my lifetime that they only had those portions of the Bible that they had been able to previously memorize to comfort them.  That’s one of the prime reasons I believe it is important for us to make scriptural memorization a key part of our discipline as talmidim of Yeshua.  Let me expound on that thought: Continue reading “An Introduction to Scriptural Memorization”

How Can We Get the Most Out of Our Time and What Should We Avoid?

An Introduction to Christian Meditation and Memorization

In my last post prior to Joyce Meyer’s affirmation on meditating and memorizing God’s Word, I explored how meditating on God’s Word leads to Biblical affirmations.  In this post, we will look at some techniques that we can use to meditate on God’s Word as well as things we should not do.

Christian meditation involves renewing our minds and changing the content of our hearts and minds with the Word of God.  “In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the ‘olam hazeh.  Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed.” ~ Romans 12:2

How Can We Get the Most Out of Our Time? Continue reading “How Can We Get the Most Out of Our Time and What Should We Avoid?”

I Know This for Sure

An Introduction to Christian Meditation and Memorization

 SPECIAL NOTE: I experienced a computer crash this week and have spent most of my time uploading all my software and documents to a new Windows 10 laptop.  Consequently, I have not had time to write my next post in this series.  However, during my devotions I read this encouraging word from Joyce Meyer and wanted to share it with you as it is directly on-point to this series.

November 13

I Know This for Sure

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth.” ~ Job 19:25

“Let me tell you what I know” would normally be an arrogant statement to make, but today, I want to tell what I know about you and me as Christians.  I believe this will be good news that will encourage you all day long and every time you remember it.

I know that we are children of God, and that we are called, anointed, and appointed by Him for greatness.  We are destined to bring God glory and be molded into the image of Jesus Christ.  We have – right now – righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.  We are forgiven for all our sins and our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of life.  Jesus has gone before us to prepare a place for us that where He is we may be also.

I know God loves us with an everlasting, unconditional love and that His mercy endures forever.  I know that we can do all things through Christ who is our Strength.  I know that God never allows more to come on us than we can bear, but He provides a way out, a safe place to land.  I know that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

Because you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the words on this page are true for you.  I want to encourage you to study and memorize God’s Word so you will be able to open your mouth and strengthen yourself with these truths and others anytime you want to do so.

Love God Today:  Begin to recite your very own “I know…” statements.  Build a good supply of them in your heart. [1]

Without taking the time to develop Biblical affirmations, we miss out on so much of what God intends for us through His Word.

In my next post, I hope to get back to looking at some techniques that we can use to meditate on God’s Word.

 [1] “Love Out Loud: 365Devotions for Loving God, Loving Yourself and Loving Others” by Joyce Meyer