What Scripture Says About TORAH
By Christine Egbert
In English Torah gets translated as LAW. More accurately, Torah is instruction, God’s instructions to mankind, instructions which fall into two categories: loving God and loving our fellow man. Taking Paul out of context, many have taught that the Torah is a curse, that it’s bondage. I won’t bother to refute this monumental error with my own words. In this article, I want God’s WORD to speak for itself. So I will assemble this article using only various passages of Scripture. This way, if someone has a problem with what this article says, they will have to take it up with YHVH.
Deu 4:8 What great nation is there that has statutes and ordinances that are righteous—like all of this Torah that I am setting before you today? Gen 26:4-5 I will multiply your seed like the stars of the sky and I will give your seed all these lands. And in your seed all the nations of the earth will continually be blessed, because Abraham listened to My voice and kept My charge, My mitzvot, My decrees, and My TORAH.” Isa 42:21 Adonai was pleased, for the sake of His righteousness, to make Torah great and glorious. Pro 28:4 Those who forsake Torah praise the wicked, but those who keep Torah stir them up.
Pro 28:9 One who turns his ear from hearing Torah—even his prayer is an abomination. Exo 12:49 The same Torah applies to the native as well as the outsider who dwells among you.” Psalms 119:1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Torah of Adonai. Psalms 119:142 Your justice is righteousness forever, and Your Torah is truth. Psalms 1:1-2 Happy is the one who has not walked in the advice of the wicked, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the Torah of Adonai, and on His Torah he meditates day and night. Psalms 119:18 Open my eyes, so I may behold wonders from Your Torah. Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they who love Your Torah, and nothing causes them to stumble.
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no divine vision people cast off restraint, but blessed is the one who keeps Torah. Isa 51:4 “Pay attention to Me, My people, give ear to Me, My nation. For Torah will go out from Me, My justice as a light to the peoples. Isa 51:7 Listen to Me, you who know justice, a people with My Torah in their heart: Do not fear the taunt of men, nor be dismayed at their insults.
Jeremiah 6:19 Hear, O earth! See, I will bring disaster on this people—fruit of their schemes—for they did not listen to My words and rejected My Torah. Hos 8:12 Though I were to write out for him ten thousand things from My Torah, they are regarded as something strange. Isa 5:24 Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes straw, and as chaff collapses into the flame, so their root will be like rot, and their blossom will go up like dust. For they have rejected the Torah of Adonai-Tzva’ot, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Isa 30:8-9 Now go, write it on a tablet for them and inscribe it in a scroll, so that it may be as a witness for the last day, forever! For this is a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to obey the Torah of Adonai. Isa 51:4 “Pay attention to Me, My people, give ear to Me, My nation. For Torah will go out from Me, My justice as a light to the peoples. Isa 2:2-3 It will come to pass in the LAST DAYS that the mountain of Adonai’s House will stand firm as head of the mountains and will be exalted above the hills. So all nations will flow to it. Then many peoples will go and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Adonai, to the House of the God of Jacob! Then He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His paths.” For Torah will go forth from Zion and the word of Adonai from Jerusalem.
Mat 5:17-19 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. Amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever keeps and teaches them, this one shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 7:21-3 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, and drive out demons in Your name, and perform many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you workers of TORAH-lessness!’”
Rom 3:26-31 Through God’s forbearance, He demonstrates His righteousness at the present time—that He Himself is just and also the justifier of the one who puts his trust in Yeshua. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith. For we consider a person to be set right apart from Torah observance. Is God the God of the Jewish people only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also. Since God is One, He will set right the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then nullify the Torah through faithfulness? May it never be! On the contrary, we uphold the Torah!
Rom 2:12-16 … all who have sinned outside of Torah will also perish outside of Torah, and all who have sinned according to Torah will be judged by Torah. For it is not the hearers of Torah who are righteous before God; rather, it is the doers of Torah who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the Torah, do by nature the things of the Torah, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the Torah. They show that the work of the Torah is written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts switching between accusing or defending them on the day when God judges the secrets of men according to my Good News through Messiah Yeshua. Jas 4:12 There is only one lawgiver and judge—the One who is able to save and to destroy.
Rom 2:25-26 Circumcision is indeed worthwhile if you keep the Torah; but if you break the Torah, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore, if the uncircumcised keeps the righteous decrees of the Torah, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 1Jn 3:4 Everyone practicing sin practices lawlessness—indeed, sin is violation of the Torah!
Rom 8:2-4 For the law of the Spirit of life in Messiah Yeshua has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what was impossible for the Torah—since it was weakened on account of the flesh—God has done. Sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as a sin offering, He condemned sin in the flesh—so that the requirement of the Torah might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Ruach. Rom 7:12 So then, the Torah is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Psa 94:12 Blessed is the one You discipline, Adonai, and teach him from Your Torah. Joh 7:49 But this mob, who do not know the Torah, are cursed.