Word of the Day: Torah 

Meaning: Law

Hebrew: תּוֹרָה

Pronounced: to-rah

Copy the word at the top of your page. Say it aloud three times.

Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?

Look up the following references where this word is used. From context, what is the scope of translation for Torah?

Genesis 26:5

Exodus 12:49

Exodus 13:9

Nehemiah 9:13

Jeremiahs 31:33

Where are we in the meta-narrative of Scripture (or, the story of Redemption)? 

When God established His covenant with His people (His Berith) He gave them the Law, or Torah. This Torah was an integral part of His Berith with them – they would keep His commands and He would be their God. The Torah was an outline of God’s principles and commands for His people to follow as they walked with Him in covenant relationship. 

But, God’s people could not, would not keep His Torah. God’s people, time and time again, broke God’s perfect Torah. They chose to go their own way, and rebelled against His commands. I love how Sally Lloyd-Jones puts it in the Jesus Storybook Bible: “The people didn’t want to do it God’s way. They wanted to do it their own way and be their own boss.” How true this is of you and me!

But you see, God’s Torah was more than a set of commands; it was a perfect reflection of His character. God commanded His people to be just because He is just; He commanded them to rest on the Sabbath because He rested on the Sabbath. The Torah is God’s great big call to His people to be like Him. This is why sin is so relationally devastating! It’s not just that we broke a set of rules and now have to pay a fine – the penalty for sin was a broken relationship with God. Because the Torah is God’s call to be like Him, sin is human insistence on being unlike God, and it fractures our covenantal relationship with Him.

Praise God He promised to send a Savior who would keep and fulfill the Torah of God perfectly! 

How does this move the story forward?

Pray & Reflect: Thank God for giving us His commands in His Word. Thank Him that the Torah of the Old Testament has been fulfilled in Jesus. Praise Him for His unchanging character and for sending a Savior!

Author: amygannett

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