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- Is Torah observance a ‘legalistic’ burden?
- Are Christians and Hebraic Roots Restorers in error for believing that “The Torah has been done away with?”
- and that Rabbinic Torah is ‘man-made’?
- Is the Torah obligatory just for Jews?
Here we have, in one Psalm, the longest Psalm in the Scriptures, the entire Foundation of Life. Ps. 119 Is all about the Torah, expressing the Will of God, His Word, His Way, His wishes for the good of all mankind … Hence, Judah was mandated to be a Light unto the World for declaring God’s Will and teaching His Ways. This would earn them the hate and the scorn of the Nations until the End of Days … when they would “bow before Judah” for their Guidance in finding and adopting these Keys to Life.
Any true representative of the Creator God, any would-be Messiah or Ruler of His People, should therefore have to qualify with the Message of this unique Psalm and its foundational structure. This will therefore also apply to our ongoing discussion about “The Messiah’ – a main stumbling block at this Time in the way to reaching reconciliation between the two greatly divided Houses of Israel: the House of Judah (Jews, mainly two Tribes) and the House of Israel (10 Tribes which have gone lost since 2700 years ago but destined to reidentify and Return in the End Times).
So, there is a main question to be faced by the vast masses of Bible believers all over the World who are exiting Christianity these days in order to adopt Jewish Torah Principles. Strangely, the first restorative change that these people generally face, is the ‘Jewish’ Biblical 7th Day Sabbath. This decision will then also start cutting their ties with the Church. The Question is: “What was their Messiah’s relationship to the accolades that Ps. 119 proclaims about Torah in general – not just the Sabbath? What is their ‘New Testament’s’ position towards the broader encompassment of God’s Will as expressed in Torah?
Ps. 119 holds the Answer in an extraordinary way:
Ps. 119 provides comprehensive and even paradoxical evidence in this regard – all in ‘one’ Psalm. Eight Hebrew words are used at random and successively throughout this Psalm with all expressing the same accolades to God’s Will for man’s best interest – each of these usages in this Psalm expresses identical accolades to and directives for mankind regarding the Torah as God’s Will for humanity.
Translators of the Hebrew Scriptures into all languages had a field day with these concepts and consequently, and perhaps unwittingly, confirm the general underlying fundamental common meaning and directives of these different words as enshrined in the Torah. This, notwithstanding a clear blatant attempt by these translations to dilute the ‘legalistic’ character and intent of Torah (God’s Will and Justice) to replace it with a much more lenient and self-indulgent interpretation. Reading through this Psalm with its repetitive statements, one cannot possibly conceive any other conclusion but that the Torah is pre-eminently the ONLY Way to please and comply with the Creator’s prescriptions for mankind.
Following is a summary of the usage by 50+ English Translations of the Scriptures:
NOTE – The colour coding identifies and highlights the repeated usages throughout this Psalm, all with the same underlying Message, observations and directives:
In addition two other words are used to fill the gaps and so cause every verse in this 176-verse Psalm to confirm the basic and communal concept of ‘Torah’. We use a different colour code for these words because, while confirming ‘Law observance’, they do not have that ‘legalistic’ tone. Yet, in the context that they are used in this Psalm, they confirm the very same principle of ‘Law observance’, thus Torah compliance:
The Word – דָבָר Dvar, also אִמְרָה (Aimrah, utterance) – . Generally maintained in translation versions with a few singular exceptions: precepts, commands, rules, instructions, Truth.
The Way – דרך Derech. Generally maintained in in translation versions with a few singular exceptions: Direction, paths, footsteps, to live, Word..
- From 3rd Column in the Table above above. Note how each of the 6 Hebrew words, including ‘Torah’, has been translated as ‘law’.
- Note how the alternative translated words convey the concept of ‘Law observance’
- Then, starting from verse 7, trace these colour codes throughout the Psalm to note how they all confirm Torah obedience and conformance.
- Now read the entire Psalm and note the Common Topic and Message throughout, irrespective of the words used as identified by colour coding.
Psalm 119 read in its correct perspectives confirms God’s defined requirements as given in:
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