Today we are continuing our study of the Torah so we can know how to obey Yeshua as our Lord.
In Lev 19:32, we read, “Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am Yehovah.”
This is a very straightforward commandment; the Torah says we are to respect the elderly among us. We are to respect them in what we do and what we say. Respect is not the same as agreeing with everything they say. Even though they are elderly, they might be wrong. So we respect them by correcting them, and if need be, warning them to repent. But we also respect them by acknowledging their needs, so if you are on public transportation or in a room with the aged, stand up and give up your seat to them.
In Deut 10:20, we read, “Thou shalt fear the Yehovah thy God; him shall thou serve, and to him shall thou cleave and swear by his name.”
Notice what this commandment does not say, it does not say we shall fear Yeshua our God or serve Yeshua. It says we are to fear Yehovah and serve Him. Yehovah told us to obey the Torah; Yeshua told us to follow the Torah. The only way for us to fear Yehovah and to serve Him is to obey the Torah. The only way for us to have Yeshua as our Lord and serve Him is to follow what He said, and He told us to obey the Torah. So by obeying the Torah, we are fulfilling this commandment and serving Yeshua at the same time.
In Deut 31:19, we read, “Now write down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me against them.”
We are to study the Torah, and the best way to study it is to write something down. When we write what we are studying, we remember it more easily.
In Genesis 17:12, we read, “For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring.”
Circumcision is a must and a commandment in the Torah, if we do not get circumcised, it is a sin.
When that being said, this is not a commandment everyone should obey literally.
What do I mean by this?
Circumcision is a surgical procedure; some might have an underlying medical condition that would make circumcision dangerous and even life-threatening. Some might live in countries that do not allow adult males to be circumcised, or they have to pay for the procedure out of their own pockets. It would be a sin if you lost your life trying to obey this commandment, or if you had to commit a criminal act to get the money you needed.
If you want to be circumcised, but you can’t because it would be life-threatening or can’t afford it, then this commandment is not to be obeyed literally. You can abide by this by wanting to be circumcised.
In Numbers, 15:38-40, we read “speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them ; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.”
The commandment to wear a tzitzit can best be compared to a wedding ring. When we repent and accept Yeshua as our Savior and Lord, the Bible compares this to a wedding. He becomes our bridegroom, and we become His bride.
Being married does not mean you will never be tempted. But if you are tempted, you can look at your wedding ring as a reminder of the promises you gave before Yehovah, your spouse, and the witnesses to remain faithful.
Just as we wear a wedding ring, we are to wear Tzitzit, so if we are tempted to stray and serve other gods, we can look at our Tzitzit and remember the cross and our promise to love Yeshua and be faithful to Him by being obedient to His Torah.
But it also shows us how relevant the Torah is to Yehovah. To choose not to wear Tzitzit would be like telling your spouse you dont want to wear a wedding ring.
In Deut 6:8, we read, “Tie the Torah as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.”
Yeshua repeats this commandment in John 14 and Matt 6:25-34. People around us are to recognize who we belong to by our deep love and obedience for the Torah. So they are to see we obey the Torah (our hands) and we meditate and think of the Torah (our foreheads)
In Deut 6:9, we read, “And thou shalt write the Torah upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
This commandment tells us two things. Everything we own shall be stewarded in obedience to the Torah; whenever someone enters our house or our property, they should know the owner is Torah obedient. But it also literally says we are to keep the Torah in a small box called the Mezuza and attach it to the doorpost and gates of our house.
The Mezuza in itself has no authority or power, just as the wooden beam Yeshua was crucified upon has no authority or power in itself. But if the Mezuza is owned by someone who obeys the Torah, it can protect your property and your house just as the cross has power if you believed He died for you.
In Exodus 23:25, we read, “And ye shall serve the Yehovah your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”
How do we serve Yehovah? Yeshua says, in John 14, Matt 6:25-34, by obeying His Torah. So if we obey His Torah, Yehovah will bless what we have, what we eat, and even heal us. So there is healing in following the Torah.
Here, in this verse, it actually says we are healed if we obey the Torah. Mainstream Christianity says no, we are healed if we believe Yeshua died for us on a cross for by His stripes we are healed. Ask yourself this question: Why did Yeshua die? He died to atone for our sins. What is sin? The Bible says sin is breaking the law of Moses (the Torah) 1.John 3. So if we believe Yeshua died for us, we will, as a consequence of our faith, choose to repent from disobeying the Torah and start obeying it again. So there is no conflict between saying the Torah can heal us and saying His stripes heal us. For if you really believe He died for you, you will choose to obey the Torah as a consequence of your faith.
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