Torah – Is a Hebrew and is derived by root and means to guide/teach. The meaning of the word is teaching, doctrine, or instruction. Other translations include in the English language custom, theory, or system. The Torah also includes the “Written and Oral Law”. Encompassing the entire spectrum of the Jewish religious teachings. Thinking about Torah as law is considered to be an obstacle to understanding the ideal that is the term talmud torah.
Jesus stood in a Nazareth synagogue and read from the scroll of the Scriptures. By this time the people of Israel had apportioned the Pentateuch (the Torah of Moses: Genesis through Deuteronomy) into readings for each week. These portions of scripture were read aloud in the synagogue every Saturday morning. Today, people across the world continue to read a portion from the Scroll of Moses every week, studying through the Torah over the course of one year.
The words of the Torah formed the foundation of the life of faith and faithfulness practiced by all of the saints of the Old Testament, the prophets of Israel, and the disciples of Jesus. When Jesus thwarted the temptations of the Adversary he used the words of the Torah. Quoting Deuteronomy 8:3 he stated:
It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
The “words that come from the mouth of God” are the words of the Torah. They were given to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai as an everlasting decree, and then revealed in fullness by the living example of Jesus.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
When you study the weekly Torah portion, you not only learn about Jesus’ faith and culture, you will experience an exciting, inspiring, and revealing study of the Messiah himself. By studying the Torah, we are able to understand the words of our Master in greater depth, in more vivid color, and within their historical and cultural context. Consider these words of our Savior:
If you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?
A balanced and educational study of the weekly Torah portion will enhance your walk of faith and strengthen your understanding.
Make the Bible come alive by reading and studying with proper historical, contextual, and linguistic tools.
Gain deeper insights between the Old Covenant and New Testament scriptures and see how they fit and work together.
Learn critical Hebraic teaching principles and interpretation methods.
Experience rich, personal applications and spiritual growth.
Gain fresh insights into the person and teachings of Jesus.