Study of the Torah
For those of you new to the Torah, you have heard the
Torah or Old Testament called or referred to as the Law. This is not a correct
description of what the Torah is.
The Torah is the Teaching and Instruction from YAHUVEH to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the Children of Israel and all those who follow YAHUSHUA.
YAHUSHUA himself keep the Torah. Remember, he said "he did not come to do away with the Law or Torah, but he came to fulfill". In order to fulfill something, you have to do it, participate in it, walk it out.
The Torah was never given as the means to Salvation. Salvation as you know is through YAHUSHUA. The Torah was given to help you walk out your life blessed vs. cursed; to live life more abundantly. Even for those of us who have had pretty good lives so far, there is still a level of blessing that YAHUVEH desires his children to have which we have missed. We have become accustomed to things as they are, and think we are doing well.
As we begin to study the Torah, we will study the word from a Hebraic Understanding vs. Greek/Roman. You will begin to understand why the Torah has not been done away with. You will see that GRACE (favor extended by YAHUVEH, even though you do not deserve it) has existed since Adam. YAHUVEH was gracious to Adam; he could have destroyed him, but did not.
As we begin this study, I will use the Hebrew terms, but will show in parentheses the Greek/Roman or common terms that you are familiar with.
In Hebrew the Scriptures or Old Testament is called the "Tanach". This word is an acronym. It is broke down into three parts, the Torah, Prophets, and Writings. For now we will focus on the first 5 Books or the Torah. I will reference the Prophets, the writings, and the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), but our focus for now will be on the first 5.
Also, for your information, I use what is called "The Chumash" Stone Edition. It is a blue bound Torah. As we go through the study, any references I make to chapter, verses will be based on this, but you will still be able to follow. It would be very helpful for you to purchase one, but please do not feel that you cannot study without it, that is not true.
As you will see from the Torah Cycle Study Calendar, we are now at the portion called "Vayeira in the Hebrew" and means: And He Appeared. We will begin our study here at Chapters 18, 19, 20, 21, 22. I will provide some basic teaching on each chapter.