Rabbi Ralph Messer STBM copyIt is important to understand that the Hebrew language is verb-based as opposed to a noun-based language such as English. In other words, Hebrew is a language that is centrally focused on action and movement (verbs), rather than objects and places (nouns).

This contrast between Hebrew and most Western languages becomes all the more clear when considering not just the holy Name of God, but all names in general. From the Hebrew perspective, names identify the nature and character, the activity and lifestyle of an individual. One of the reasons the Scriptures contain multiple “Names” for God is to progressively reveal more and more of His infinite nature and character. God’s Name is synonymous with His action and activity on the earth! The movement is called, the Kingdom of Heaven!

Did Jesus have a King James Version of the Bible? Did He have a Catholic Bible? What Scriptures did He use? He used the Torah! The Hebrew word “Torah” is derived from two other Hebrew words: “Or” (Strong’s #216) meaning “light” and “Yarah” (Strongs #3384) which means to “shoot an arrow.” A great example is a archer hitting the target. That is what the Torah does in our lives!

Below are some common questions that people who are beginning to look at the Hebrew Lifestyle often ask me and my staff.  I have outlined them here for you, and welcome you to contact us if you have additional questions.

Is it possible to earn my salvation through the Torah?

Unequivocally no! Torah is not a means to salvation, in fact, the Torah functions to show us our need for the Messiah. As Galations states: “The Torah served as a tutor, leading me to the Messiah” (Galatians 3:24) Torah never has been, and never will be a method of salvation. In fact, the Torah was given to a Redeemed people to teach us how to walk out a redeemed lifestyle.  This lifestyle is available to us today as well, but we are not “required to follow it”.  We often say, “We don’t have to, we “”GET TO”” follow it.”

If I follow the Torah will I lose my salvation?

No, there is no power on earth that can cause you to lose your salvation once you have it.  As the saying goes, “Once saved, always saved!” The Blood of the Messiah (Jesus Christ — Hebrew: Yeshua) paid the price for sin and provides salvation for all men who confess with their mouth Jesus and LORD and believe in their heart that God has raised Him from the Dead (John 10:10). However, Yeshua (Jesus) also said in the Gospel of John that, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I shall give them eternal life and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27-28).  Following the Torah cannot cause you to lose your salvation, but it can cause you to walk in a lifestyle of Redemption and give you access to the more abundant lifestyle of Yeshua.

I am not Jewish, why should I keep the Feast Days?

The Feast Days (Mo’adim) are not specifically Jewish.  Leviticus 23 records these days as eternal celebrations for all of God’s people, to be kept throughout our generations. Since the Jewish people have been faithful to observe these days over time, they have come to be seen as Jewish, when actually they are teh Biblical Feasts. These days are rehearsals and commemorations of God’s prophetic timeline and redemptive plan.

What is Torah?

Torah literally means “teaching” — coming from the Hebrew root word Yarah (arrow) — it is like an arrow hitting its mark. Strictly speaking the Torah is the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), but in the broader sense, Torah refers to all of God’s written Word — Genesis through Revelation– Torah is God’s Teaching and Instruction, Guidance and Direction.

Some say, “Torah is legalism” Why should I put myself under the yoke of bondage?

Torah is not legalism or law. Torah is God’s Teaching and Instruction. The Torah was given to the Children of Israel after God redeemed them from bondage in Egypt. God did not free them from slavery only to put them back into bondage. torah is given to a redeemed people to teach us how to walk out a redeemed Lifestyle.  Yeshua (Jesus) is the King of kings.  As a King, he gave his Torah as His Kingdom Charter to the redeemed Children of Israel in the Wilderness of Sinai. He gave them His Torah (His Teaching and Instruction, Guidance and Direction), so they would know how to live in His Kingdom when they crossed over the River Jordan and entered the Promised Land.  The Torah contains the instructions for how to resolve disputes over land and among the people as they grew into large tribal nations. Torah also contains the directions for building the Temple and its administration for the Priests to serve God in the way He wants to be served. Study and observance of the Torah principles give you a lifestyle that is pleasing to Him and opens the door to blessing in your life, so that your prayers are answered before you ask!

If Christ is the end of the Law, why should I keep the Torah?

Romans 10:4 states that Christ is the “end” of the Law for righteousness. The term “end” more accurately means “goal” as in reaching the finish line. The Torah functions therefore to lead us to Yeshua (Jesus). The Torah was never intended as a means to Righteousness, but rather to show us our need for Messiah — Therefore, Christ is also the “end” of any attempts at using the Torah as a method of Salvation. Torah functions to show the Redeemed people how to walk out a redeemed lifestyle. 

Keeping the Torah is a lifestyle that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father, and it yields blessing to us as Kingdom Citizens.  In the Kingdom of Heaven there are certain Feast Days that are different from those of the “world.” Our King, Yeshua (Jesus) kept those Feast Days and taught His Disciples to do the same and in this way they would colonize the nations of the earth, bringing them into the lifestyle of the King of kings, and the Lord of lords.

I am a “Gentile” why should I study the Torah?

As Ephesians 2:11 states, we were once Gentlies, and strangers to the Covenants of promise, and cut off from the “commonwealth of Israel;” but, now by the blood of the Messiah (Yeshua/Jesus Christ), we who were once far off have been brought near. Those who were once gentiles in their unbelieving state should no longer be called “Gentiles” because they have been “grafted into” the tree of Israel (Romans 11). Therefore, the promises, and blessings of God contained within the Torah are for the whole body of Messiah (Yeshua/Jesus Christ). In fact, the phrase “Commonwealth of Israel” is a Hebrew idiom meaning the “Torah” – God’s Teaching and Instruction.

Yeshua is the King, and as such He desires to expand his kingdom and His royal family.  He does this by colonizing them. The process of  colonization happens when a people (you) begin to speak His language, follow his customs (Feast Days), eat His royal food (a kosher diet), thereby becoming like the King in your ways (lifestyle), all of which is found in His Kingdom Charter — The Commonwealth of Israel — The Torah.

I am not part of Israel, do you believe in “replacement theology?”

We do not believe or teach replacement theology, which attempts to show that the church, or some part of it, has replaced Israel as the chosen people; an entirely anti-Semetic doctrine. As Romans 11 clearly shows, believers, though they may not have been part of Israel originally, have been “grafted into” the tree of Israel by the blood of Messiah. Paul taught that it was a great mystery that the House of Israel was blinded to the Messiah, until the fullness of the gentiles would come in.

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