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Building a Nation Volume 3

Torah? What is Torah?

The Torah is a Holy book about God and God’s relationship with the world. Traditionally, the Torah is the first five books of your Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Most comprehensively, the Torah is the entire Bible that we read today from Genesis to Revelation. So how does the Torah relate to you today?

When God and the children of Israel entered into covenant together regarding the Torah, it was with all the people – those that were there at that moment in time and those not yet born. This means at that moment God also made a covenant with you!

  • Would you like to know more about this covenant?
  • Would you like to know who God is?
  • Are you empty and searching?
  • Do you want to know what God wants for you?

Find answers to questions like these and more as Rabbi Messer covers Torah basics in the Hebrew roots of the Christian Faith and teaches applying to your life the concept of having the faith of Jesus and not just faith in Jesus.

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Men – There Are No Leave It to Beaver Families

I know what it’s like to come into the Torah and for everyone to act like there’s nothing wrong in their families.  I’ve got to tell you, men, there aren’t any “Leave it to Beaver” families, even on Shabbat.  We put on this self-pious attitude in our congregations, talk real sweet to our wives and make sure the children are doing fine.  All the while, back at home we’re yelling and ordering everyone around all the time.


We have this natural tendency toward a fatal attraction.  We think it’s all about “me” as fathers, when it’s really all about “us.”  When I travel and go on the road, it torments me to leave my family behind because I want my children with me.  I love my children, yet what I’ve found is that often when you feel torn inside, you will, unfortunately, be prone to snapping at those you care most about.  Now, I’ve got some news for you.  If you snap too many times, you’ll end up like Moses did out in the wilderness.


Men, I know the pressure you are under.  Pressure to succeed; pressure to become a person you’ve never been before; pressure to produce for your family; pressure when your wife walks by that mink fur coat that you want so much to give her, but can’t; pressure of trying to pay all the bills.  Trust me, I know.  I have six children!


I know what it’s like to walk in the Torah and hear everyone saying, “You’re not going to accomplish this.”  Then there are those who come against you and accuse you of promoting legalism.  I’ve even have people tell me that I shouldn’t be studying Torah at all.  No matter how right these people think they are, the bottom line is that they are wrong!


If you sincerely practice the Shabbat, the cornerstone place of peace for your family, and you’re praying Proverbs 31 and Psalm 1, doing the basic things in the Torah – even if at times it doesn’t seem like a big deal – things will begin to come in line.


We don’t need “Leave it to Beaver” families, we need real families that are walking out to the best of their ability the statutes, commands and principles that God placed in the Torah.  When you love your wife and family, when you pray for them, when you follow the instructions of the Torah, you will build credibility for yourself in their eyes.  Every time your children are around, grab them and give them a hug, and ask them how they are doing.  Your fatal attraction will diminish and the true attraction of God and family will be strengthened.

Taking Torah To the Nations

Rabbi Ralph Messer

Internationally acclaimed Bible teacher, author, conference and motivational speaker, lecturer, educator, business consultant and Spirit-filled minister, Rabbi Ralph Messer is the President and Founder of Simchat Torah Beit Midrash® (STBM)―a congregation and a Torah school based in Colorado.


Relish the Journey on the Way to Destiny

By: Rabbi Ralph Messer

Regarding key relationships in your lives, no matter who they are with, it’s important to realize that it’s a process; a journey from “Point A” to “Point B”.  If you are going to introduce the Torah, God’s Teaching and Instruction to someone, you’ll literally be taking them from one point to another point in life.  That journey has to be one that hits a target and impacts your life.  This is the number one area that I myself had to make adjustments to not long ago.


When you have six children, a ministry, and another full-time business, you can imagine how things can get a little stressful.  At one time we had four secretaries working out of my home for STBM, and over 80 employees with Simchat Torah Beit Midrash (STBM) working in eight states.  During that time, I was doing ministry at night and my business during the day.  It was at that point in my life when God began to work mightily.


My wife, Maureen, was in charge of payroll and we were doing everything we could to keep the business going.  God blessed us in a mighty way.  However, we got to a point in our life where we couldn’t move on to the next level.  It was then that God began to show me that I needed to manage my time in a different manner.


God says that the Torah is a goal we are journeying towards, the process and walk that God lays out for your life.  It’s a journey or a process that God takes you through to reach a final destination.  Yeshua is far more concerned about your journey as opposed to the destination.  You can run right over the process of your journey and never enjoy it; or you can selectively choose the people with whom you will share the most precious thing in your life during the journey – time.


Your time and your journey are extremely important, because it is out of the journey that you will cultivate the disciplines, ideas, and the vision for your life.  God offers you two things in life.  They are the Torah (what I consider to be resources) and relationships.  It’s crucial that you understand one thing.  If you put resources ahead of your relationships, you’re going to fail in the journey of life.  If the Torah becomes more important to you than your relationships, you’ve got the whole system flipped upside down!


God teaches us that the Torah is “written on your heart and mind.”  It is out of your relationships that you generate resources for the journey of life.  God says that the Torah is a light and lamp unto our path.  The problem is that we are still plugged into the wall and are worshiping the light and the lamp and not the Torah giver.  The Torah is simply guidance, direction and principles for the journey of life.


When you give up relationships for the Torah, you’re out of control, out of order, and your journey has just stopped.  Your journey and success in life will be no more successful than your relationships with others.  It is from your journey that your stories in life will come.  It is out of my own journey that I’m able to share with you many important lessons gained from what has transpired in my life.


More important than knowing the commands of the Torah, is the process by which those commands effect how you treat others in your life.


“Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Matthew 4:19


Yeshua said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”  It’s not about what we make ourselves, but what He makes us in the process of following Him.  We are a society that emphasizes making ourselves.  That thought comes straight from the Tower of Babel in Babylon where the people stated, “Let us make a name for ourselves.”  IN the Kingdom of God it is Yahweh who makes us.


Taking Torah To the Nations

Rabbi Ralph Messer

Internationally acclaimed Bible teacher, author, conference and motivational speaker, lecturer, educator, business consultant and Spirit-filled minister, Rabbi Ralph Messer is the President and Founder of Simchat Torah Beit Midrash® (STBM)―a congregation and a Torah school based in Colorado.