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The Word of G-d

May 5, 2009

I always thought that the word of G-d was a perfect canonical book given to mankind, which was completed by a historical process and is closed now. But I’ve learned now that it contains textual errors and even traditional presuppositions are traceable in different codex’s. This hebrewscrollfragment1challenged me to think over again where the reliability of this for me so lovely word, is come from. In this way of learning I realized more and more that the word of G-d has a divine nature besides of its physical existence. In fact the very word of G-d, the Torah, was given after the redemption out of Egypt, on the mount Sinai. This was such a great gift, one cannot see this beauty until the eyes are opened to see the glory of the L-rd who revealed himself in that way. This was the salvation of the people of Israel. All the prophets, scriptures and the psalms are speaking about and mentioning this great happening. The gift they received was not only the direct Word of G-d. It was the way of salvation. Explained by many ceremonials with sacrificing as the main core, beside the ten words. That’s why the Jewish custom is not only looking at the written text, but considers the whole case, the oral tradition inclusive.

What I’m trying to say is not to diminish the written word, but to extend it beyond the physical borders. It’s just more. And we can see it when we go to the second great revelation of HaSjem in the world, the coming of Yeshua the Messiah as the fulfillment of the complete Torah by his sacrifice. It was the light which was in the Word which was G-d himself. This Word became flesh and dwelled among us. (John1) Here we see the word (Torah) in flesh after the first time when it came in text. And the latter is more than the former because it’s a fulfillment of prophecy and the goal all prophets were looking for. Namely: Salvation and restoration of mankind in the true image of G-d.

And now we have witnesses of this case by the so called New Testament or Apostolic Scriptures. This word also belongs to the word of G-d, it is the word of the Messiah, according to Paul as he said: (Col.3:16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. My English/Hebrew Brit Hadashah translated the Greek word Logos used here to Torah. And I think you can do that. The complete Torah unveiled by Yeshua unto mankind. And more than that, it’s applied unto his chosen people as HaSjem said by Jeremiah: (31:33) I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts. As a new covenant. And in the Torah itself was already written: (De.30:14) But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Other places gives: (where law means Torah) Gal.6:2: The law of the Messiah. Ro.8:2: The law of the spirit of life. Ro.10:4: Messiah is the end of the law. And as you may know, Paul used the Greek word Nomos for law. Without doubt he had Torah in mind. And then, when he spoke about this in verse Ro.7:23 he says “the Torah of my mind”. And here we see that (the living) Torah has come into the heart of the faithful. By Yeshua it was completed. Now Torah has a curse as well as salvation in one heart connected with Yeshua. Without further sacrifice, as He said: “It is finished”. (Jo.19:30)

So this considering, I would say that, in fact, Yeshua closed the scriptures, or closed the Torah in certain sence. I’m not saying that the NT is not inspired canonical scripture, but I’m saying that there’s more than just scripture. You would find, as I do, the holiness of all things in Yeshua, the holy truth. In him everything is holy, even me, picked up from dead, put into life, eternal life and eternal beauty, forever with him, rejoicing in his eternal Torah, his Word. Through his grace and sacrifice I’ll live and it caused me to say with Peter: (1Pe.1:3-4) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven” for us. Which is Yeshua the Messiah. (8-9) “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

And then, what’s the benefit of the scriptures? This is the first, to be converted and saved through the written, but also the living and eternal word of G-d. And this is the Word: (1Pe.1:25) “which by the gospel is preached unto you.” Which is Yeshua, let I say the extended Torah. As is written: (Ps.19:7) “The Torah of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul.”

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