Strength and Courage

December 20, 2012 at 3:08 am (The Shepherd's Words) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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The word Torah – defined.

Torah – translation – Teaching
Definition – Acquired knowledge or skills that mark the direction one is to take in life. A straight direction. Knowledge passed from one person to another.

More about the word: Torah
To interpret the Hebrew word torah as law is about the same as interpreting the word father as disciplinarian. While the father is a disciplinarian he is much more and in the same way torah is much more than law. The word torah is derived from the root yarah meaning to throw. This can be the throwing of a rock, the shooting of an arrow, or the pointing of the finger to show direction. Another word derived from this root is the word moreh, which can mean an archer, one who throws the arrow, or a teacher, as one points the way. The word torah is literally the teachings of the teacher or parent. When a parent is teaching a child a new task and he demonstrates a willingness to learn, but fails to grasp the teaching completely, the parent does not punish the child, but rather encourages him. In contrast to this, a law is a set of rules that if not observed correctly, will result in punishment, and there is no room for teaching. The torah of Elohiym are His teachings to His children which are given in love to encourage and strengthen.

~ Taken from the Ancient Hebrew Dictionary by Jeff Benner (page 159)

I can not begin to say what a difference this little tid-bit made to me. Affirming yet again, the longing heart of a loving and patient God. Rather than the “rule giving stern task-master” God, I was taught and chose to interpret Him as most my life. Learning His intentions makes all the difference in the world in wanting to be close to Him.

Hebrew interpretations take us to His Heart, purpose, intention. Instead of just reading about His loving, kind, patience…you can “see” the intention of Him behind the language He originated!

Growing up, Gods word was; commands, truth, and laws. Those were hugely impersonal and distant words to me. Strict, authoritative and demanding. No one (mind you, no one I knew…knew any different) taught me that God is a teacher, like a loving parent, understanding I needed time to learn of Him and His ways. With this new teaching I have found strength and courage in my walk with Him. He has went from GOD to Abba, Father and I am His child!

I pray this opens a new door to your understanding and ushers in a strength and courage in your approach to Him as well 🙂

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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