I am not Jewish although I deeply respect the religion and being christian much of my beliefs have come from Judaism. In fact Judaism is the tree that we Christians propose to be grafted into.
It’s complicated, but the deep respect is there.
(Ps 119:18) Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
The word law is Torah in the Hebrew which also means written word.
Psalm 119 is fun because each part goes with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is fun to look up what each letter means
(Ps 119:17) Gimel Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live, and keep your word.
Gimel is 3 or God.
I think I got this out of the dictionary:
To·rah also to·rah (tôr′ə, toir′ə, tô-rä′)
1. The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures. See Table at Bible.
2. A scroll of parchment containing the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures, used in a synagogue during services.
3. The entire body of religious law and learning including both sacred literature and oral tradition.
Another verse from Ps 119 that related to Torah was:
(Ps 119:89) LORD, Your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven.
(Ps 119:96) I have seen a limit to all perfection, but Your command is without limit.
(Ps 119:93) I will never forget Your precepts, for You have given me life through them.
(Ps 119:94) I am Yours; save me, for I have sought Your precepts.
(Ps 119:95) The wicked hope to destroy me, but I contemplate Your decrees.
Lamed = 12
“Rabbi Yismael bar Rabbi Yose said, ‘One who studies [Torah] in order to teach is given the means to study and to teach; and one who studies [Torah] in order to do is given the means to study and to teach, and to guard and to do.'”
In other words, a true talmid (student or learner) is not one who is entirely bookish and without deeds of righteousness that accompany his or her learning. This is echoed in the famous words of Simon the Just, who said that the world stands upon three things: upon Torah, upon worship and upon loving deeds:
“Upon three things the world does stand: upon the Torah and upon worship and upon acts of lovingkindness.”
In light of this, we can see how the word Lamed is connected with malmad, a goad or spur to action. Like a wise shepherd, learning will both spur us on to good deeds and control our animal instincts.
So secondly Lamed means to goad, learn or teach and possibly carrying
The third verse from psalm 119 about Torah that stuck out was:
(Ps 119:145) I call with all my heart; answer me, LORD. I will obey Your statutes.
(Ps 119:151) You are near, LORD, and all Your commands are true.
(Ps 119:152) Long ago I learned from Your decrees that You have established them forever.
19 Qof. The 19th Hebrew letter. Numerical value of 100.
Sounds like Q in Queen.
Qof words include Kadosh (holy).
The holiness of God is His “specialness”. He is to be honored above all else.
Korban (sacrifice) is also a Qof word.
Qof comes from the root Karev which means to come close.
A Qof year is a year to come closer to God.
Holiness and Community (people of God) – Jesus is our bride. Not just my bride.
There are surprisingly few root words in biblical Hebrew, but we get a lot of mileage out of the ones we have. For example, from the root word Qof-Dalet-Shin, meaning “holy,” “sacred” or “sanctified,” we get kedushah (holiness), kiddush (a prayer over wine sanctifying Shabbat or a holiday), Kaddish (an important prayer commonly thought of as a mourning prayer), aron kodesh (holy cabinet – the place in synagogue where the Torah scrolls are kept), and kiddushin (betrothal).
Put those three together:
Gimel lamed qof
God incites (carries/goads/pricks/teaches/leads to) holiness (Holy)
‘Thank you Father. You are so beyond me. I love you. Thank you.’
This also led me to the question; what is the law?
(Deut 4:1) “Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to follow, so that you may live, enter, and take possession of the land Yahweh, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
Teach = H3925 לָמַד lamad (law-mad’) v.
1. (properly) to goad
2. (by implication) to teach (the rod being an Oriental incentive)
[a primitive root] KJV: (un-) accustomed, X diligently, expert, instruct, learn, skilful, teach
(Deut 4:23) Take heed unto yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of anything, which the LORD your God has forbidden you.
(Deut 4:24) For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
(Deut 4:29) But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
(Deut 4:30) When you are in tribulation, and all these things are come upon you, even in the latter days, if you turn to the LORD your God, and shall be obedient unto his voice;
(Deut 4:31) (For the LORD your God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake you, neither destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore unto them.
(Deut 4:32) For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there has been any such thing as this great thing is, or has been heard anything like it?
(Deut 4:33) Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live?
(Deut 4:34) Or has God ever ventured to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
(Deut 4:35) Unto you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD he is God; there is none else besides him.
(Deut 4:36) Out of heaven he made you to hear his voice, that he might instruct you: and upon earth he showed you his great fire; and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire.
(Deut 4:37) And because he loved your fathers, therefore he chose their descendants after them, and brought you out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
(Deut 4:38) To drive out nations from before you greater and mightier than you are, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.
(Deut 4:39) Know therefore this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
(Deut 4:40) You shall keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days upon the earth, which the LORD your God gives you, forever.
(Deut 4:9) Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life: but teach them to your sons, and your sons’ sons;
(Deut 4:10) Especially the day that you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
(Deut 4:11) And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
(Deut 4:12) And the LORD spoke unto you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of the words, but saw no form; only you heard a voice.
(Deut 2:3) You have gone around this mountain long enough: turn northward.
(Exod 20:1) And God spoke all these words, saying,
(Exod 20:2) I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
(Exod 20:3) You shall have no other gods before me.
(Exod 20:4) You shall not make unto yourself any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
(Exod 20:5) You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
(Exod 20:6) And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
(Exod 20:7) You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.
(Exod 20:8) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
(Exod 20:9) Six days shall you labor, and do all your work:
(Exod 20:10) But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates:
(Exod 20:11) For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day: therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
(Exod 20:12) Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God gives you.
(Exod 20:13) You shall not kill.
(Exod 20:14) You shall not commit adultery.
(Exod 20:15) You shall not steal.
(Exod 20:16) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
(Exod 20:17) You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor any thing that is your neighbor’s.
‘Father, help me concentrate on first things first. Loving you- #1’
(Deut 5:1) And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that you may learn them, and keep, and do them.
(Deut 5:2) The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
(Deut 5:3) The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
(Deut 5:4) The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,
Deut 5:5) (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to show you the word of the LORD: for you were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,
(Deut 5:6) I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
(Deut 5:7) You shall have none other gods before me.
(Deut 5:8) You shall not make you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
(Deut 5:9) You shall not bow down yourself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
(Deut 5:10) And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
(Deut 5:11) You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.
(Deut 5:12) Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD your God has commanded you.
(Deut 5:13) Six days you shall labor, and do all your work:
(Deut 5:14) But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates; that your manservant and your maidservant may rest as well as you.
(Deut 5:15) And remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm: therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.
(Deut 5:16) Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you; that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you, in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
(Deut 5:17) You shall not kill.
(Deut 5:18) Neither shall you commit adultery.
(Deut 5:19) Neither shall you steal.
(Deut 5:20) Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.
Deut 5:21) Neither shall you desire your neighbor’s wife, neither shall you covet your neighbor’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.
(Deut 5:22) These words the LORD spoke unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.
(Deut 5:23) And it came to pass, when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that you came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
(Deut 5:24) And you said, Behold, the LORD our God has showed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God does talk with man, and he lives.
(Deut 5:25) Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die.
(Deut 5:26) For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
(Deut 5:27) Go you near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak you unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto you; and we will hear it, and do it.
(Deut 5:28) And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when you spoke unto me; and the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto you: they have well said all that they have spoken.
(Deut 5:29) O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever!
(Deut 5:30) Go say to them, Get you into your tents again.
(Deut 5:31) But as for you, stand you here by me, and I will speak unto you all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.
(Deut 5:32) You shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God has commanded you: you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
(Deut 5:33) You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.
‘Father, increase my reverence for you. Speak, LORD, your servant is listening.’
(Matt 22:37) Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
(Matt 22:38) This is the first and great commandment.
(Matt 22:39) And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
(Matt 22:40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
(Deut 6:4) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
(Deut 6:5) And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
(Deut 10:12) And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
(Deut 10:13) To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command you this day for your good?
(Deut 10:14) Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S your God, the earth also, with all that is in it.
(Deut 11:13) And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
(Deut 11:14) That I will give you the rain of your land in its due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, and your wine, and your oil.
(Deut 11:15) And I will send grass in your fields for your cattle, that you may eat and be full.
Jesus fulfilled the law
(Matt 5:17) Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
(Matt 5:18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
(Matt 5:19) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(Matt 5:20) For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
(Matt 5:43) You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.
(Matt 5:44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you;
(Matt 5:45) That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
(Matt 5:46) For if you love them who love you, what reward have you? do not even the tax collectors the same?
(Matt 5:47) And if you greet your brethren only, what do you more than others? do not even the tax collectors so?
(Matt 5:48) Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
Jesus expounds what it means to go beyond the righteousness of the pharisee.
To love even enemies.
(Matt 24:35) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
What has been revealing to me is the connection between the 10 commandments and logos or Jesus. His word doesn’t end. He fulfills the law. He speaks and it happens.
It is all too tremendous for me ‘ But thank you Jesus for showing me yourself.’
‘Thank you for uniting me to your sensitive areas in my sensitive areas.’
(1Cor 13:8) Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
(1Cor 13:9) For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
(1Cor 13:10) But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
(1Cor 13:11) When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
(1Cor 13:12) For now we see in a mirror dimly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
(1Cor 13:13) And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
How much is the ‘law’ God loving us and my obedience is me loving Him.?
Jesus word love.
God incites holiness
be ye perfect.
(Matt 5:48) Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
At first this seems a hard command. And yet part of God’s perfection is perfect love. It is a hard thing to do -being loving. But how fulfilling is it? Completely.
Yes, I must die. I must be consumed by His all powerful love. And yet inside Him am I completely alive and full of love and His fullness.
It is hard to comprehend but as I progress by leaps of faith, understanding comes. He is very gentle. ‘Father help me to be as gentle as you and as loving.’