Danielle Kerr

Boldly embracing and promoting Hebrew culture
10 Old Testament Scriptures to Remind  Us that Torah is Love

10 Old Testament Scriptures to Remind Us that Torah is Love

The law.

The word sounds cold and inflexible. Unappealing, really. Maybe you picture a list of dos and donts and breathe a rebellious teenage sigh. Rules. There are things we can do and things we can’t do.

I think that is sometimes how the law of God is viewed, even among Hebrews, Torah keepers. Not on purpose, or even consciously. We love the law. But the way we talk about it; the way some feel the need to prove it to Christians. The way some are offended when others don’t understand it like us. That’s the attitude sometimes.

On the other hand, I’ve heard the law described as bondage or outdated. But when I read through Deuteronomy, all I see is God showing his people how he wants them to live and love.

The two most important commandments: love God and love your neighbor as yourself. They are the goal of the whole law. The whole law is built around the two. The rest of the laws, they show us how to love God the way he wants to be loved and how to truly love others.

Torah isn’t a chores checklist. It isn’t a leash around your neck. It isn’t a list of dos and donts.

It’s love.

Love is beautiful; which means the law is beautiful. Below, I’ve selected some verses that remind me that the “law” is love. His love. It’s something I think we need to remember.

The Law of God is Beautiful.

Psalm 19:7

“The law of Yahweh is perfect, reviving the soul…”

Exodus 22:25

If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.

Exodus 23:5

if you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him

Deuteronomy 15: 7-8

If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any of your gates in your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your poor brother:

But you shalt open your hand wide unto him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wants.

Deuteronomy 4:7-8

For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?”

Deuteronomy 6:5

And you shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

Leviticus 19:18

You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.

Deuteronomy 11: 13-14

And it shall come to pass, if ye 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,

That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.”

Psalm 119:111

Your statutes are my heritage forever;

they are the joy of my heart.

And two more for good measure…

John 14:15

If you love me, keep my commands.

Galatians 5:14

For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Let’s try and remember this, y’all. We’re not keeping God’s laws because they’ll save us, but because they are good and they are loving and they show us what Yahweh loves and what he doesn’t.

1 comment found

  1. Praise Yah ! He has blessed you Dani to be a conduit to write Elohim’s will and share your perspective aimed at the young Torah keepers here ! GREAT STUFF !!

    Some thoughts..If we dont have law (Torah) (Yah’s ways) then what do we have ? Lawlessness, we walk without instruction, and in the ways of the world…We know we cant have it both ways either, and the ways of the world seem like fun at first , then it leaves emptiness, and a lack of true long lasting satisfaction, only a desire to do more evil and depression will set in.. Doing the ways of Elohim are not difficult, it’s just different than the world, and as a result the world rejects us , even as we are called to reach out to those who are not of the faith , to not judge them, usually they reject us and judge us , and that’s actually a blessing when we are mocked for Messiah’s sake, but our human nature, until we train it over time , can get quite upset with these things. The ways of Elohim are there to build us to the best possible thing we can be, while the ways of the world are there to take us to the lowest point possible in our lives.. let us continue in love and walk on his narrow path and live a truly blessed life .

    In conclusion…You know I love Torah , and it continues through the last part of scriptures too, Messiah came and explained so many things that even confused the Jews and created division among them , to summarize it. ..Love one another. Take care of each other, stop splitting hairs and arguing over small things creating divisions and strife which is worse than a regular sin, it’s an abomination!

    Shalom brothers and sisters !

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