The Law of God is Our Heritage
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be Hebrew. What it means to be part of an ancient covenant. Back when Israel was exiled from the land, it left us without a culture. We forgot our heritage and we became immersed in the cultures that were around us.
I have felt an extremely strong desire to immerse myself in Hebrew culture. To embrace my heritage. To identify as a Hebrew before anything else. A daughter of Israel. I know I’m not alone in this feeling.
Today, I came across a verse during a google search, and it conveyed everything I have been feeling about my faith. Every emotion summed up in this verse:
“Your statutes are my heritage forever, they are the joy of my heart.”Psalm 119:111
Most of my readers already know that the law of YHWH is still applicable to his children today. We all think of it as part of the basics. Of course we keep Torah. But every now and again I get a renewed wave of love for these basics. I remember the all of beauty in it. And, dare I say, I think I understand what the psalmist must have been feeling when he wrote about his love for God’s law in Psalm 119. So many verses stick out to me because of the passion that is apparent for the law of YHWH. I feel that.
I love walking in the ways of Yah, like my ancestors did. These instructions that were given to them by God and passed on all the way down to me. It’s special. And it’s such a privilege to be able to keep his commandments, not for salvation, but because his words and his precepts and his instructions are beautiful and just and wise; like the psalmist wrote. These verses express what a lot of Hebrews feel so deeply. We all know these verses, but sometimes it’s just so refreshing to read something that expresses what you feel.
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!Psalm 119:9-10
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,who walk according to the law of the Lord.Psalm 119:1
Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.Psalm: 119:165
All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.Psalm 119:160
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.Psalm 119:30
“Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.”
Our fathers and ancestors kept these instructions. They kept Shabbat and the feast days. This is part of our history and heritage. When we live this lifestyle, it isn’t just a bunch of outdated commandments; They are a testament to entire story of Israel: how Elohim rescued us from Egypt and made a covenant with our ancestors in the wilderness. How we broke that covenant, but Yeshua(Jesus) died in order for us to be able to be reunited with God again.
I love the law of YHWH because I love the word of God. Every word He has spoken to us is to teach us wisdom. YHWH’s words teach us how he desires to be loved and how to love and live with each other in harmony. After all, the whole purpose of the law is love.
The Torah of Yah, spoken directly from his mouth, is our heritage. I love it. I will cherish His words and instructions for as long as I live.