We are beginning a new Torah series on the Covenant of God, the Repentance Series. This week's "Bits of Torah Truths" is an introduction, Part 6.
According to the Scriptures, we know the Lord God of Israel as “Our Father who is in heaven.” David wrote in the psalms (10:14) praising the God of Israel as a loving Father saying, He is the “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” Hosea wrote (14:3) that the fatherless find compassion and mercy in Him alluding to the Lord God of Israel as “Our loving Father.” David wrote, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” (Tehillim / Psalm 27:10) Based upon these Scriptures, the Lord is clearly known and understood as a loving Father according to the Tanach. A good earthly father disciplines his children, and so does our Father in heaven (Mishley / Proverbs 3:11, Hebrews 12:5-7). The purpose of God’s discipline is to lead us to perform Teshuvah (repentance) for our own ultimate good (Romans 2:4). When one repents and turns from his evil ways, he is demonstrating his willingness to turn from sin and to conform his life, with the help of the Spirit of God, unto the ways of the Lord God of Israel. According to the Torah, the way of the Lord is to do acts of charity and justice (Bereshit / Genesis 18:19, יט כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת-בָּנָיו וְאֶת-בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה לַעֲשֹוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא יְהוָֹה עַל-אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר-דִּבֶּר עָלָיו:) The Torah commands us to give generously to the poor. “You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land” (Devarim / Deuteronomy 15:11). Because of this, Yeshua the Messiah taught frequently about giving to the poor and encouraged His followers to do the same. As disciples of Yeshua, we should be distinguished as the most generous people on earth. Note that when Paul received permission from the apostles to take the gospel to the Gentiles, the apostles gave him only one stipulation. They asked him to teach the Gentiles “to remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10). This is known as the “straight way” or the “narrow path” that leads to life as Yeshua described in Matthew 7:14-16. The Lord God of Israel is “Tov v’yashar” (good and upright), and therefore He teaches His children to do the same, to be yesharim (ישרים), meaning to walk upright.
While studying the Bible, it is important to take a multidisciplinary approach by considering the history, the culture, the people, and the languages in order to help us understand the Scriptures and how to apply God's Word to our lives. MATSATI.COM Teaching Ministry examines the Hebrew Scriptures (Masoretic Text), the Aramaic (Targumim), and the Greek (Septuagint), coupled with studies in the rabbinic literature (Talmud Bavli, Mishnah, Midrashim, with the classical commentators: Rashi, Sforno, Rambam, etc). Our goal is to immerse ourselves in the language, the history, the culture, and the people who lived in the time of Moshe, the Prophets, and the Messiah, in order to deepen our understanding of Scripture, increase our faith, and grow in our relationship with the Lord!
I hope you enjoy this short study.
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