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 7.
What does it mean to study the Bible? Does studying the Bible simply mean to read our Bibles? Unfortunately, in this modern age, it appears this is the approach for the typical believer in the Messiah. It’s no secret that those of us who claim to follow Yeshua consistently fall short of living up to the example given by our Rabbi (Yeshua) on the way we should be living our lives. Being a disciple of yeshua is a lifelong journey towards conforming our lives to the image and the way of life that Yeshua taught. However, so often, followers of Yeshua chose to blatantly ignore some of the clearest Torah instructions of our Rabbi and obscure the teachings of the Torah and of Yeshua the Messiah using modern theologies for the purpose of getting “off the hook,” so one does not need to be accountable before God and His Word. There are instances in modern theologies where the followers of Yeshua are taught something explicitly contradictory to the plain meaning of the Word of God causing one to spend his or her life obeying the theology based instruction they received instead of the commands of God. The only way to break out of this cycle is to take seriously the study of the Bible, God’s Holy Word! But the question remains, “What does it mean to take Bible study seriously?” Let’s look at this a bit closer this week!
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.
Take care and God bless!