Daily Tidbits 12/29/11 – Torah & Creation

The word תורה ‘torah’ comes from the root word תר ‘tar’ which means an image or outline.  The Torah/Word is the Image of God (Hebrews 1:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15).

All things in His Word are a shadow pointing back to Messiah (Hebrews 8:5; 9:24; 10:1; Colossians 2:16-17) who is the Image of God (Hebrews 1:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15-16).

While the Torah is most commonly applied to the five books of Moses, this word can also be defined as the entire Bible (Genesis – Revelation) as the word literally means “teaching” as in the teaching or instruction of the Lord.

The Scriptures define the Prophets as the Torah (1 Corinthians 14:21) & the Psalms as Torah (John 10:34; 12:34; 15:25).  Messiah further elaborates His Word as everything that comes out of His mouth (Matthew 4:4).  This includes creation, as creation came forth from His Word (Psalm 33:6; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:1-3) who became flesh and dwelt among us (Colossians 1:12-17; Hebrews 1:1-3, 8-12).

It is interesting to note that the Greek word μορφή ‘morphe’ is used in the Septuagint to translate the Hebrew word תואר ‘to`ar’ which means image, that comes from the same root, תר ‘tar,’ as תורה ‘torah.’  μορφή ‘morphe’ is also used to translate the Hebrew word צלם ‘tselem’ which means shadow.

Php 2:6  who subsisting in the form (μορφη ‘morphe’) of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,

The Hebrew word for word is דבר ‘davar’ which literally means order.  This is the definition of ‘cosmos.’

The Torah is an interesting word in that it comes from two roots.  One is תר ‘tar’ mentioned above which means an image or outline, and יר ‘yar’ which means to teach or pointing in the right direction.

Exo 24:12  And Jehovah said to Moses, Come up to Me to the mountain, and be there. And I will give to you the tablets of stone, and the Law, and the commandments which I have written, to teach them.

Both Law and Teach in the above verse come from the same root word יר ‘yar.’

The rain is likened unto the Word.
Deu 32:2  My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Isa 55:10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Teaching is linked with rain.
1Ki 8:36  then You shall hear in Heaven, and shall forgive the sin of Your servants, and of Your people Israel, for You shall teach (ירה ‘yareh’) them the good way in which they shall go, and shall give rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance.

Winter is the rainy season of the former rains.

The time of cold when men gather and read the Word.  The word for cold in Hebrew is  קר ‘qar’ which has the meaning of men gathering to the home to escape the cold.

Winter is the time of the early rains in the mideast.  This is the time of cold where men gather in homes to (קרא ‘qara’) read scrolls and teach/dedicate חנך ‘chanak’ their children.  The early rains also mean ‘teaching’ which is fascinating.

Joe 2:23  Then be glad, sons of Zion, and rejoice in Jehovah your God. For He has given to you the early rain (מורה ‘morah’) according to righteousness, and He will cause the rain to come down for you, the early rain (מורה ‘morah’) and the latter rain in the first month.

The Targum is, “in the Word of the Lord your God;”

Hos 6:3  Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

King Messiah likened unto the rain
Psa 72:1  <A Psalm for Solomon.> Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.
Psa 72:2  He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
Psa 72:3  The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.
Psa 72:4  He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.
Psa 72:5  They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
Psa 72:6  He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

Isa 45:8  Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

 

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