Yehuḏah/Jude 1:24-25 “And to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you blameless before the presence of His esteem with exceeding joy, 25 to the only wise Elohim, our Saviour, be esteem and greatness and might and authority, both now and forever. Aměn.”
Do you recognise the praise and esteem that is consistently required and continually due to the only wise Elohim, our Saviour? If it were not for יהוה who was on our side, and who redeemed us from destruction and death, where would we be today? In a world that is riddled with corruption and stumbling blocks too numerous to count, we ought to continually recognise, and give praise unto Elohim, for His trustworthy ability in keeping us from stumbling and enabling us to be presented blameless before His presence, which is soon to be fully revealed! So how does יהוה keep us from stumbling, and how does He give us the ability to be presented before Him blameless? Well firstly we can and must acknowledge that it is only by His own Blood that we are able to be cleansed and washed of all defilement. By the life, death and resurrection of יהושע Messiah, whose work and Word is perfect, are we able to be kept from stumbling and be a perfect set-apart people before Him, as we walk according to His perfect Torah! IN a message tonight called, ‘THE PERFECT TORAH!’ I want us to recognise the joy and wonder of having been given His Torah that causes us to be perfect and blameless in His sight! Dawiḏ declared that He loved the Torah of יהוה, as he too recognised that in an evil and wicked world, he saw the perfection of the Torah that would keep Him from stumbling and be blameless before Elohim:
Tehillim/Psalm 119:96-98 “I have seen an end of all perfection; Your command is exceedingly broad. 97 O how I love Your Torah! It is my study all day long. 98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies; For it is ever before me.”
Dawiḏ saw the ‘end of all perfection’ – and the Hebrew root word translated here as ‘end’ is קֵץ qets – Strong’s H7093 which means, ‘end, limit, highest peak, farthest border, goal’, and the Hebrew word translated as ‘perfection’ is תִּכְלָה tiklah – Strong’s H8502 which means, ‘completeness, perfection’, which comes from the primitive root verb כָּלָה kalah – Strong’s H3615 meaning, ‘to be complete, at and end, finished, accomplished’, and this word is used in Berěshith/Genesis 2:2 when we are told that in the seventh day Elohim ‘completed’ His work! The Greek word used in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of the Tanak) is συντελέω sunteleō – Strong’s G4931 which means, ‘to complete, accomplish, fulfilled’, and this is the Greek word used in:
Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 8:8 “For finding fault with them, He says, “See, the days are coming,” says יהוה, “when I shall conclude with the house of Yisra’ĕl and with the house of Yehuḏah a renewed covenant”
By the work of Messiah, in being the High Priest forever in the order of Malkitseḏeq, we see that while finding fault with the Lĕwitical priesthood, יהוה would complete and accomplish His work of our redemption and the securing of a sure Covenant through the precious Blood of our Master and Elohim, High Priest and King, the Saviour of our souls, יהושע Messiah!
Pilipiyim/Philippians 1:6 “being persuaded of this, that He who has begun a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of יהושע Messiah.”
The Greek word used here for ‘perfect’ is ἐπιτελέω epiteleō – Strong’s G2005 which means, ‘to complete, accomplish, finished, perfected, performing’, and this same word is used in:
Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 7:1 “Having, then, these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting set-apartness in the fear of Elohim.”
Due to the ‘perfect’ and ‘complete’ work of Messiah, we are able to be perfect and set-apart before Elohim, for that is what we are called to – to set-apartness, and having been grafted into the Covenants of Promise by the Blood of Messiah that cleanses and washes us, we are now called to be a called out people who are ‘perfecting’ set-apartness in the fear of Elohim! How then are we to ‘perfect’ our set-apartness in the fear of Elohim? By walking in THE PERFECT TORAH!!! Dawiḏ recognised this fact, and acknowledged the precious gift of the Torah that is perfect and equips us to perfect our set-apartness in the Master! When Dawiḏ said that he had seen ‘an end of all perfection’, he was acknowledging that while he may have certainly seen how extensive human wisdom and knowledge may be, it is limited and it could never come close to the completeness of the Torah, which extends to all eternity! Dawiḏ saw the perfection of the word and instructions of the One who is perfect, and so too are we able to run this race with perseverance as we ‘look to the Princely Leader and Perfecter of our belief, יהושע Messiah!’ (Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 2:2)
The Greek word translated in Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 2:2 as ‘Princely Leader’ is ἀρχηγός archēgos – Strong’s G747 which means, ‘founder, leader, chief, first, beginning or rule’ and has also been translated in some translations as ‘author’, which is also fitting as we know that, ‘in the beginning was the Word…’! The Greek word translated as ‘Perfecter’ is τελειωτής teleiōtēs – Strong’s G5051 which means, ‘completer, finisher’, which comes from the verb τελειόω teleioō – strong’s G5048 which means, ‘to bring to an end, complete, perfect, accomplish, make perfect’, which in turn comes from the word τέλειος teleios – Strong’s G5046 which means, ‘having reached its end, complete, perfect, mature’ and is used in the following verse in regards to the body of Messiah being equipped unto maturity:
Eph’siyim/Ephesians 4:13 “until we all come to the unity of the belief and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the completeness of Messiah”
This word is also used in:
Ya’aqob/James 1:25 “But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah.”
Looking into the ‘perfect’ Torah and continuing in it – that is to be one who guards to do what is instructed in it – shall be blessed – for it is the Perfect Torah that perfects our set-apartness!
While we could explore even deeper into many verses that clearly highlight the need to be looking into and obeying the ‘perfect Torah’, I want us to look at a Psalm of Dawiḏ that will cause us to recognise the praise due to our Mighty Master and Elohim, for giving us His Perfect Torah that turns us back to Him. Please turn with me to Tehillim/Psalm 19 (Read).
The title of this Tehillim is לַמְנַצֵּחַ מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד – ‘Lam’natsuḥ miz’mor l’Dawiḏ’ – which literally renders – ‘To the choirmaster, a psalm of Dawiḏ’, and the name of Dawiḏ – דָּוִד – Strong’s H1732 means, ‘beloved’ and the term used for ‘psalm’ is מִזְמוֹר mizmor – Strong’s H4210 meaning, ‘melody’ and it comes from the primitive root זָמַר zamar – Strong’s H2167 meaning, ‘to make music (in praise of Elohim), sing praises’ and therefore could literally be rendered as, ‘a melody of the Beloved’; and when we understand the nature of this melody of praise for Elohim we can certainly see how this magnificent song of praise certainly gives esteem and praise to our soon Coming King – the Master יהוה of Hosts – who has given us His Perfect Torah in order for us to be perfectly set-apart as a ready Bride unto Him!!!
This melody or psalm of praise is a powerful hymn that celebrates the esteem of Elohim, as proclaimed in the heavens, as well as the praise for the perfect Torah, in which יהוה’s will is revealed!!!
Romiyim/Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.”
The Greek word here for ‘perfect’ is τέλειος teleios – Strong’s G5046 as already discussed, and the Greek word translated as ‘desire’ is θέλημα thelēma – Strong’s G2307 which means, ‘will, desire, pleasure’ which comes from θέλω thelō – Strong’s G2309 which means, ‘to will, have in mind, intend’ and this Greek word is used in the LXX (Septuagint), and translated as ‘I please’ in:
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 55:11 “so is My Word that goes forth from My mouth – it does not return to Me empty, but shall do what I please, and shall certainly accomplish what I sent it for.”
The Hebrew word used in this verse is ḥaphets – Strong’s H2654 and means, ‘to delight in, desire, take pleasure in’.
How is the desire of Elohim accomplished many may ask…! It is His Word that accomplishes His desire and when we diligently excel in hearing, guarding and doing His Word, then we do that which He desires, for it is His Word that sets us apart and equips us to be a spotless Bride.
Tehillim/Psalm 51:6 “See, You have desired truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You make me know wisdom.”
We have been called in set-apartness and not to uncleanness; and so we must stay clean and in order to do that we must grow more and more in knowledge and discernment, so that we can love Elohim in the true set-apartness that He desires
Let us go back to Tehillim/Psalm 19:
In verse 1-6 we see a clear hymn of praise for the esteem of יהוה in the heavens, and this melody of praise is in many ways a song that acknowledges the perfection of יהוה and His Torah, as well as the desire for His Beloved to be continually seeking His perfection, and needing the Help of our perfect Elohim to be truly set-apart in perfection!
Dawiḏ contrasts the perfection of יהוה’s creation with the imperfections of man! The perfection of creation is demonstrated by the stars in the heavens that obey with clear mathematical precision, and Dawiḏ also proclaims the perfection of the Torah which provides man with the perfect wisdom of Elohim, in the form of commands, witnesses, orders, and the fear of יהוה – all of which are for the good of man! In this melody of praise for יהוה, Dawiḏ is alluding here to the relationship between the Torah and the heavens, and we know that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of turning (Ya’aqob/James 1:17)! The heavens have been given the mission of defining the flow of time, as measured through ‘day and night’. This cycle of time remains perfect as each night gives us the assurance of another night that will follow and so it is with each day, that we have the assurance of another day that will follow – each running their course and pouring forth the needed speech and knowledge of Elohim. Correspondingly we recognise the link here with the Torah needing to be that which man meditates upon day and night, without fail, as man’s total commitment to the PERFECT TORAH requires that he learn the Torah at every opportunity, by day and night – for this is the committed cycle of the blessed man who does not conform to the world:
Tehillim/Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the Torah of יהוה, and he meditates in His Torah day and night.”
In verses 1-6 we clearly see how the heavens, in a disciplined way of marking time, communicate the knowledge of יהוה to mankind, without using words – and it is visible for all to see:
Romiyim/Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world His invisible qualities have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, both His everlasting power and Mightiness, for them to be without excuse”
The sun is pictured as that which represents the faithfulness of a bridegroom who is coming out of his room, and naught is hidden from its sight as it goes from one end of the earth to the other.
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 23:24 “If anyone is hidden in secret places, would I not see him?” declares יהוה. “Do I not fill the heavens and earth?” declares יהוה.”
While the sun is certainly essential to human life, it can also be harmful to those who do not exercise correct precaution against its burning heat, and so too do we recognise that the Torah is essential for our lives. In fact we are told in Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 32:47 that it is not a worthless word for us because it is our life! So just as the sun is good and essential to human life, so too is the Torah good, if one uses it legitimately:
Timotiyos Aleph/1 Timothy 1:8 “And we know that the Torah is good if one uses it legitimately”
The Greek word translated as ‘legitimately’ is νομίμως nomimōs – Strong’s G3545 which means, ‘conformable to law, rightly, lawfully, agreeable to the law, properly’!!!
When you live rightly and properly in agreement to the law (Torah), then it is good, for the Torah is not ‘laid down’ for the righteous, but for the lawless, wicked, unruly, sinners, wrongdoers, murderers and the profane – and this means that these who walk in the Torah shall not be under the judgement of the Torah!
The Torah of יהוה is prefect, as it brings back the being and gives eternal life to those who live by it!
The Hebrew word תּוֹרָה torah – Strong’s H8451 means, ‘utterance’, ‘teaching’, ‘instruction’ or ‘revelation’ from Elohim’. Other definitions include: ‘information that is imparted to a student; direction; body of prophetic teaching; instruction on Messianic Age; body of priestly direction’, and comes from the primitive root verb יָרָה yarah – Strong’s H3384 meaning, ‘to shoot, throw, instruct, direct, teach’, which therefore can give us the understanding of ‘Torah’ to mean the following:
TO AIM OR POINT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION and MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION
The Torah gives us our ‘direction’ and bearings as we sojourn here, looking forward to the sure and promised hope of the return of our King and Teacher of Righteousness!
In other words it means that you aim or point in the right direction and you move in that direction. You can see that this meaning is way different as to how we understand the ‘burden’ that is typically associated with the word ‘Law’. It is also interesting and wonderful for me how the word Torah clearly reveals the Messiah, let me show you how. The original language spoken and written by Hebrews is referred to as Ancient Hebrew Script which consisted of an alphabet of pictographic symbols that each rendered its unique meaning, which later developed into the ‘middle script’ or Paleo-Hebrew and then into what is known as ‘Biblical Hebrew’ as we have it available for us today; and though the Hebrew Language went through a number of changes, we are able to discern the original symbols or pictures that were used which actually resembled their meaning.
Each symbol or picture carried a meaning or meanings and when symbols were collectively put together they would spell a word that carried a meaning or clear description.
The word TORAH is a combination of four symbols: (Remember Hebrew is read right to left):
(Ancient Hebrew) and תּורה (Biblical Hebrew)
= תּ (tav) a picture of ‘crossed sticks’ which means ‘to seal or covenant’ or ‘mark’ or ‘sign’
= ו (vav) a “nail” or a “peg” which means ‘to add or secure or hook’
= ר (resh) “a head of a man” meaning “a person, the head or the highest” or “first” or “top” or “beginning”
= ה (hay) “a man with arms raised” which means “to reveal” or “behold” or “what comes from”
When we consider these pictographic symbols and their meanings, we can by the word rendered ‘Torah’ see the wonderful work of Messiah, who secures for us the Covenant in His own Blood that brings the two houses (Yehuḏah and Yisra’ĕl) – two sticks – together!
It could best be rendered in a powerful testimony of the work of Messiah as follows:
“Behold the man, Messiah our Head, who by His own Blood renewed the covenant, nailing to the ‘stake’ that which was written against us, and securing the covenant in order that the two sticks can be brought back together in Him, whom we praise”
Other definitions based on this word could also render:
‘What comes from the man nailed to the ‘cross’ or upright pole’ and ‘Behold the man who secures the covenant’ and ‘To a cross is nailed the highest, it is revealed in Torah’
Wow – how awesome is this!!! Now – does this sound like a heavy law??? Not at all – this description or definition does not make me think of fines or of a judge or of punishment or even of prison! יהושע tells us that His yoke is easy – His yoke is His Torah (instructions and teaching)!
His Torah is perfect – ‘bringing back the being’. The Hebrew word translated in Tehillim/Psalm 119:7 as ‘bringing back’ is שׁוּב shuḇ – Strong’s H7725 which means, ‘to turn back, return, repent, recover’, meaning to turn away from sin and turn back to Elohim and follow in His ways. When we truly repent and turn back to יהוה we will ‘obey’ His Word, which is the same as to ‘hear and do’ His Word, as we intelligibly hear His clear voice – which is always in accordance to His Torah, and guard to do all that He commands us. The Hebrew word translated as ‘being’ is נֶפֶשׁ ‘nephesh’ H5315 which is ‘a soul, a living being, the inner being of a man’. Why I am highlighting these words is to simply show us that without the Torah, no true repentance can take place, and those who claim that Torah observance is no longer valid, do not understand what repentance means and can never truly turn their lives back to the True Living Elohim and Saviour of our souls.
The first time that this word שׁוּב shuḇ is used in Scripture is used twice in:
Berěshith/Genesis 3:19 “By the sweat of your face you are to eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you return.”
What this implies is clear – this word speaks of returning back to that from which you came! And in order to do that you need to turn away from that to which you have wandered toward! While many may claim that you cannot turn back to a Torah that you were never taught in, this is not what this is saying here. What it is saying is that the perfect Torah is what brings you back to the Creator and author of your life. All life comes from יהוה, and through the first man that sinned, sin entered into the world, and death by sin and so death was passed on to all, yet by the obedience of one many shall be made righteous. The first man was of the earth, earthy; the second Man is the Master from heaven, and while the first man, through sin, caused that all flesh shall return to the earth, it is through the second Man – the Master from Heaven that we are given eternal life, through His life-giving Spirit. The first Aḏam received the life-giving Spirit of the Master, which through sin caused him to lose the breath of life and face death! The PERFECT TORAH brings us back to יהוה, The Master of the heavens! We see the root word שׁוּב shuḇ being used in:
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wrong forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return to יהוה, who has compassion on him, and to our Elohim, for He pardons much.”
In The LXX (Septuagint) the word translated as ‘return’ in the Greek is ἐπιστρέφω epistrephō – Strong’s G1994 which means, ‘to turn, return, turn back’ and this word is seen in:
Ma’asei/Acts 3:19 “Repent therefore and turn back, for the blotting out of your sins, in order that times of refreshing might come from the presence of the Master”
The Greek word for ‘refreshing’ is ἀνάψυξις anapsuxis Strong’s G403 and means, ‘recovery of breath, refresh’ and we see that when we repent and turn back to The Master we may receive a recovery of breath – His Word giving us our very life that we may live and breathe and praise His Name – for everything that has breath praise יהוה!
I trust that you are seeing the true ‘perfection’ of the Torah that ‘brings back the being of a man’!!!
The Torah is perfect, as it returns the soul of a man to His Maker!
When Messiah came, The word made flesh, He clearly proclaimed a repentance back to Elohim:
Mattithyahu/Matthew 4:17 “From that time יהושע began to proclaim and to say, “Repent, for the reign of the heavens has drawn near.”
In Luqas/Luke 13:5 Messiah makes it clear – if you do not repent you will perish!!! Those who claim to call upon the Master of the Heavens as their Saviour and Redeemer, yet refuse to walk in His Perfectthe Torah that lights our path, are sadly headed on a road to death!
In Ḥazon/Revelation we are given a clear reality check of how many will sadly refuse to repent and turn back to יהוה.
(Ḥazon/Revelation 9:20; 9:21; 16:9; 16:11)
Dawiḏ makes it clear that the Torah is what brings us back, and then he expands on this making it clear that the witnesses or testimony of יהוה is trustworthy – that is the testimony of יהושע Messiah – the trustworthy Man:
The Hebrew word for ‘trustworthy’ is אָמַן aman – Strong’s H539 which means, ‘confirm, support, establish, faithful, believe’, and we are told in:
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 20:6 “Most men proclaim each his own loving-commitment, but who finds a trustworthy man?”
Only through the life, death and resurrection of יהושע Messiah do we have the only trustworthy and sure witness of יהוה who has called for man to return to Himself and receive abundant life! יהושע made it clear that the Scriptures bear witness of Him (Yoḥanan/John 5:39), and He revealed the righteousness of Elohim, as witnessed by the Torah and the prophets (Romiyim/Romans 3:21).
The Hebrew word translated as ‘witnesses’ is עֵדוּת eduth – Strong’s H5715 which means, ‘testimony, witness, ordinance, warning’, which becomes more meaningful to us when we look at the ancient script, as it looks as follows:
= עֵ –This is the letter ‘ayin’ and in the ancient alphabet this letter is pictured as , which is ‘an eye’ and represents the idea of seeing and watching, as well as knowledge, as the eye is the window of knowledge.
= ד –This is the letter ‘dalet’, which in the ancient script is pictured as , which is a ‘tent door’. It can also have the meaning of a back and forth movement as one goes back and forth through a tent door and so speaks of an access point. It can also carry the meaning of ‘dangle’ or hanging as the tent door would hang from the roof pole of the tent. It speaks a great deal in terms of understanding the door of the tent of appointment as the only means of access.
= וּ– This is the letter ‘waw’ or ‘vav’ and the ancient pictographic form of this letter is , a peg or ‘tent peg’, which was used for securing or tying the tent or other items. The possibility of it having a Y-shape is to show that it prevents the rope from slipping off. The root meaning of this letter is ‘to add, secure or hook’.
= ת – this is the letter ‘taw or tav’ which in the ancient script is pictured as – – which is the picture of two crossed sticks, and can represent for us ‘seal, covenant, mark or sign’; as this once again points to the complete work of Messiah in the renewal of the Covenant in His Blood that brings the two Houses of Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah together in Him, as One, for He is not only the ‘aleph’, but is also the ‘taw’ – the beginning and the end of all creation!
When we consider that יהושע Messiah is The Door, then we further see our need to continually be looking at Him, and praising Him as we diligently are serving in spirit and truth, guarding to do all His commands – as we look continually into the perfect Torah of Freedom and not forget what we look like!
The Word of יהוה shall be a witness against those who are not ‘looking’ at His Word and guarding to do it!
This word comes from the root word עוּד ud/ood – Strong’s H5749, which means, ‘to return, go about, repeat, do again, encircle, supports’, which is another great practical lesson in understanding how we are to continually be meditating on the Word of Elohim, as we also find ourselves repeating the cycle of studying His Torah each week, doing it again and again!
The orders of יהוה are upright and are consistent with our created inborn sense of right and wrong, and His orders gladden the heart, for they remove any doubt or uncertainty in wondering what His good and pleasing will is for us!
The Hebrew word for ‘orders’ is פִּקּוּד piqqud – Strong’s H6490 which means, ‘precepts, commandments, statutes, regulations’, which is a principle instructing to do a certain action, which is to be obeyed by all in same society of the covenant.
The word for ‘staright’ is יָשָׁר ‘yashar’ – Strong’s H3477, and means, ‘right, straight, upright and righteous’. The Book of Yasher, commonly known to us as ‘Jasher’, means the book of the ‘upright/straight’ or the Book of the ‘Righteous’.
We, as children of Elohim are called to walk upright and straight, called to walk and do what is ‘right’ in the eyes of יהוה – called to do what is ‘yashar’ – called to walk in righteousness and that is to walk in His Torah!
Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 12:28 “Guard, and obey all these words which I command you, that it might be well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the eyes of יהוה your Elohim.”
I encourage you to go and check out the commentary notes on Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 3-7 for a more deeper understanding of what ‘yasher’ means!
His commands are clear, giving us sight to our eyes, for when one turns to the Master יהושע Messiah the veil is removed (Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 3:16)!
The Hebrew word for ‘command’ is מִצְוָה mitzvah – Strong’s H4687 which means, ‘commandment, command, obligation, precept’, which clearly speaks of the commands of Elohim, and His מִצְוַת – ‘mitzvoth’ (plural for commands) are those rules which apply to specific situations and are tailored for each unique situation in determining the correct action to be taken in a specific circumstance and so we ‘guard’ those carefully to know how to respond and take action for any given situation we may find ourselves in.
The Hebrew word for ‘clear’ is בַּר bar – Strong’s H1249 meaning, ‘pure, empty, clean, undefiled’ and comes from the primitive root verb בָּרַר barar – Strong’s H1305 which means, ‘to purify, cleanse, select, choose, purge’.
By His spoken Word given through Mosheh and revealed through His life, death and resurrection we have been chosen in Him and purged of all our lawlessness and sin!
True fear of יהוה is clean, as it brings us to a state of purity. When the ‘fear of יהוה’ is understood as that which comes forth from His gut, which is His Living Word, we recognise that His Words are ‘clean’ words, Silver tries in the furnace of the earth, refined 7 times – for this signifies the work of יהושע Messiah, the clean Word made flesh, in order to redeem us back to Himself, refining us through His pure Word!
For more on the ‘Fear of יהוה’ please see the sermon notes on our site in a message called, ‘THOSE FEARING ELOHIM LISTEN!’ at the following link:
Dawiḏ proclaims that the fear of יהוה is ‘clean’, which is translated from the Hebrew word טָהוֹר tahor – Strong’s H2889 which means, ‘clean, pure, purity, who is clean’, and here it is written in the feminine as טְהוֹרָה – t’horah. When we look at this word in the ancient script we are able to recognise the wonderful aspect of what pure and clean fear of יהוה entails for us as a cleansed Bride:
The original pictograph of these letters (from right to left):
Tet – טְ:
The original pictograph for this letter is , ‘a container made of wicker or clay’. Containers were a very important item among the nomadic Hebrews. They were used for storing grains and other items. Wicker baskets were used as nets for catching fish. The meanings of this letter are ‘basket, contain, store and clay’.
The original pictograph for this letter is , a man standing with his arms raised out. The Modern Hebrew and original name for this letter is “hey”. The Hebrew word “hey” means “behold”, as when looking at a great sight. This word can also mean “breath” or “sigh” as one does when looking at a great sight. The meaning of the letter is ‘behold, look, breath, sigh and reveal or revelation’ from the idea of revealing a great sight by pointing it out. It also carries for us the meaning of surrender as we lift up our hands and submit to יהוה as we lift our hands in praise, declaring His authority under which we humbly submit!
Waw – וֹ:
This is the letter ‘waw’ or ‘vav’ and the ancient pictographic form of this letter is , a peg or ‘tent peg’, which was used for securing or tying the tent or other items. The possibility of it having a Y-shape is to show that it prevents the rope from slipping off. The root meaning of this letter is ‘to add, secure or hook’.
Resh – ר:
The Ancient picture for this letter is , ‘the head of a man’. This letter has the meanings of ‘head or man’ as well as ‘chief, top, beginning or first’.
Now in terms of the cleansing process we see the following message through this pictograph lettering of טְהוֹרָה – t’horah:
We, as ‘clay baskets’ come and surrender and ‘raise our hands’ in acknowledgement and confess our sins/lawlessness before the One who has secured for us His Covenants of Promise in His own Blood – our ‘head’ and High Priest, יהושע Messiah, and we put our lives in the hands of Him who ‘lifts us up’ from the miry clay and makes us clean and purifies us from all unrighteousness!
Qorintiyim Bet/2 Corinthians 4:7 “And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the excellence of the power might be of Elohim, and not of us”
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 18:6 “O house of Yisra’ĕl, am I not able to do with you as this potter?” declares יהוה. “Look, as the clay is in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand, O house of Yisra’ĕl!”
Iyoḇ/Job 10:9 “Remember, please, that You have made me like clay. And would You turn me into dust again?”
The right-rulings of יהוה are true and righteous and more desirable than gold, and sweeter than honey!
Right-Rulings – מִּשְׁפָּטִים mishpathim plural of מִּשְׁפָּטִ Mishpat – Strong’s H4941which means right-ruling or judgement and are the ‘legal procedures’ or firm rulings that are non-negotiable. It is through these mishpathim that community is to be ruled and how any issues that may arise would be dealt with in a prescribed way that is just and fair. These are what we could call the ‘social laws’ that clearly teach us how to get on with each other and how we are to behave and how we are to live according to how we have been created to be in יהושע.
Tehillim/Psalm 89:14 “Righteousness and right-ruling are the foundation of Your throne; kindness and truth go before Your face.”
Tehillim/Psalm 97:2 “Clouds and darkness all around Him, righteousness and right-ruling are the foundation of His throne.”
The word translated as ‘true’ is אֱמֶת emeth – Strong’s H571 which means, ‘truth, firmness, faithfulness’, and this word carries an underlying sense of certainty and dependability – and we know that The Word of יהוה is truth:
Tehillim/Psalm 119:142 “Your righteousness is righteousness forever, and Your Torah is truth.”
Tehillim/Psalm 119:151 “You are near, O יהוה, and all Your commands are truth.”
Tehillim/Psalm 119:160 “The sum of Your word is truth, and all Your righteous right-rulings are forever.”
Anyone who claims to serve יהוה without walking in and giving heed to follow His Torah, commands and instructions are not serving in Truth, and those who claim that the Torah/Law of Elohim has been done away with are sadly riddled with the leaven of the hypocrisy of man’s theologies and dogmas that seeks only to serve self rather than the Giver of Life, while claiming the opposite!
the Hebrew word translated as ‘righteous’ is צַדִּיק tsaddiq – Strong’s H6662 which means, ‘just, righteous, blameless, lawful’ and comes from the primitive root צָדֵק tsaḏeq – Strong’s H6663 which means, ‘to be just or righteous, justified, properly restored’.
Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 6:25 “And it is righteousness for us when we guard to do all this command before יהוה our Elohim, as He has commanded us.”
We do not lay up for ourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, but we rather lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, for where our treasure is there our heart will be also. Honey is sweet, yet when you have too much honey you can become sick, yet this is not so with the Torah, commands, orders, right-rulings and witnesses of יהוה. In fact the more we eat of His sweet word the healthier we become! We can never get sick from the pure sweetness of the PERFECT TORAH! And we need the PERFECT TORAH – and Dawiḏ clearly recognised this, as we see in verses 11-13 how he acknowledges that the servant of Elohim is warned by His Torah and in guarding them there is great reward. He also acknowledges the imperfections of man, for even when he does his utmost the learn and take great care of guarding the perfect Torah, he realises that he is not without faults or mistakes, and asks that יהוה keeps him from being ruled by presumptuous sin, as his desire to be perfect before Elohim is clearly declared in this melody of praise unto יהוה, whose Creation and Torah is perfect! His desire before יהוה is that His words and thoughts are always pleasing before יהוה, and without the guarding of the PERFECT TORAH, this would not be possible!
Iḇ’rim/Hebrew 5:9 “And having been perfected, He became the Causer of everlasting deliverance to all those obeying Him”
With the perfect work of redemption that יהושע Messiah came to bring, He has caused all who obey Him to work out their deliverance with fear and trembling, with the sure hope of the everlasting deliverance to revealed at His return!
We can work out our deliverance, through complete commitment and obedience to His Torah that equips us to be a bride that is returning to Her Husband, Redeemer, Rock and King.
Our desire, as called out set-apart ones, is to please יהוה, and He has given us His PERFECT TORAH to know what is His good and pleasing will and enables us to fully proclaim the works of His Hands, along with the consistent witness as seen in the Heavens day after day and night after night, as we too faithfully meditate on and walk in His Torah day and night, being completely consistent in our obedience that can be proclaimed without many words – by keeping His Sabbaths, Appointed Times and all His clear commands for set-apartness unto Him!
THE PERFECT TORAH – IT BRINGS YOU BACK TO THE MASTER AND CREATOR OF ALL!!!
May we too, as Dawiḏ, have the melody of the beloved being seen in our daily lives as we walk according to THE PERFECT TORAH, recognising our constant need for His Word to be our guide and our help, for without it we will be lost and die. Can you, as Dawiḏ, shout out.. “Oh how I love your Torah… The Torah of יהוה is perfect!”
Now that you have said these words – let your life sing this continually through your complete obedience without compromise.
The Perfect Elohim has given us His Perfect Torah in order that we may be perfect as He is perfect!
(That is worth singing about)
יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you Shalom!