My Lent Words 39: The Law of the Lord

Tora is one of several words translated ‘law’, ‘instruction’ or ‘teaching.’ Sometimes the books of Moses (Genesis to Deuteronomy) are referred to as the Law.

‘Yet he did not put the sons of the assassins to death, in accordance with what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses…’ (2 Kings 14:6)

The English word ‘law’ has legal connotations which are not always there in the Hebrew.

‘The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.’ (Psalm 19:7)

‘Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.’ (Psalm 119:1)

But it is a general word for teaching or instruction.

‘Do not forsake your mother’s teaching.’ (Proverbs 1:8)

For a Christian, the law of the Lord is the body of teaching that we love. We should want to obey because then we will reflect God’s character. We do not need to obey it to be acceptable to him.

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