Way, way, way back when I first started this blog, I used the analogy that the way the Torah is organized is similar to the child rearing process a parent goes through with their children.
If you want to take a trip down memory lane, you can read this post (actually it was only the second post of this blog) by clicking here.
The Torah is organized in a fashion that quite resembles the maturing process a human being goes through.
In the early stages of our life, we being by absorbing many general and rather basic rules and facts about the world around us.
Then, as our minds become more capable, we’re given even more information to absorb with even finer points added to the previous topics we have learned.
And then, once we mature even more, the unrecognizable and subtle connections and commonalities between what seemed to be entirely separate matters now become even clearer to us.
As we progress further, even more layers of the onion are peeled back to reveal even further detail and deeper intricacies of the world we live in.
Finally, as we mature, we develop a deep and profound understanding of the basic knowledge we acquired in childhood.
The Bible calls this wisdom.
Now here’s the thing.
One cannot rush this maturing process.
One cannot expect to acquire Biblical wisdom, by skipping over the TORAH and the other books of the TANACH and then begin one’s studies by jumping straight to the New Testament.
It doesn’t work that way.
True Biblical wisdom is acquired by slowly but surely meditating on God’s Word day-by-day, bit-by-bit by starting from the very first chapter of Genesis.
It is precisely because the mass of pastors and Bible study leaders begin their studies from a doctrinal bias taken from the New Testament with practically ZERO foundation in Torah principles and terms that we have the anti-TORAH mess we find ourselves in today.
It is precisely this lack of having a solid TORAH foundation that causes many Jews to run, no I should say sprint away from the inherent paganism of Christianity.
We were introduced to God’s basic laws in Exodus.
Then, once we got into Leviticus, we were given more information about the laws we were given in Exodus that would allow us to better grasp and apply those laws.
And once we entered the latter half of Leviticus, even deeper nuances and God-principles are added to the topics we learned in the beginning of Leviticus.
Finally, once we get into Numbers and Deuteronomy, we’re going to get even more instruction that will connect the dots even more and give us a more complete picture of what we studied in Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus.
We’re going to be well rewarded for having slogged our way through the first 3 books of the Torah.
I would say at this stage of Leviticus 25, we’re like students who have just graduated university and our now entering graduate school.
For those who have stuck with the daily teaching, you now have a solid base of knowledge and terms that will enable you to continue to successful walk through God’s HOLY Word.
Let me close this post with these words from the Psalmist.
“How blessed are those
who reject the advice of the wicked,
don’t stand on the way of sinners
or sit where scoffers sit!
is in YHWH’s Torah;
on his Torah they meditate
day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams —
they bear their fruit in season,
their leaves never wither,
everything they do succeeds.“
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“I gave you milk, not solid food,
because you were not yet ready for it.
But you aren’t ready for it now either!
For you are still worldly!
Isn’t it obvious from all the jealousy
and quarrelling among you that you are worldly
and living by merely human standards?”
-1 Corinthians 3:2-3