Is The Torah Only For Jews?

Abrahams Descendants

By Chris Pope from Torah Babies

Who are the Jews and is Torah just for them?

One of the first things we have to realize when it comes to the Torah, is who was it given to and who was it for? Ask most people and they will tell you that the Law or Torah was given to the Jewish people. Keeping the Sabbath, observing the seven Feast of YHWH, eating only those animals that were declared good for food, and keeping any of the Torah, is only for the Jews, most people will tell you. Let’s take a look and see how the Bible defines Jews and see exactly who the Torah was given to. First we have to take a step back and define Hebrew. Hebrew means to transverse or crossover. Who was the first Hebrew or person to cross over?

“One who had escaped came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew” Genesis 14:13.

The first person mentioned in the Bible as a “Hebrew” is Abram, who was renamed Abraham. This makes sense considering that Abraham “crossed over” and left the comfort of his country, his home, and his family to follow YHWH into the wilderness.

“Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12: 1-3.

Abraham was Hebrew and most likely he was the first Hebrew. This would make all the descendants of Abraham Hebrews as well. Isaac, Jacob, King David, and even Y’shua would have been Hebrew’s because they were all descendants of Abraham.

Now we need to define Israel biblically. Today, Israel is a country in the Middle East, with physical borders and a group of people that live inside of those boarders who call themselves Israelites and/or Jews. When we read about Israel in the Bible, is this the Israel that is being referred to?

9Then YHWH appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him. 10YHWH said to him, “Your name is Jacob; you shall no longer be called Jacob, But Israel shall be your name.” Thus He called him Israel. Genesis 35:9-10.

When we see Israel in the Bible, assuming it is referring to the country of Israel can cause some confusion. When the Bible refers to “the sons of Israel,” it is talking about Jacobs’s twelve sons and their descendants. Jacob or Israel’s twelve sons and their descendants were the first Israelites. Now we can safely say that all of Abraham’s descendants were Hebrew, and all of Jacob’s descendants were Israelites, but Abraham wasn’t an Israelite.

Now we can start to break down the 12 Tribes and see where each group originated. Jacob’s sons; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin made up the twelve tribes of Israel and each tribe would have been named according to the name of each son. So all the descendants of Judah were known as Jews, Dan’s descendants would have been called Danites, and descendants of Levi were known as Levites. With this understanding, it becomes clear that only 1/12 of Israel was Jewish.

So far we know that Jews are descendants of Judah, and all Jews are Israelites and Hebrew, but not all Israelites are Jews. All this can be very confusing, so let’s recap what we know so far. Abraham was Hebrew, but not an Israelite or a Jew because neither existed yet. Isaac, Abraham’s son, was Hebrew, but not an Israelite or a Jew because neither existed yet. Jacob, who YHWH renamed Israel, was Isaac’s son. Jacob was Hebrew, but not a Jew because Jews originated with his son Judah. Judah, one of Jacob’s twelve sons was Hebrew and an Israelite, but before his children, there was no such thing as a Jew. The descendants of the other eleven sons were not Jews, but were named accordingly e.g. from Levi came the Levites, from Benjamin came the Benjamites and so on.

It’s critical to realize that while all Jews are Israelites, not all Israelites are Jews. Only the descendants of Judah are Jews. There is a deception at work that has a majority of people believing that most if not all of the Old Testament was written for the Jews. Most people believe that YHWH led the Jews out of Egypt, and while that is true, there is much more to the story. He also led the other eleven tribes out of Egypt as well as foreigners who chose to “crossover” and worship YHWH.

According to the Bible, YHWH’s chosen people are the descendants of Israel who we now know are not just Jews, but all of the twelve tribes.

“Hear, O Israel! YHWH is your Elohim, YHWH is one! 5You shall love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:4-5.

For you are a holy people to YHWH your Elohim; YHWH your Elohim has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 7:6.

So who is this verse talking about as a “chosen people”? These verses tell us that Israel, as in all 12 tribes are YHWH’s chosen people. Even if we are not natural born Israelites, we can still become one. According to the Bible anyone who chooses to believe in and follow the commands of YHWH can be “grafted in.” This has been happening since the Exodus when foreigners came out of Egypt along with Israel.

There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you. Exodus 12:49

The natives would have been descendants of Jacob’s twelve sons, and the strangers would have been everyone who wasn’t one of Jacob’s twelve sons, but they were ALL a part of Israel. Even though they were not born Israelites they were grafted in and therefore under the same law. Romans 11 talks in depth about being grafted in, but to sum it up we could say that if you believe in Y’shua and follow the commands of YHWH, you are Grafted In and have become a part of His “chosen people.” We hope this study has cleared up some common misconceptions. The Jews alone are not YHWH’s chosen people and it was not only the Jews who were brought out of Egypt. Also, the thought that the Torah was given ONLY to the Jews is not accurate. Israel (not the country) is YHWH’s chosen people; Israel (both natural born and Gentiles who were “grafted in”) were lead out of Egypt; and YHWH’s commandments, statutes and judgments were given to all of Israel.

“Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which YHWH, the Elohim of your fathers, is giving you. 2You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor takeaway from it that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohim which I command you. Deuteronomy 4: 1-2

At the end of King Solomon’s reign, 10 of the 12 tribes split off and became the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin made up the Southern Kingdom. YHWH divorced the ten northern tribes for not following the Torah and whoring after other gods. They were scattered among the nations. Because the tribe of Judah was the dominant tribe they all became known as Jews. Today, because of bad translations of the Bible and the lack of or desire to study the word and test everything, most people falsely assume that the Torah does not apply to them, because it was ONLY for the Jews! As we have hopefully shown, this is a grievous error and the Torah, Feast Days, and Sabbath are not just for the Jews, but for anyone who wishes to be in covenant with YHWH.

This was written by Chris Pope, Click to go to his site called Torah Babies.

Standing on Quicksand?

standing-on-the-promisesStanding on Promises or Quicksand?

Many of us in organized religion love to quote and claim Scripture to heal us, bring us money, give us peace, prosperity, love, but is there something we are missing? Do we blindly spout off at the mouth Scriptures that we assume will bring us good luck or happiness and blessings? Is there more to it than that? Let’s look at some of the common Scriptures people quote from the New Testament to have God’s hand move in their lives. Let’s look at the most common Scripture known to most Christian believers.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever would believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

The Key word here that I understand is the word ‘believe’. But what does it mean to believe? What does the word believe mean? Here is the Strong’s definition from

KJV Translation Count — Total: 248x

The KJV translates Strongs G4100 in the following manner: believe (239x), commit unto (4x),commit to (one's) trust (1x), be committed unto (1x), be put in trust with (1x), be commit to one's trust (1x), believer (1x).

Outline of Biblical Usage

I.                to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in

A.            of the thing believed

i.                to credit, have confidence

B.            in a moral or religious reference

 .                used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul

i.                to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith

ii.                mere acknowledgment of some fact or event: intellectual faith

II.                to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity

 .              to be intrusted with a thing


For me, I struggled many years wondering if I was really going to Heaven. What qualified me for Heaven? Was it obedience to the word of a Pastor, or was it more than that? What did it mean to believe in Jesus? I think, for me, it now means to believe in what Messiah taught, Yeshua (Jesus) taught Torah. He didn’t preach ‘feel good’ messages. Most of the time when he opened his mouth, he upset someone, so much so, that many of those whom he upset wanted him dead. What did Messiah say to make people hate him so? The answer is he told them the truth.

Many people in this day and age don’t want the truth, we want that old time religion: Sunday, no work, eat whatever you want, Christmas and Easter, etc. To believe in Messiah Yeshua means to believe in the words he taught, and not just believe in them, but put them into practice.

Another Scripture that many quote to bring financial prosperity is the following,

Luk_6:38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

I think this is a wonderful Scripture, but what comes to mind for me is, who do we give to? Do we give to a wealthy Pastor? Do we give our money to affluent people or ministries? Will this cause us to receive a good measure, pressed down…? Messiah stated in Matthew 25:31-46 that we are to do things for the 'least of these' like providing food, clothing and shelter to people who have nothing.

Some Christian ministries are multi-million dollar businesses, nothing more, nothing less. Do we really believe that sowing our money to such individuals will reap us a sure reward? I think not!

Here is a Scripture on peace that many of us are familiar with:

Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

So, where does this peace that passes all understanding come from? Does it come obedience to God and His word or does it come from disobedience to God and His word? Will we have peace by disobeying his word? Many people in the world have no idea what peace is or what it means to obey the word of God. Neither do many in the realm of organized religion. We do what is right in our own eyes, adhering to man-made traditions with no regard for God and his pure and unadulterated word. How can anyone have peace when they blatantly disobey God’s word? What day do you observe as God’s Sabbath? If you tell me Sunday, you are in ignorance and are disobeying the word of God. Period.

There are many more promises that people stand on, but because of their disobedience, they are actually not standing on the promises of God, but on religious rhetoric, or in other words, quicksand. If we don’t obey all of the word of God, and we are disobedient to His Torah commands, how can we say any of these promises will be ours (in abundance?)?

People, don’t fool yourself. God is not stupid. He knows those who are his own and he knows those who assume they are his through the following of their own devices. If you want the promises of God, you have to follow ALL of His commandments, Genesis to Revelation.

There are no promises from the word of God that apply to a Torah violator. I would love to see the blessings of God come to all of humanity, but first things first, you have to obey his word. God doesn’t reward people for disobedience, you wouldn’t either, so why would it be any different for him? Find out which commandments you need to obey and watch the hand of God start to move in your life.

Do These Two Commandments…?

Two Commandments

Do These Two Commandments Replace the Torah?

A recurring theme among some of my brother and sisters in the Christian faith is the belief that God somehow did away with the Torah when His Messiah was nailed to the tree. They have told me that when Messiah died he nullified the Law and thus rendered it as old and outdated scripture, devoid of any merit in a person’s life in this current generation. Many will say that there are only two Commandments with which to offer to God as our obedience to His word. They are:

Deu 6:5 and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.

Lev_19:18 Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people; rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.

Here is the same Scripture as reiterated by Yeshua (Jesus) our Messiah,

Mat 22:36  “Rabbi, which of the mitzvot (commandment) in the Torah is the most important?”

Mat 22:37  He told him, ” ‘You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’

Mat 22:38  This is the greatest and most important mitzvah.

Mat 22:39  And a second is similar to it, ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’

Mat 22:40  All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.”

One might think that Messiah is making a preference of a portion of Scripture over another when in essence he is showing us that on these two commandments hang all the other Torah commandments. What does that word hang or dependent mean? Here is a definition of the word ‘hang’ from the Strong’s definition from,


1 Strong’s Number: g2910

Greek: kremannumi


is used

(a) transitively in Act 5:3010:39; in the Passive Voice, in Mat 18:6, of a millstone about a neck, and inLuk 23:39, of the malefactors;

(b) intransitively, in the Middle Voice, in Mat 22:40, of the dependence of “the Law and the prophets” (i.e., that which they enjoin) upon the one great principle of love to God and one’s neighbor (as a door “hangs” on a hinge, or as articles “hang” on a nail); in Act 28:4, of the serpent “hanging” from Paul’s hand; inGal 3:13 the word is used in a quotation from the Sept. of Deu 21:23.

If we look at the definition we don’t see anywhere that the Torah and Prophets are nullified, instead they are joined to those two commandments and they support them. In other words, if we truly want to follow God, we will love Him with all of our heart, soul and strength and we will love our neighbour as ourselves, but what the Torah does is that it shows us how to do this. Those two commandments can never be the only two stand-alone commandments. We love God and our neighbor based on how that love is outlined in his Torah and the writings of the Prophets.

Look at,

Lev_19:18 Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people; rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.

This scripture shows us how we are to love our neighbor by not bearing a grudge against our neighbor or having vengeance on them. This is what Torah does for those who are willing to listen to and obey it. It shows us the ‘how’ of it.

If we throw out all of the commandments of Torah and the Prophets to observe only two commandments, we will never achieve the ability to truly love God or our neighbor. We show our love for God by obeying his commandments. If your child said to you, “I love you so much…”, but never listened to a word you said, wouldn’t you begin to wonder if they truly loved you? Obedience is tied tightly to love. If I disobey my Father’s Torah Commands by committing adultery with another woman, am I truly showing him I love him? I have to obey his word from Genesis to Revelation. There is no way around this.

The notion that these two commandments replace or nullify the Torah and Prophets is not rightly dividing the word of God.

Father, wake us from our slumber, restore our minds to sanity, heal our broken hearts and give us a passion for your Messiah who is our Torah. Amen.

Why The Torah?

Torah ImageI have been on this planet for over half a century and have come to the conclusion that the only thing that makes sense to me in 2015 is the Torah of our Almighty Father. When Abba (A title the Father's Son, Yeshua (Jesus), gave the Father which means 'Daddy' in Aramaic.) was giving His instructions to Moshe (Moses) he was very detailed as to how to run the Nation of Israel and any nation that was willing to adopt these instructions. This Torah was the blueprint for running a successful society. Without adherence to the commands of Torah a society enters into a state of moral corruption and decay. It will spiral down to the dredges of anarchy. Our Father in Heaven is the Supreme Being and he KNOWS human beings. He knows how frail we are and how rebellious we can be. He also knows that it is imperative for us to follow all of the Torah Commands that apply to us today. We are seeing everywhere on this planet where people have forsaken the Father and his ways. An important thing to note is that I am after the pure unadulterated Torah, free from the traditions of men, free from omissions, just the pure Holy Word of the Father. 

So why is it that people do not want to follow Torah? Is it because Torah is too difficult to follow, or is it because no one can ever keep all of the Torah commands that apply to them? The reality is we can and are able to follow the commands of Torah! Consider,

Deu 30:11  For this mitzvah (command) which I am giving you today is not too hard for you, it is not beyond your reach. 

Deu 30:12  It isn't in the sky, so that you need to ask, 'Who will go up into the sky for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?' 

Deu 30:13  Likewise, it isn't beyond the sea, so that you need to ask, 'Who will cross the sea for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?' 

Deu 30:14  On the contrary, the word is very close to you – in your mouth, even in your heart; therefore, you can do it! 

 So, we see from the Scripture that we are definitely able to keep the Torah commands, in fact, we bring ourselves under a curse when we disobey the commands of Torah. Consider,

Deu 27:26  " 'A curse on anyone who does not confirm the words of this Torah by putting them into practice.' All the people are to say, 'Amen!' 

Obedience to Torah brings blessings and plenty of them! Here are the blessings for obeying the Torah Commandments of our Father in Heaven:

Deu 28:1  "If you listen closely to what Adonai your God says, observing and obeying all his mitzvot which I am giving you today, Adonai your God will raise you high above all the nations on earth; 

Deu 28:2  and all the following blessings will be yours in abundance – if you will do what Adonai your God says: 

Deu 28:3  "A blessing on you in the city, and a blessing on you in the countryside. 

Deu 28:4  "A blessing on the fruit of your body, the fruit of your land and the fruit of your livestock – the young of your cattle and flocks. 

Deu 28:5  "A blessing on your grain-basket and kneading-bowl. 

Deu 28:6  "A blessing on you when you go out, and a blessing on you when you come in. 

Deu 28:7  "Adonai will cause your enemies attacking you to be defeated before you; they will advance on you one way and flee before you seven ways. 

Deu 28:8  "Adonai will order a blessing to be with you in your barns and in everything you undertake; he will bless you in the land Adonai your God is giving you. 

Deu 28:9  "Adonai will establish you as a people separated out for himself, as he has sworn to you – if you will observe the mitzvot of Adonai your God and follow his ways. 

Deu 28:10  Then all the peoples on earth will see that Adonai's name, his presence, is with you; so that they will be afraid of you. 

Deu 28:11  "Adonai will give you great abundance of good things – of the fruit of your body, the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your land in the land Adonai swore to your ancestors to give you. 

Deu 28:12  Adonai will open for you his good treasure, the sky, to give your land its rain at the right seasons and to bless everything you undertake. You will lend to many nations and not borrow; 

Deu 28:13  Adonai will make you the head and not the tail; and you will be only above, never below – if you will listen to, observe and obey the mitzvot of Adonai your God 

Deu 28:14  and not turn away from any of the words I am ordering you today, neither to the right nor to the left, to follow after other gods and serve them.

Now with any instructions from the Torah there comes a curse for disobedience. We always have two options, obey or disobey, one option comes with a blessing and the other with a curse, so here are the curses the Father lists for disobedience of his Torah commands:

Deu 28:15  "But if you refuse to pay attention to what Adonai your God says, and do not observe and obey all his mitzvot and regulations which I am giving you today, then all the following curses will be yours in abundance: 

Deu 28:16  "A curse on you in the city, and a curse on you in the countryside. 

Deu 28:17  "A curse on your grain-basket and kneading-bowl. 

Deu 28:18  "A curse on the fruit of your body, the fruit of your land and the young of your cattle and flocks. 

Deu 28:19  "A curse on you when you come in, and a curse on you when you go out. 

Deu 28:20  "Adonai will send on you curses, disasters and frustration in everything you set out to do, until you are destroyed and quickly perish, because of your evil actions in abandoning me. 

Deu 28:21  "Adonai will bring on you a plague that will stay with you until he has exterminated you from the land you are entering in order to take possession of it. 

Deu 28:22  Adonai will strike you down with wasting diseases, fever, inflammation, fiery heat, drought, blasting winds and mildew; and they will pursue you until you perish. 

Deu 28:23  "The sky over your head will be brass and the earth under you iron. 

Deu 28:24  Adonai will turn the rain your land needs into powder and dust that will fall on you from the sky until you are destroyed. 

Deu 28:25  "Adonai your God will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you will advance on them one way and flee before them seven. You will become an object of horror to every kingdom on earth. 

Deu 28:26  Your carcasses will become food for all the birds in the air and the wild animals, and there will be no one to scare them away. 

Deu 28:27  Adonai will strike you down with the boils that broke out on the Egyptians, tumors, skin lesions and itching, all incurable. 

Deu 28:28  Adonai will strike you with insanity, blindness and utter confusion. 

Deu 28:29  You will grope about at noon like a blind person groping in the dark, unable to find your way. "You will be continually oppressed and robbed, and there will be no one to save you. 

Deu 28:30  You will get engaged to a woman, but another man will marry her. You will build a house but not live in it. You will plant a vineyard but not use its fruit. 

Deu 28:31  Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you won't eat any of its meat. Your donkey will be taken away from you by force as you watch, and you won't get it back. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and there will be no one to help you. 

Deu 28:32  Your sons and daughters will be handed over to another people; you will watch for them longingly all day but not see them; and there will be nothing you can do about it. 

Deu 28:33  A nation unknown to you will eat the fruit of your land and labor. Yes, you will be continually oppressed and crushed, 

Deu 28:34  till you go crazy from what your eyes have to see. 

Deu 28:35  Adonai will strike you down in the knees and legs with painful and incurable boils; they will spread from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head. 

Deu 28:36  Adonai will bring you and your king whom you have put over yourselves to a nation you have not known, neither you nor your ancestors; and there you will serve other gods made of wood and stone. 

Deu 28:37  You will be so devastated as to become a proverb and a laughingstock among all the peoples to which Adonai will drive you. 

Deu 28:38  "You will carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, because locusts will devour it. 

Deu 28:39  You will plant vineyards and dress them but neither drink the wine nor gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. 

Deu 28:40  You will have olive trees throughout your territory but not anoint yourself with the oil, because your olives will fall off unripe. 

Deu 28:41  You will father sons and daughters, but they won't belong to you, because they will go into captivity. 

Deu 28:42  The bugs will inherit all your trees and the produce of your land. 

Deu 28:43  "The foreigner living with you will rise higher and higher while you sink lower and lower. 

Deu 28:44  He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him; he will be the head and you the tail. 

Deu 28:45  "All these curses will come on you, pursuing you and overtaking you until you are destroyed, because you didn't pay attention to what Adonai your God said, observing his mitzvot and regulations that he gave you. 

Deu 28:46  These curses will be on you and your descendants as a sign and a wonder forever. 

Deu 28:47  Because you didn't serve Adonai your God with joy and gladness in your heart when you had such an abundance of everything; 

Deu 28:48  Adonai will send your enemy against you; and you will serve him when you are hungry, thirsty, poorly clothed and lacking everything; he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he destroys you. 

Deu 28:49  Yes, Adonai will bring against you a nation from far away that will swoop down on you from the end of the earth like a vulture, a nation whose language you don't understand, 

Deu 28:50  a nation grim in appearance, whose people neither respect the old nor pity the young. 

Deu 28:51  They will devour the offspring of your livestock and the produce of your soil, until you have been destroyed. They will leave you without grain, wine, olive oil, or your young cattle and sheep – until they have caused you to perish. 

Deu 28:52  They will besiege all your towns until your high, fortified walls, in which you trusted, collapse everywhere in your land, which Adonai your God gave you. 

Deu 28:53  Then, because of the severity of the siege and distress that your enemies are inflicting on you, you will eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your own sons and daughters, whom Adonai your God has given you. 

Deu 28:54  Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will be without pity for his brother, his beloved wife or his surviving children, 

Deu 28:55  to the degree that he will refuse to share with any of them the flesh of his children whom he is eating; because if he did, he would have nothing left for himself — in the severity of the siege and distress your enemies are inflicting on you in all your towns. 

Deu 28:56  The most delicate and sensitive woman among you, so sensitive and delicate that she wouldn't think of touching the sole of her foot to the ground, will so begrudge her own beloved husband, son and daughter 

Deu 28:57  that she will secretly eat the afterbirth that comes out of her and even her own children as she bears them — so desperately hungry will she be in the severity of the siege and distress your enemies are inflicting on you in your towns. 

Deu 28:58  "If you will not observe and obey all the words of this Torah that are written in this book, so that you will fear this glorious and awesome name, Adonai your God; 

Deu 28:59  then Adonai will strike down you and your descendants with extraordinary plagues and severe sicknesses that go on and on. 

Deu 28:60  He will bring back upon you all the diseases the Egyptians had, which you were in dread of; and they will cling to you. 

Deu 28:61  Not only that, but Adonai will bring upon you all the sicknesses and plagues that are not written in this book of the Torah – until you are destroyed. 

Deu 28:62  You will be left few in number, whereas you were once as numerous as the stars in the sky – because you did not pay attention to the voice of Adonai your God. 

Deu 28:63  "Thus it will come about that just as once Adonai took joy in seeking to do you good and increase your numbers, so now Adonai will take joy in causing you to perish and be destroyed, and you will be plucked off the land you are entering in order to take possession of it. 

Deu 28:64  Adonai will scatter you among all peoples from one end of the earth to the other, and there you will serve other gods, made of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. 

Deu 28:65  Among these nations you will not find repose, and there will be no rest for the sole of your foot; rather Adonai will give you there anguish of heart, dimness of eyes and apathy of spirit. 

Deu 28:66  Your life will hang in doubt before you; you will be afraid night and day and have no assurance that you will stay alive. 

Deu 28:67  In the morning you will say, 'Oh, how I wish it were evening!' and in the evening you will say, 'Oh, how I wish it were morning!' – because of the fear overwhelming your heart and the sights your eyes will see. 

Deu 28:68  Finally, Adonai will bring you back in ships to Egypt, the place of which I said to you, 'You will never ever see it again'; and there you will try to sell yourselves as slaves to your enemies, but no one will buy you." 

We see that these curses are very severe and the punishment for disobedience will bring among other things, mental illness, physical illness, financial crisis, and a whole host of other terrible symptoms and signs of a life devoid of Torah adherence. Is this what we want? To suffer like this in our lives today and have no thought of tomorrow? Someone once said to me, "Obey the Father for a lifetime and have blessings forever. Disobey the Father and reap punishment for a lifetime and have nothing in the next." I want the blessings! I don't want the curses and I don't think anyone does. So, why don't people want to obey the Torah? I think we believe that obedience to Torah means having no fun and sheer drudgery. Nothing could be further from the truth! Consider,

Pro 29:18  Without a prophetic vision, the people throw off all restraint; but he who keeps Torah is happy.  

Obedience to Torah brings happiness and joy, while disobedience brings heartache and pain. I know, I have been on both sides of the fence. If we are to have a fun-filled, happy and joyous life, it is imperative to obey the Commandments of our Father in Heaven, as prescribed in his Torah. Torah observance doesn't suffice for Salvation in Yeshua, but if we have Salvation in Yeshua we WILL follow His Commands. Consider,

Joh 14:15  "If you love me, you will keep my commands; 

When our Messiah spoke these words there was no New Testament written at that time, so what commands was Messiah talking about? They were the commands of Torah! Consider,

Pro 6:23  For the mitzvah is a lamp, Torah is light, and reproofs that discipline are the way to life. 

To me, Torah is light and life, and without it I will suffer and perish. Torah and Yeshua are synonymous. They are like love and marriage, you can't have one without the other! May our Abba bless you today and give you a hunger, thirst and passion for his Messiah and Torah. Have a nice day! Paul.