I was reading a post by Peter over at the OMJ blogspot when a comment he had inserted into a quote got my attention. While the post was about John 7 and 8 from a Hebraic perspective, the comment said,
[Peter’s One-Law Note: the Bible compares Torah to light and water. Light because it says “Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet, a Light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). Water because it says “Let my teaching fall like rain”(etc). In John 7:37-39, Yeshua, referencing Isaiah, said “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” The quoted passage (Isaiah 55) says that G-d will also summon foreign nations to these waters of Torah. And Zechariah says that the nations who fail to observe Sukkot will have no rain! The deeper meaning of course is that they can’t have the rain (i.e. teachings of Torah) if they’re not present at Jerusalem to hear the teachings of Torah being taught by the King]
And, it triggered a thought about the metaphors and ‘One Law.’
Those who oppose One Law say that the Jews are responsible for all of the Torah, but only some of it applies to the Gentile. The most radical of those who divide the Law would claim that Gentiles are only responsible for the seven Noahide laws developed by the Rabbis somewhere around 200 BCE.
On this blog, multiple times, we have addresses the fact that Yehovah has one standard of righteousness equally applied to all people. (Yes, there are some specific requirements for women, and priests, etc, but at the end of the day, all mankind will be judged according to one standard of holiness.) So, I find it interesting every time I see another ‘confirmation’ of the indivisibility of the Torah. Peter’s comment prompted exactly that. Consider…
Peter mentions a couple common metaphors for Torah employed by Scripture: light and water. In the comments section where he replies to me he brings up another: bread.
Common to all three is that they are not divisible, or differently applied to different groups. Light is light. It can be hidden, or dimmed, but it is light. Either there is light or there is no light. One cannot have partial light. The same can be said of water and bread. Even the minutest particle is a complete whole. A crumb of bread is still wholly bread and it nourishes all equally. A drop of water or a cup of water, both are completely water and have the exact same properties in the hands of anyone/everyone.
Even the metaphors for Torah point to One Law that is indivisible and equally applied to all.
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Excellent metaphors, Pete! And great points to meditate on during these last few days of Sukkot. Thanks for sharing. 😊