Ancient Practice Modern Application

written by: AnnMarie Alva

Early in my study of the Scripture I came across something called the Oral Torah. It was the Oral Torah that was passed through the generations of the Israelite’s before and after the books of the Bible were transcribed. The Hebrew people would teach the oracles of God to the younger generations with such care and diligence that the student could in turn become a teacher. It was this teaching of the law and it’s statutes that shaped the culture of God’s Holy people.

The curiosity has haunted me for years and provoked me to jealousy as another thing that I would never learn, being a gentile. I have many times cried out to God for some kind of clue and recently He has thrown me a bone and responded:

the Oral Torah is discipleship.”

So simple, so clear, so powerful. Here I thought I was lacking some blessing that God has only committed to the Jews and yet, I lacked nothing.

God, in His greatness, has paved the way for the Gentiles to receive the mystery of the gospel through His Son Jesus Christ. And actually, it is this fact that in turn will provoke the Jews to jealously (Romans 11:14.). Furthermore, Christians are commissioned to do the exact same thing:

“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

2 Timothy 2:2

Lastly, Paul writes that the gentile, or “wild olive branch,” can be grafted into the cultivated olive tree which is the Jewish culture rooted in God.  So, as mysterious as the Oral Torah can be to the gentile, by becoming a disciple of Jesus and allowing mature Christians to pour into us, we can gain a deeper understanding of God’s fullness that allows us to become a part of a Holy People.


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