Torah is the essence of grace. How much more love could be shown by God than to prescribe a prescription of conduct that when followed in your life produces a divine, fertile ground for the bestowing of blessing and the fulfillment of promise.
An important aspect of grace is the act of God to extract you from a situation or condition you’ve created in your life that you now recognize you can’t solve on your own. Torah gives you the solution to wrong behavior and gives you a standard of conduct that when followed, life will go well for you; a living experience of God’s grace.
Apostle John observes that Yeshua, The Word, the Living Torah, came full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Moses articulated the Law, but Yeshua demonstrated the grace and truth of the law.
The Apostle Paul speaks of the Torah as our tutor (paidagogos) (Gal 3:24). Strong’s defines the word paidagogos in the context of the office at that time: a tutor i.e. a guardian and guide of boys. Among the Greeks and the Romans the name was applied to trustworthy slaves who were charged with the duty of supervising the life and morals of boys belonging to the better class. The boys were not allowed so much as to step out of the house without them before arriving at the age of manhood.
Torah then is much more than a tutor by today’s definition, it is a hands-on, around-the-clock guardian. When Yeshua becomes a reality in our life,Torah doesn’t go away. Instead, our relationship then goes from the words on the page to a real time experience with the living Torah. We then have a plumb line from which to appreciate and live the grace of Torah.
In Acts 15:8-11, we read
“So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”
Keeping Torah or not keeping Torah (for lack of knowledge) did not create any difference in coming into relationship with God through Yeshua. I submit however that those who kept Torah before knowing God through Yeshua had a more intimate relationship sooner. Grace does not negate Torah. Grace merely says keeping Torah is not a precondition for coming into relationship with God. But once you experience grace that is outside Torah it should make you all the hungrier to experience the blessing that comes from the grace inherent in knowing God more intimately through Torah.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV):
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Those good works are defined by Torah. Yeshua the living word was, as Apostle John says, in the beginning. God published through Moses and later refined through Yeshua the definition of the good works. God called it the Book of Life and the Ten Commandments. We call it Torah.
May grace and peace abound to you as you experience the blessing of Torah. As an approach look to see Yeshua’s words that are often expressing the heart of a Torah “law.” It is the legality of keeping the law that does harm, not the experience of Spirit-led application of the law. God desires to bless his children, we get the privilege of preparing the soil according to the Master’s guidelines.