Moses gave the Torah to ancient Israel – what we call the first five books of the Bible. Torah means “teaching,” You could also say “doctrine” or “instruction.” Nevertheless, it’s often translated in our English Bibles as “law,” as in “the Law of Moses.” The Torah was the quintessential “word of God” for ancient Israel.
John 1:17 says that the law was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. It also says that “the word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Thus Jesus is the living Torah, the Torah made flesh.
Therefore, if you want to know how to interpret the Old Testament, look to Jesus. His behavior is what the Torah was seeking: selfless devotion to God and others.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.