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There are two kinds of “righteousness” revealed in the Torah:

  1. righteousness by faith, as exemplified by Abraham in Gen 15:6

  2. righteousness by obedience to Torah, as commanded by God in Deut 6:25

וְהֶאֱמִן, בַּיהוָה; וַיַּחְשְׁבֶהָ לּוֹ צְדָקָה

And he believed in GOD, and it was counted to him as righteousness (Gen 15:6).

 

וּצְדָקָה, תִּהְיֶה-לָּנוּ: כִּי-נִשְׁמֹר לַעֲשׂוֹת אֶת-כָּל-הַמִּצְוָה הַזֹּאת, לִפְנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ--כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּנוּ

And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do all this commandment before the LORD our

God, as He hath commanded us (Gen 6:25).

Hence there appears to be a problem: righteousness by faith vs. righteousness by works.

A problem to the Greek thinker indeed, as these two concepts are diametrically opposed to each other, hence the theology of Paul vs. James.

No so to the Hebrew thinker, as these are actually the two sides of the same coin.

There are two aspects to the concept of “righteousness” which can be gleaned from analyzing the Hebrew word for righteousness, which is tzedakah צְדָקָה.

Astonishingly, the corresponding letters in the atbash (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atbash) system for tzedakah are the same four letters, which can permute to spell tzedakah, alluding to the two aspects of the same word.

letters

corresponding letters in atbash

צ

ד

ד

צ

ק

ה

ה

ק

 

The New Testament letters confirmed the two “righteousness” from Torah as follows:

  1. Righteousness by faith, as in Paul’s letters

  2. Righteousness by works, as in James’ teaching in James chapter 2

A term known as “works of the law” was often mentioned by Paul in his letters. What does this mean?

Since Paul juxtaposed “works of the law” with “faith in Yeshua HaMashiach” , its obvious meaning would be the lack of faith in Yeshua HaMashiach.

What would be the Hebrew phrase for “faith in Yeshua HaMashiach”?

Since “Abraham believed God” is the epitome of faith, let’s focus on these two words:

וְהֶאֱמִן, בַּיהוָה

It is obvious from this phrase that the first word “v’he-eimin” (and he believed) is the permutation of the 5 letters for faith “emunah” (אֱמוּנָה).

It follows that “faith in Yeshua HaMashiach” in Hebrew would be:

אֱמוּנָה בְּיֵשׁוּע הַמָּשִׁיחַ

Or, in following Abraham’s example, and “he believed in Yeshua HaMashiach”

וְהֶאֱמִן, בְּיֵשׁוּע הַמָּשִׁיחַ

 The gematria for both phrases is 853.

Astonishingly, 853 is the mirror image of 358, which is the gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ, as follows:

358

853

מָּשִׁיחַ

אֱמוּנָה בְּיֵשׁוּע הַמָּשִׁיחַ

Mashiach

Faith in Yeshua HaMashiach

 

The Hebrew word for “works of the law” can be learnt from the “dead sea scrolls”, where the term: Ma’ase haTorah was used.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4QMMT

The Hebrew is:

מַעֲשֵׂי הַתּוֹרָה

 

Even though the term “Maa’se haTorah” never appeared in the Hebrew Bible, The terms מַעֲשֵׂי “ma’ase” has appeared 15 times, meaning “works”.

The “works of the law” obviously means obedience to Torah. Paul in expounding on the “righteousness of the law” in Roman 10:5 quoted a verse from the Hebrew Bible:

That man which doeth those things shall live by them…

אֲשֶׁר יַעֲשֶׂה אֹתָם הָאָדָם וָחַי בָּהֶם:

 

The exact Hebrew for this quotation has appeared exactly 4 times in the Hebrew Bible as an admonition for Torah observance: Lev 19:5, Ezekiel 20:10, 13, 21.

It is obvious that Paul was not teaching doctrines contrary to Torah, which is the subject of rebukes in Ezekiel 20:10, 13, and 21. Rather, Paul was teaching the harmonization of the two concepts: works and faith.

So what is the teaching?

First, faith in Yeshua HaMashiach, this is the works of faith, by which the believers are counted as righteousness, thought no works have been done.

Since it is natural for any new believers to have a zeal for “works of the law”, Paul was therefore focusing on the “works of the faith” to point the new  believers to the right direction.

Obedience in Torah in essence is by faith, for most of the commandments at the superficial level make no logical sense, as no rational human mind would come up with those laws. Hence faith in the Word of God is the prerequisite for any observance.

It follows that works without faith is death, but works by faith is life.

This in essence of the positive side of the “works of the law”, which is by faith, as taught by James in 2:18:…I will show thee my faith by my works.

Amazingly, our gematria analysis points this harmonization back to Yeshua as follows:

 

Hebrew

gematria

Faith – emunah

אֱמוּנָה

102

Works – ma’ase

מַעֲשֵׂי

420

 

 

522

 

522 is exactly the name of Yeshua יֵשׁוּעַ with each 4 letters spelled out in full, thus revealing the latent potential of the name:

letters

fillings

gematria

י

יוד

20

ש

שין

360

ו

וו

12

ע

עין

130

 

 

522

 

In fact, we can give these two phrases another spin:

If we remove the “mem” from “ma’ase” מַעֲשֵׂי , then take the “vav” from “emunah” אֱמוּנָה , the four letters can permute to spell the name of Yeshua  יֵשׁוּעַ.

The remaining letters can permute to spell: Mah Amen מַה אָמֵן, meaning: what is faith, or who is Amen?

And the answer is: Yeshua יֵשׁוּעַ.

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Comment by Mikha El on July 12, 2014 at 11:50am

Thanks Torah Student. I was aware of hidden messages in scripture utilizing the gematria of equidistant letter spacings but not by using the Atbash method.  Ohh, and I also like your comment about Torah observance "not making logical sense, superficially"...

Huh, me???  I'm supposed to plant trees, pray after I eat and not touch some things???

Comment by James Trimm on July 12, 2014 at 6:23pm

What do You Mean... Works the Law?
By
James Scott Trimm



Often when I share with Christians that the Torah is everlasting, for all generations, they respond by saying, "But we are not saved by "works of the law."

The phrase "works of the law" (which is sometimes rendered "deeds of the law" in the KJV) appears only nine times in the New Testament and only in Paul's writings:

Therefore by the deeds of the law
there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:
for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
(Rom. 3:20 KJV)

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith
without the deeds of the law.
(Rom. 3:28 KJV)

Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith,
but as it were by the works of the law.
For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
(Rom. 9:32 KJV)

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law,
but by the faith of Jesus Christ,
even we have believed in Jesus Christ,
that we might be justified by the faith of Christ,
and not by the works of the law:
for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
(Gal. 2:16 KJV)

This only would I learn of you,
Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law,
or by the hearing of faith?
(Gal. 3:2 KJV)

He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit,
and worketh miracles among you,
doeth he it by the works of the law,
or by the hearing of faith?
(Gal. 3:5 KJV)

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse:
for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not
in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
(Gal. 3:10 KJV)

(In Gal. 3:10 the Aramaic has "works because of the law" rather than "works of the law".)

This phrase, "works of the law", is best understood through its usage in Gal. 2:16. Here Paul writes:

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law,
but by the faith of Jesus Christ,
even we have believed in Jesus Christ,
that we might be justified by the faith of Christ,
and not by the works of the law:
for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
(Gal. 2:16 KJV)

If we consider this passage carefully we can see that Paul uses this phrase to describe a false method of justification which is diametrically opposed to "faith in the Messiah". To Paul "works of the law" is not an obsolete Old Testament system, but a heresy that has never been true.

The term "works of the Torah" has shown up as a technical theological term used in a document in the Dead Sea Scrolls called MMT which says:

Now we have written to you some of the
works of the law, those which we determined
would be beneficial for you...
And it will be reckoned to you as righteousness,
in that you have done what is right and good before Him...
(4QMMT (4Q394-399) Section C lines 26b-31)

And that this is an amazing inverse literary parallel to Gal. 2:16; 3:6:

 

Now we have written to you some of the
works of the law, those which we determined
would be beneficial for you...
And it will be reckoned to you as righteousness,
in that you have done what is right and good before Him...
(4QMMT (4Q394-399) Section C lines 26b-31)

 

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Yeshua the Messiah, even we have believed in Yeshua the Messiah, that we might be justified by the faith of Messiah, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified....

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness.

(Gal. 2:16; 3:6)

This heretical doctrine laid out in MMT is based on twenty-four purity regulations about which the Essenes held a stricter halacha than their Pharisaic counterparts, and which they believed would be reckoned to them as righteousness. Apparently Paul’s opponent takes “righteousness/justification” in this passage of MMT to mean “salvation”. Paul however argues that it is faith in Messiah and not these “works of the law” by which we are saved:

When Paul speaks out against "works of the law" it is like a Baptist preacher speaking out against "Latter Day Saints", he does not mean the words according to their literal meaning, he has nothing against "Saints" who live in the "Latter Days" he is using the Mormon's theological technical term to refer to their theology.

There can be no doubt that Paul sees "works of the law" as categorically bad, yet Paul calls the Torah itself "holy, just and good" (Rom. 7:12), certainly Paul does not use these phrases to refer to the Torah itself as obsolete, but to a heresy, a false theology that was never true.

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