Question: What is a Torah Observant Christian?
I think the easiest way to explain what a Torah observant Christian is to define each of the words in the name. Let’s start with the word Christian.
What is a Christian?
A Christian is a follower/believer in Jesus Christ. The word Christian actually means little Christ, or like Christ. Christ means Messiah. Jesus, also known as Yeshua in Hebrew, was a man who lived, died, and rose from the dead over 2000 years ago. The story of his birth, life, death, and resurrection is told in the Bible. The first four books of the New Testament are called Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and they are the story of Yeshua’s life told by four different men. Christians are people who believe that this man, Yeshua was the promised Messiah of the God of Israel, YHVH.
A Christian is someone who accepts that Yeshua (Jesus) is the promised Messiah (Savior) and that He lived a sinless life and died and rose again to prove He conquered sin and death. Sin is anything we think, say, or do that breaks God’s law. Sin separates us from God. A Christian believes that through the sacrificial death of Yeshua our sins were paid for. A Christian believes that all people are sinners and can only be saved from the penalty of death, eternal separation from God, through the sacrificial blood of Yeshua. A Christian is someone whom once they admit they are a sinner, and accept the gift of God’s gracious forgiveness, then committees to live their life to glorify Yeshua. A true Christian turns from their life of sin to a life of obedience to YHVH.
The Torah is the name of the first five books of the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The word Torah means law, instruction, teaching, Word, writings, and/or commands. The first five books of the Bible are made up of all the instructions YHVH (God) gave to His people, the Israelites. These instructions were given to them to bless them, benefit them, and guide them in the Way of YHVH.
The word observant can mean different things, but in this situation it is best defined as to see or recognize something as beneficial and blessed and set apart by YHVH, and therefore to keep that thing set apart in one’s life and home.
A Torah Observant Christian therefore is a Christian, a believer and follower of Yeshua Messiah, that believes that the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, have blessed, beneficial, and sacred instructions for life and therefore apply those instructions to their own life and homes as best they can in this day and culture. There are only four really obvious differences between most evangelical Christian and most Torah Observant Christians. Most Torah observant Christians keep Saturday, the Sabbath day, set apart and often worship on this day instead of Sunday, and they try not to work or cause others to work on it. Most Torah Observant Christians celebrate the Biblical feasts for their holidays, as found in Leviticus 23. Most Torah observant Christians don’t eat pork or shellfish or any of the other unclean animals listed in Leviticus 11. Lastly, many Torah Observant Christians wear tzit tzit on their clothes as reminder to walk in the Ways of YHVH, as commanded in Numbers 15.
A Torah observant Christian is a person who knows that they are a sinner saved by the gracious love of the Savior (Messiah) Yeshua, through His sacrificial death. They are a Christian who knows they do not deserve the forgiveness of a Savior. They love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and choose to walk out their faith in fear and trembling every day, until their Lord and Savior returns.