Torah Restoration Ministries

Evangelist Daniel John Lee

And to the angel of the congregation in Philadelphia write -- These things says He that is holy, He that is true, He that has the Key of David, He that opens, and no man shuts, and shuts, and no man opens.  I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept My Word, and have not denied My Name . . ."


The Pastoral Torah


Definition: (adjective) Of or relating to the country or country life; charmingly simple and serene.
Synonyms: arcadian, bucolic, rustic
Usage: His pastoral novel about a village of happy shepherds was considered too sentimental by publishers.

There is a certain pastoral simplicity to the Torah.  After all, the Torah was given to a largely pastoral and agricultural society.  There are numerous aspects of Torah designed for farmers, land use, the planting of crops, fruits trees, etc.  There are laws about oxen and animal labor.  There are laws about not gleaning the corners of ones field (giving).

It is not as if the Torah, in its pastoral simplicty, is difficult to understand or obey.  Placing fringes of blue on the corners of ones garments is not too difficult to do.  Settings aside the 7th day of the week for rest and worship is so simple, a child could do it.  Wearing unmixed clothing is easy.  These commands are straightforward, clear and simple.  It baffles me that Christians would claim the Torah is too difficult to obey; it is the easiest set of commandments to practically implement in one's life.

But in this pastoral simplicity, the carnal mind resists the Torah.  The carnal man desires something more complex, something more "secret".  The kabballah appeals to some because of its promise to bestow "hidden mysteries" upon its followers.  It makes a man feel superior to others.   Islamic law attempts to place a control mechanism upon nations, giving men power.  Buddism and Hinduism promises to allow a man to tap into "secrets" of nature and to become "one with the universe".  New Age religion promises to put one in contact with spirits.  Every other religion appeals to a man's selfishness, pride, lust and hunger for power and control over others.

Even Christianity and Judaism embrace a set of man-made rules in order to create a hierarchical power, giving dominance to a few to control the masses.  This is Satan's way.

In contrast, the Torah is simple, easy to follow, accessible to all, but bestows wisdom from above that can outdo any adherent to any other religion.  David declares that those who follow Torah become wiser than the ancients.  In its simplicity, it makes wise the simple.

Satan and carnal men love to complicate matters.  The simplicity of Torah has no appeal for the sinner.  Come, Christians, repent of your Torahless ways, cast off the burden of pagan christianity, and return to the simplicity of your first love by keeping the ever-simple Torah.