Lately I've been really, really wondering about the place Torah has in our lives. Jews say follow it, Christians say don't follow it. I'm not Jewish but the mainstream Christian belief that keeping God's law makes you sinful and on your way to "hell" is absurd! I understand where they get the idea, I always considered myself one of them, but it doesn't take much study to see that there's WAY more to the story than "Jesus fulfilled everything so now we do nothing. As a matter of fact, if you do anything, you're evil and sinful."
Anyway, all the study led me to studying covenants, something i don't know much about in my normal American life. I only knew of the two, the Old Testament (Covenant) and the New Testament (Covenant). I didn't even know there was a dispute about "Old" and "New"! I found this site that's helping:
MESSIAH REVEALED - a BraveNet.com hosted site by a guy named Jeremy Springfield
This site has a 4 part study on The 7 Covenants in scripture that's been helpful. It seems to involve a bit of reaching for some of his points and references to Hebrew number values that i'm not real sure of. BUT that's okay, the overall information is easy enough to check out. I tried looking up some words in Strong's Concordance, some things i was able to verify, some I wasn't. But don't take that as him being wrong necessarily, you have to know what you're doing and i often don't!
I printed out the four parts of the study after editing it down to make it more feasible to use that much ink and paper. Sitting at the computer the whole time to read it doesn't work for me, I need to get up and move. I don't think these studies from his site are available in print, i'll have to check. But I'm about halfway through again (I had to sit and read a lot to edit it, but i want to have the pages available to take to the library with me, to reread while i wait places, things like that.) After I've read the study thoroughly, i want to read through the Bible again and see if it all pans out, makes sense of things that haven't before. Every little bit helps.
By the way, this study finally gave me a point of view on the whole idea of circumcision. That always seemed so bizarre, WHO came up with that idea?! I haven't studied the actual history of the practice, so i don't know if it started with Abraham, i need to check. But this guy's study actually showed something that made serious sense!