In Hebrew the word for grace is CHESED and means
mercy, kindness, or faithfulness. Most Christians readily concede that
Yahshua was full of grace, but they forget about the Torah. In the Psalms,
however, David writes:
Psa. 119:29. Remove me from the way of falsehood,
and GIVE ME GRACE WITH YOUR TORAH.
[Verse 64] O Yahweh, Your GRACE
(CHESED) has FILLED THE EARTH; teach me YOUR
[Verse 77] Let your compassions come to me
that I might live, for your Torah is my delight.
So we see that Yahweh's grace or favor or compassion towards us
is actually the giving of the Torah and the Covenant! He gave us instructions
(Torah) to follow because, as Elohim, He knows what is best, and He gave us a
promise that He would be with us so long as we obeyed them. Then, as the
all-merciful Elohim that He is, He included a means of atonement as part of that
Torah, which was the Messiah.
CHESED is actually a split word, in that, depending on
how it is used, it can mean completely contrasting things. Besides mercy and
kindness, it can also mean shame or reproach, and in one instance
(Lev 20:17) it is even translated as "wicked thing".
In Romans 6:1,2 the apostle Shaul (or Paul)
asks: "What then, shall we continue in sin that grace (CHESED) may
abound? Elohim forbid!" His point, from a Hebraic
perspective, is that when grace or mercy is misused as license to sin, it
becomes a shameful or wicked thing.
Now just as grace (or CHESED) is associated with the Torah, so
in the Tanakh, grace (or favor) is accompanied by faith, which is known in
Hebrew as EMUNAH.
Psa. 36:5. Your favor (CHESED), O Yahweh, is in the
heavens; and your faithfulness (EMUNAH) reaches unto the
Psa. 89:2. Your mercy (CHESED) is built up for
ever: You establish Your trustworthiness (EMUNAH) in the
Psa. 92:2. You declare Your mercy (CHESED) in the
morning, and your faithfulness (EMUNAH) each night.
Psa. 100:5. For Yahweh is good; His favor (CHESED)
is everlasting; and His faithfulness (EMUNAH) endures to all
Psa. 98:3. He has remembered his favor (CHESED) and
His faithfulness (EMUNAH) toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth
have seen the salvation of our Elohim.
This association between favor, faith, and salvation is also
mentioned by the apostle Shaul in:
Eph. 2:8. For by favor you have been saved, through
faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Elohim.
Rom. 3:25b. For in his forbearance, Elohim passed
over the sins that had taken place before,  to demonstrate at the present
time His righteousness, that He is righteous and justifies (or declares right)
the one who believes (the words of) Yahshua.
The Naves Topical Bible states that:
"In the Old Testament (KJV), the word 'faith' in
the sense of belief occurs only five times. Faith (however) is also communicated
by words such as 'believe', 'fear', 'hope', 'LOVE', and 'trust'. Faith is seen
in the examples of the servants of (Elohim) who committed their lives to him in
unwavering trust and obedience. 'Old Testament' faith is never mere assent to a
set of doctrines or outward acceptance of the law, but absolute confidence in
the faithfulness of (Elohim) and a loving obedience to His
Faith is the result of genuine love, and Yahshua says in:
Jhn. 14:15. If you love Me, you shall guard My
Jhn. 15:10. If you guard My commands, you shall
stay in My love, even as I have guarded My Father's commands and stay in His
love....  This is My command, that you love one another, as I have loved
Accordingly, Shaul (or Paul) says in:
Rom. 13:10. Love does no evil to a neighbor.
Therefore love fulfills (the requirements of) the
As we notice in Hebrews chapter eleven, it was by faith that
the patriarchs obtained witness (Heb. 11:2), and in
every instance their faith was accompanied by action - by loving obedience to
Heb. 11:4. By faith, Abel offered to Elohim a
greater sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was
righteous, Elohim witnessing of his gifts. And through it, having died, he still
[Vs. 5] By faith, Enoch was translated so as not to
see death, "and was not found because Elohim had translated him." For before his
translation he obtained witness, that he pleased Elohim.  But without faith
it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to Elohim has to believe that
He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek
[Vs. 7] By faith, Noah, having been warned of what
was yet unseen, having feared, prepared an ark to save his house, through which
he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according
[Vs. 8] By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called
to go out to the place which he was about to receive as an inheritance. And he
went out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith, he sojourned in the land
of promise as a stranger, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with
him of the same promise,  for he was looking for the city having
foundations, whose builder and maker is Elohim.  By faith also, Sarah
herself was enabled to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the
normal age, because she deemed Him trustworthy who had promised.  And so
from one, and him as good as dead, were born as numerous as the stars of the
heaven, as countless as the sand which is by the seashore.....
[Vs. 17] By faith, Abraham, when he was tried,
offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only
brought-forth son,  of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be
called,"  reckoning that Elohim was able to raise, even from the dead, from
which he received him back, as a type.
[Vs. 23] By faith, Moses, having been born, was
hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a comely child, and
were not afraid of the sovereign's command.  By faith, Moses, having become
great, refused to be called the son of the daughter of Pharaoh,  choosing
rather to be afflicted with the people of Elohim than to enjoy the pleasures of
sin for a time,  deeming the reproach of Messiah greater riches than the
treasures in Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.  By faith, he left
Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the sovereign, for he was steadfast, as seeing
Him who is invisible.  By faith, he performed the Passover and the
sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the first-born should touch
[Vs. 29] By faith, they passed through the Red Sea
as by dry land, and when the Egyptians tried it, they were drowned.  By
faith, the walls of Jericho fell, having been surrounded for seven days.  By
faith, Rahab the whore did not perish with those who did not believe, having
received the spies with peace.
[Vs. 32] And what more shall I say? For the time
would fail me to relate of Gideon and Baraq and Samson and Jepthah, also of
David and Samuel and the prophets,  who through their faith (or belief),
overcame reigns, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of
lions,  quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of
weakness were made strong, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to
flight.  Women received back their dead by resurrection. And others were
tortured, not accepting release, to obtain a better resurrection.  And
others had trial of mockings and floggings and more, of chains and imprisonment.
 They were stoned, they were tried, they were sawn in two, they were slain
with the sword. They went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being in need,
afflicted, mistreated,  of whom the world was not worthy - wandering in
deserts and mountains and caves and holes of the earth.  And having obtained
witness through faith, all these did not receive the promises  Elohim having
provided what is better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from
In NO INSTANCE did the patriarchs demonstrate faith (or belief)
by sitting back and doing nothing. In EVERY INSTANCE their faith and its results
involved either action, sacrifice, or pleasing Yahweh by obeying His commands.
Yet when it comes to the apostolic writings, commentators change their tune,
stating that "faith has both an active and a passive sense in the
Bible." Notwithstanding what the commentators may say,
the apostle Shaul (or Paul) confirms in Romans chapters two and three that there
is no such thing as a "passive faith" in the Scriptures.
Rom. 2:12. For as many as sinned without Torah
shall also perish without Torah, and as many as sinned in the Torah shall be
judged by the Torah.  For not the hearers of the Torah are just in the sight
of Elohim, but the doers of the Torah shall be justified.
Rom. 3:27. Where then is the boasting? It is shut
out. By what Torah? Of works? No, but by the Torah of belief (or faith). 
Therefore we conclude that it is by belief that a man is justified and not by
the works of the law.
In these verses Shaul states that:
1) Hearing the Torah does not justify us.
2) The doers of the Torah shall be justified.
3) We are not justified by works.
4) We are justified by faith.
This can only mean one of two things. Either 1) Shaul is
hopelessly confused and contradicting himself or 2) faith is an integral part of
the Torah, and a prerequisite to truly keeping the Father's commands.
Rom. 14:23. He who doubts...is condemned, because
(doubting) is not of faith, and all that is not of faith (or belief) is
What Shaul in fact teaches is that just doing good works does
not save us, but at the same time, true faith produces visual results in the
form of obedience.
In the Psalms David says:
Psa. 96:13. Yahweh cometh....to judge the earth: He
shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth
Psa. 119:30. I have chosen the way of faith
(EMUNAH): thy judgments have I laid before my eyes.
Psa. 119:86. All thy commands are faith (EMUNAH):
they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
Solomon also states in:
Prov. 12:17. He that professes faith (EMUNAH)
sheweth forth righteousness.
Finally the apostle Shaul asks in:
Rom. 3:31. Do we then render the Torah void through
our faith (EMUNAH)? May it never be! To the contrary, we establish the
The Greek word translated "void" is KATARGEO and means:
1) to render idle, unemployed, inactivate, or
a) to cause a person or thing to have no further
b) to deprive of force, influence, or
2) to cause to cease, to put an end to, to do away
with, to annul, to abolish
a) to cease, to pass away, to be done
b) to be severed from, to be separated from, to be
discharged from, to be loosed from anyone
The Greek verb translated "establish" is HISTEMI and means:
1) a) to cause or make to stand
b) to make firm, to fix, to
1) to cause a person or a thing to keep his or its
2) to establish a thing, to cause it to stand, to
uphold or sustain the authority of force of a thing
Therefore rather than teaching against the Torah in this
passage or rendering it obsolete, Shaul actually teaches that faith is what
causes the Torah to be in continued force and existence!
Matt. 23:23. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! Because you.....have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah:
the judgment, and the compassion, and the FAITH (EMUNAH). These need to have
been done without neglecting the others.
Gal. 3:10. For as many as are out of (or apart
from) the works of the Torah are under the curse. For it has been
Deut. 27:26. Cursed is he that continues not in all
the words (or commands) of this Torah to do them. And all the people shall
The Torah is comprised of two things: commands and continuity.
Fulfilling the Torah, in turn, requires faith in the one who gives the commands
and loving obedience to His will.
Acts 14:22. (And Shaul) strengthened the beings of
the disciples, encouraging them to CONTINUE in the faith, and that through many
pressures we have to enter the reign of Elohim.
The Greek word translated "faith" is PISTIS and means
"faithfulness, belief, (or) trust, with an implication that actions
based on that trust will follow; 'The faith' refers to...(both) belief and
Heb. 10:38. But the just shall live by his faith,
but if anyone draws back, my being has no pleasure in
In this verse Shaul is quoting the words of Habbakuk's prophecy
concerning the man of sin (or lawlessness) and the end times.
Hab. 2:4. Behold, his soul is defiant (or
rebellious); it is not upright in him: but the TZADDIK (righteous person) shall
live through his EMUNAH (faith).
EMUNAH means "faithfulness, steadiness, trustworthiness";
"firmness, fidelity (or) steadfastness."
Isaiah 7:9b. But if you do not believe (or have
faith), you are not steadfast.
Steadfastness in what? Again the apostle Shaul provides the
Acts 2:42. And they continued steadfastly in the
teaching of the emissaries, and in the breaking of bread, and in the
What was the teaching of the emissaries?
Acts 24:14. And this I confess to you, that
according to the Way which they call a sect (i.e. the Nazarenes), so I worship
the Elohim of my fathers, believing all that has been written in the Torah and
in the Prophets.
Acts 28:23. And having appointed him a day, many
came to (Shaul) where he was staying, to whom he was explaining, earnestly
witnessing about the reign of Elohim, and persuading them concerning Yahshua
from both the Torah of Mosheh and the prophets from morning until
Acts 17:11. And (the Bereans) received the word
with great eagerness, and searched the (Tanakh or "Old Testament") Scriptures
daily, to see if (the teachings of the apostles) were
In the course of the last 1,700 years, Christianity has
abandoned the Berean's practice of proving doctrine by the Tanakh, and wandered
far from the original Hebraic understanding of faith as exemplified by actions -
the type of faith spoken of by Shaul in Philippians chapter two.
Phlp. 2:12. As you always OBEYED.....WORK OUT YOUR
OWN SALVATION with fear and trembling.
Work out our own salvation with fear and trembling at what? The
answer is found in:
Isa. 66:2. All these My hand has made, and all
these that exist - declares Yahweh - Yet to such a one do I look: on him who is
poor and bruised of spirit, and who trembles at My Word (the
Christianity, however, has embraced the Greek-Platonic mindset
which defines "faith" as "thought", and thereby assumes one to be "saved" if
they merely think a thing to be true. This is the very type of pseudo-faith
which Mosheh (Moses) warned the children of Israel against in Deuteronomy
Deut. 32:4. Yahweh is the Rock; His work is
perfect: for all His ways are judgment: an Elohim of FAITH (EMUNAH) and without
unrighteousness, righteous and straight is He.  A twisted and crooked
generation has corrupted itself, Their mark is not the mark of his
In the verses which follow, Mosheh (Moses) recalls Israel's
frowardness and their lack of faith or steadfastness, as exemplified in their
refusal to follow Yahweh's commands.
[Verse 15] But Yeshurun grew fat and kicked.... so
he forsook Eloah who made him, and scorned the Rock of his salvation.  They
moved Him to jealousy with foreign matters, and with abominations they provoked
Him.  They slaughtered to demons - not Eloah - mighty ones they did not
know, new ones which have sprung up lately, which your fathers did not fear.
 They neglected the Rock who brought them forth, and forgot the El who
fathered them....  And He will say, "I will hide My face from them, and see
what their end shall be -- for they are a froward generation, children in whom
there is NO FAITH (EMUNAH)."
This type of pseudo-faith (or more correctly, FAITHLESSness!)
was also warned against on numerous occasions by the disciples of the early
2 Hermas 10:3b. Those who never sought out the
truth, nor inquired concerning the majesty of Elohim, but only believed (or "had
faith"; i.e. thought a thing to be true) are involved in the affairs of the
heathen.  And there is another lying prophet that destroys the minds of the
servants of Elohim; that is of those who are doubtful, nor of those that fully
trust in Yahweh. Now these doubtful persons come to him, as to a divine spirit,
and inquire of him what shall befall them.  And this lying prophet having no
power in him of the divine Spirit, answers them according to their demands, and
fills their souls with promises according as they desire. Howbeit that prophet
is vain, and answers vain things to those who are themselves vain.  And
whatsoever is asked of him by vain men, he answers them vainly. Nevertheless, he
speaketh some things truly. For the devil fills him with his spirit, that he may
overthrow some of the righteous.  Whosoever therefore are strong in the faith
of Yahweh and have put on the truth, they are not joined to such spirits, but
depart from them. But they that are doubtful, and often repenting (and sinning)
like the heathens, consult them, and heap up to themselves great sin, serving
The only means of recourse, as outlined by Ya'aqob (or James)
is to return to Yahweh and demonstrate true faith and love towards our
Bridegroom by obeying His commands.
Jam. 2:14. My brothers, what use is it for anyone
to say he has faith but does not have works? This faith is unable to save him.
 ...Faith, if it does not have works, is in itself dead.  But someone
might say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faithfulness without
your works, and I shall show you my faithfulness by my works.  You believe
that Elohim is one. You do well. The demons also believe - and shudder!  But
do you know, O foolish man, that the belief without the works is dead?  Was
not Abraham our father declared right by works when he offered Isaac his son on
the altar?  Do you see that the faith was working with his works, and by the
works the faith was perfected?  And the Scripture was filled which says,
"Abraham believed Elohim, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness." And He
was called "Elohim's friend...."  For as the body without the spirit is
dead, so also faith (or belief) is dead without the works.
1Tim. 1:5. Now the goal of this command is love
from a clean heart, from a good conscience and a sincere faith.....  And we
know that the Torah is good if one uses it legitimately....  Having faith
and a good conscience (resulting from obedience), which some have thrust aside
and suffered shipwreck concerning their faith.
Rom. 10:6. The righteousness of faith speaks in
this way:  "The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, to do it"
(Deut 30:14). That is the word of faith which we are proclaiming....  For
with the heart one believes (or is faithful) unto righteousness (obedience), and
one confesses with the mouth, and so is