Yeshua said “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” What did He mean by I am the way, the truth, and the life? Does Scripture show the way, the truth, and the life? This is a three part series looking at each one of these and how each of these are used throughout Scripture.
The first one: I am the WAY
The word for way in Hebrew is Derech and is Strong’s 1870 meaning several things but for this study: of course of life, direction, way.
The very first usage of derech is in Bereishit (Genesis) 3:24 and says So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep (guard) the way of the Tree of Life.
In Hebrew it says lishmor Alef/Tav derech Etz HaChayim
to keep Alef Tav way tree of life
The Alef/Tav is pointing to the Mashiach – Yeshua. For in Revelation 1:8 were are told in the Greek He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending. In Hebrew the letters Alef/Tav are the beginning and end of the Hebrew alphabet just as alpha and omega are in the Greek. Revelations 1:8 was quoting Isaiah 41:4, 44:6, & 48:12 that He was the first and the last. On a side note the Alef/Tav do not translate to anything in the English, it functions as a direct object marker in the Hebrew (or so it is said). Yet it shows the Mashiach active throughout the Tanakh. For instance, the Alef/Tav is before Jacob’s and Esau’s names until Esau gave his birthright to Jacob. From there forward, all 78 times Esau’s name is used the Alef/Tav does not appear before his name. Another example, Rahab, she is mentioned in Joshua 2:2-3, 6:17 and there is no Alef/Tav. In verse 6:23, she is saved and the Alef/Tav appears before her name. These two examples are showing a covenant relationship with Yeshua the Mashiach (Messiah).
So we are told the Messiah is the way to the tree of life. So what is the Tree of Life? It is the Torah.
Proverbs 3:1 – My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
Provervs 3:18 – She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
Revelation 22:14 – Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Proverbs 11:30 – The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Proverbs 13:12-13 – Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
Revelation 2:7 – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of G-d.
Israel means “one who wrestles/struggles and overcomes”. A true Israelite/Jew (circumcised in the heart) believes that Yeshua is the Messiah and follows Torah. These are the overcomers who are allowed to eat of the tree of life.
Revelation 12:17 – And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of G-d, and have the testimony of Yeshua HaMashiach.
Revelation 14:12 – Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of G-d, and the faith of Yeshua.
So, what is I am the way? Torah.
Exodus 18.20 – And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them THE WAY wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
Deuteronomy 5:31 – 33 – But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it. Ye shall observe to do therefore as the L-rd your G-d hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all THE WAYS which the L-rd your G-d hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
Deuteronomy 8:6 – Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the L-rd thy G-d, to walk in HIS WAYS, and to fear him.
So per Deut. 8:6 keeping the commandments is walking in His ways. Some other verses just in case:
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 – And now, Israel, what doth the L-rd thy G-d require of thee, but to fear the L-rd thy G-d, to walk in all his WAYS, and to love him, and to serve the L-rd thy G-d with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the L-rd, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
Deuteronomy 13:5 – And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the L-rd your G-d, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the WAY which the L-rd thy G-d commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
Deuteronomy 26:16-17 – This day the L-rd thy G-d hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. Thou hast avouched the L-rd this day to be thy G-d, and to walk in his WAYS, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice.
Deuteronomy 30:16 – In that I command thee this day to love the L-rd thy G-d, to walk in his WAYS, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the L-rd thy G-d shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Psalm 119:1 – Blessed are the undefiled in the WAY, who walk in the law of the L-rd.
Isaiah 2:3 – And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the L-rd, to the house of the G-d of Jacob; and he will teach us of his WAYS, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the L-rd from Jerusalem.
Not obeying the commandments is to turn aside out of the way…to go after other gods. The cursed are not keeping His ways.
Deuteronomy 11:28 – And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the L-rd your G-d, but turn aside out of the WAY which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
Deuteronomy 27:18 – Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the WAY. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deuteronomy 31:29 – For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the WAY which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the L-rd, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.
Isaiah 42:24 – Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the L-rd, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his WAYS, neither were they obedient unto his Torah.
Prepare for the way and Yeshua teaches the way:
Matthew 3:3 – For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the WAY of the L-rd, make his paths straight.
Matthew 21:32 – For John came unto you in the WAY of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
Matthew 22:16 – And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the WAY of G-d in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
The way to righteousness is following the commandments;
2 Peter 2:21 – For it had been better for them not to have known the WAY of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
This is not through you own efforts…following the commandments. This is after your heart has been circumcised…you have faith in G-d/Yeshua so He will give you the Spirit to cause you to walk in all His ways.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 – A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
John 14:6 – Yeshua saith unto him, I am the WAY, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.