Is Dying To Self Mentioned In Torah?

We see on so many occasions in the Brit Chadashah where we are told to put off the old man, die to self and present our bodies a living sacrifice, and I was wondering where in Torah is this mentioned, or the concept/belief in dying to self.  Our nefesh (mind/soul) is comprised of our 5 senses, our instincts, emotions, our physical desires.

All these things in our natural man seem all well and good BUT to our inner man they pull us away from achieving everything that ABBA wants to do in our lives.

“I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.” Romiyim (Romans) 12:1-2

Here we see that when we lay ourselves upon the altar of sacrifice that we lay our nefesh (mind/soul) down which is our reasonable service of worship unto ABBA.  It helps us not to be conformed to this world as we lay our lives down and die to self.

In all the verses that are referenced below, we see how self-sacrifice and dying to self was instructed and urged by His Governing/Headship as a way to ‘enter in’ to have access through the gate and there we come to ‘The Altar of Sacrifice’ where all of ‘self’ is given back.

“I have been impaled with Messiah, and I no longer live, but Messiah lives in me. And that which I now live in the flesh I live by belief in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatiyim (Galatians) 2:20

“that you put off – with regard to your former behaviour – the old man, being corrupted according to the desires of the deceit, and to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the renewed man which was created according to Elohim, in righteousness and set-apartness of the truth.” Eph`siyim (Ephesians) 4:22-24

“What is more, I even count all to be loss because of the excellence of the knowledge of Messiah יהושע my Master, for whom I have suffered the loss of all, and count them as refuse, in order to gain Messiah,” Pilipiyim (Philippians) 3:8

“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: whoring, uncleanness, passion, evil desire and greed of gain, which is idolatry.” Qolasim (Colossians) 3:5

“And He said to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his stake daily, and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake shall save it.” Luqas (Luke) 9:23-24

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Yoḥanan (John) 12:24

“I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.” Romiyim (Romans) 12:1-2

Dying to self in Torah

Dying to self is addressed in the ‘laws of clean vs. unclean..  the belly and loins must be under His Governing/Headship in order to ‘enter-in’ – have access through the gate.. and there we come to ‘The Altar of Sacrifice’…. where all of ‘self’ is given back.  (The Way portrayed in panorama) All ‘self-awareness’ is generated from ‘the mind/soul’ – which is: instincts, 5 senses, and emotions, at emotions the ‘heart’ becomes involved, as what has been perceived becomes ‘desire’ and our emotions get attached to ‘said object’ as being ‘the source’ of our satisfaction.

Hebrew Concept of Sacrifice

The concept of making certain sacrifices in order to pursue a specific path and direction is nothing new and is as old as the human race. It also transcends barriers of faith and religion. People make sacrifices for a myriad of reasons, including family, career and the like.

“Mesirat Nefesh” מסירת נפש (self-sacrifice) however, is something entirely different.

MEM–SAMEK–YOD–RESH–TAW   NUN–PEH-SHIN

Mesirat Nefesh is the act of sacrificing yourself for the sake of YaHuWaH!

Mesirat Nefesh is where you make a concrete decision to uproot something which has become an intrinsic part of yourself or your lifestyle, in order to move closer to YaHuWaH.  To give over one’s desires to that of the Torah.

For some of us, it takes the form of throwing out the TV. For others, it means installing a filter on a computer or smart phone. Maybe for some, Mesirat Nefesh is more subtle and involves a commitment to abstain for a period of time from reading secular newspapers, magazines and tabloids.

In all instances, any pro-active desire to effect positive spiritual change in our lives can be considered Mesirat Nefesh. Each Hebrew on his or her own individual level is Moser Nefesh (to sit and learn), when they decide to better themselves in any way so that they can walk in ABBA’s instructions, the yashar derek (straight path)!

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