Maimonides kept going with the Torah on this one. Principle number 9 is:
The Torah Cannot be Changed
Before we jump in, I have to tell you that many Jews believe that Torah has progressed and that a contemporary Jew cannot adhere to the instructions as delivered to Moses. It is a mistake to suggest that Jews believe that keeping the Torah perfectly is how one obtains favor for eternal life.
It is the favorite method of many preachers to proclaim what Jews believe. Why is this? Is there a huge misunderstanding out there, or is something else at play? Sometimes I think it is just convenient to put a face on the contrast we like to portray. Grace - Law. Christians - Jews.
Our family celebrates Torah. The hebrew word can be translated "instructions." We see them as pure and life giving. For a long list of attributes of Torah, read all of Psalm 119.
For the abridged version read Psalm 19.
- To be greatly desired
And The Benefits
- restores the soul
- makes wise
- makes the heart rejoice
- enlightens the eyes (want to chase away depression?)
- endures forever
- receive warning
- great reward
It is not an exhaustive list, but it is enough to help me to embrace what I have been taught to stay away from.
Yahweh’s law is perfect, restoring the soul.
Yahweh’s testimony is sure, making wise the simple.
Yahweh’s precepts are right, rejoicing the heart.
Yahweh’s commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of Yahweh is clean, enduring forever.
Yahweh’s ordinances are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and the extract of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned.
In keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors?
Forgive me from hidden errors. Psalm 19:7-12 WEB
Let us look at the words of the perfect Torah keeping Jew named Jesus (anglicized form of Hebraic Yeshua and Greek Yesus). He spoke this in the famous "Sermon on The Mount."
“Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill. For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished. Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven." Matt 5:17-19
If you are a Christian and your hackles have risen, please consider this:
The men in pointy hats who started to build what we call Christian doctrine took a curiously anti Jewish turn, well, in many points. So they started to proclaim things with statements like, "not as the Jews do" or "unlike the Jewish traditions." This got people thinking they were "turning Jewish" if they observed something in a similar fashion.
Ask yourself, "What is so wrong with BEING JEWISH?"
To borrow from my last chapter, what causes so many to run from the very hint of Jewish stuff, but run to every practice that covertly or overtly is of pagan origin? Sorry, Google, for the long sentence, but... really. Most Christians are fine with their heroes being pagan gods and goddesses, witches, warlocks, sorcerers, etc. They have no problem with Yoga (meaning Yolked) which was expressly crafted as a way to release a serpent spirit in the spine and awaken the mystical auras of power in there. I can go on.
There are things that the Bible says are an abomination and
His Holy Law is not one of them.
Please divide the truth about man made laws and the ones which were written by the hand of Yah. Those are the ones that will be written on our hearts. Have you attempted to do an exorcism on the Torah? I hope not.
If you do these two biblical things,
you will start to see colors come forth from old scriptures that you thought you knew.
Embrace His Torah as perfect
Guard His Torah
Now, I must say that Maimonides was someone who believed that oral law is sacred too. I do not believe that and neither should you. I know, who am I to hand out bold recommendations? The disciples of the Babylonian Talmud (currently orthodox Jews are an example) believe that the Talmud was written after thousands of years of perfect "storytime accounts."
Now I have made a few more people grumpy.
So, as far as this one, I firmly believe Torah cannot change. But I believe that the Pharisees' burdens are not only heavy, they are wrong.
I choose Torah. I have incredible grace in the finished work of the Messiah on the stake/cross. So does Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who were not perfect - just forgiven. Are you forgiven? From what? If you say, "sin," what is sin?
Here is a ministry which celebrates this stuff. They have been making videos for years. Set apart some time to watch this: