The written Torah totally ruled out any imagined divine Oral Law
Both Israeli Orthodox religious and secular Jews have been greatly deceived by forsaking full attention to God’s divine Written Word given by God to Moses at Mount Sinai; they believe God also gave Moses a divine Oral Law, which can’t be proven from any Scriptures. Orthodox religious Jews have placed a major focus on a supposed Rabbinical Talmud and Mishna Oral Law, which is not from God!
This has become very great Idolatry that has blinded religious Jews, so they are not able to see Yeshua as their Messiah in the more than 225 Torah and Tanakh Messianic Scripture prophesies. This Oral Law tradition is definitely a very great deception. The Oral Law can easily be proven incorrect by doing a thorough study of God’s Written Word found in both the Torah and in the Tanakh!
It would have been a lot more honest to have said that the Oral Law, or Talmud, is really oral traditions: customs, teachings, opinions of the Jewish sages, leaders, and scholars handed down from mouth to mouth throughout the centuries. These were first written down around the late 200 C.E. by Rabbi Judah Hanasi as the Mishna. These were not something given to Moses by God at Mount Sinai as teachings separate from the written Word. It may be fair to say that this was done to make sure that our Jewish people would not be able to see Yeshua as their true Messiah prophesied in the Holy Scriptures, since these were written 200 years after Yeshua had come to earth, dying as our Savior for the sins of our Jewish people.
20 Scriptures that forbid an oral Torah from God’s Written Words
12 of these Scriptures were written down by Moses from God …
Exodus 24:3-4 So Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the LORD has said we will do.” And Moses wrote (down) all the Words of the LORD …
Exodus 34:27 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write these Words, for in accordance with these Words I have made a Covenant with you and with Israel.”
Deuteronomy 4:2 “You shall not add to the Word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the Commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
Deuteronomy 8:2-3 “And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every Word (the written Word) that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD!”
Deuteronomy 12:26-28,32 “Only the holy things which you have, and your vowed offerings, you shall take and go to the place which the LORD chooses. And you shall offer your burnt offerings, the meat and the blood, on the altar of the LORD your God; and the blood of your sacrifices shall be poured out on the altar of the LORD your God, and you shall eat the meat. Observe and obey all these (written) Words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.” “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it!”
Deuteronomy 17:18-20 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this Torah in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this Torah and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2,15 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His Commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God… But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His Commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:”
Deuteronomy 28:58-61 “If you do not carefully observe all the Words of this Torah that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the LORD your GOD, then the LORD will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues … prolonged plagues… prolonged sicknesses. Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. Also every sickness and every plague which is not written in this Book of the Torah, will the LORD bring upon you until you are destroyed.”
Deuteronomy 30:8-20 “And you will again obey the voice of the LORD and do all His Commandments which I command you today. The LORD your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the LORD will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His Commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His Commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose Life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your Life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
Deuteronomy 31:10-13 And Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, at the appointed time in the year of release, at the Feast of Tabernacles, when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, you shall read this Torah before all Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the LORD your God and carefully observe all the Words of this Torah, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God as long as you live in the land which you cross the Jordan to possess.”
Deuteronomy 31:24-29 So it was, when Moses had completed writing the Words of this Torah in a Book, when they were finished, that Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, “Take this Book of the Torah, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there as a witness against you; for I know your rebellion and your stiff neck. If today, while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against the LORD, then how much more after my death? Gather to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak theseWords in their hearing and call heaven and earth to witness against them. For I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.”
Deuteronomy 32:43-47 “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide Atonement for His land and His people (through Messiah).” So Moses came with Joshua the son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people. Moses finished speaking all these words to all Israel, and he said to them, “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your sons to be careful to obey all the Words of this (written) Torah. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this Word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.”
Joshua 1:1-2,8 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying, “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, the children of Israel… This Book of the Torah shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Joshua 8:34-35 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law. There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, with the women, the little ones, and the strangers who were living among them. [Joshua read all the words of God in the written Torah of Moses to the people; for no oral Torah existed.]
Joshua 23:6 Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left …
Proverbs 30:6 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar!
Isaiah 59:21 “As for Me,” says the LORD, “this is My Covenant with them. My Spirit who is upon you, and My (written) Words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the LORD, “from this time and forevermore.”
An event in king David’s life also proved there was no Oral Law … King David lived around 1000 BC
1 Chronicles 15:13-15 “For because you did not do it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order.” So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel. And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders, by its poles, as Moses had commanded according to the (written) Word of the LORD.
400 years later a major historical discovery happened in Jerusalem which again also proved that there was no such thing as an Oral Law!
King Josiah lived from 640 BC to 610 BC (around 620 B.C.)
The high priest Hilkiah found the Book of the Law in the House of God, which king Josiah than had read to all the people …
This proved that the Aaronic priests had no Oral Law!
2 Kings 22:3 Now it came to pass, in the eighteenth year of King Josiah …
2 Kings 22:8-13 Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. So Shaphan the scribe went to the king, bringing the king word, saying, “Your servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of those who do the work, who oversee the house of the LORD.” Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the (high) priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. Now it happened, when the king heard the Words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes. Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Michaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying, “Go, inquire of the LORD for me, for the people and for all Judah, concerning the Words of this Book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the LORD that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the Words of this Book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”
2 Kings 23:1-3 Now the king (Josiah) sent them to gather all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem to him. The king went up to the house of the LORD with all the men of Judah, and with him all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great. And he read in their hearing all the Words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the LORD. Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to follow the LORD and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the Words of this Covenant that were written in this Book. And all the people took a stand for the Covenant.
Nehemiah 8:1-10 Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Torah of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Torah before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. (Fifth Feast of the LORD in Leviticus 23:24, 25) Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Torah. And Ezra opened the Book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. Then all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. Also Yeshua (the priest) … and the Levites, helped the people to understand the Torah; and the people stood in their place. So they read distinctly from the Book, in the Torah of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God (the Fifth Feast of Leviticus 23:2, 25); do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the Words of the Torah. Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the Joy of the LORD is your Strength.”
In Nehemiah 8:1-10 we see many important things: that there was no Oral Torah being used, and that the religious corruption of the Word of God of Moses had not yet begun when priest Ezra came back from exile in Babylon, for the 7th month was called just that, the 7th month, without a name, for later it was corrupted by the religious Orthodox Jews, who called the seventh month by the name Tishri, the Babylonian name for Babylon’s 7th month. Also the first day of the seventh month was the date that God had announced for God’s fifth Feast of the LORD in Leviticus 23:23, 24. That is why Ezra and the other leaders said this day was holy to the LORD.
Later Orthodox religious Jews changed the name of this feast of the 1st day of the 7th month from God’s name gave it, Zichron Teruah (and Yom Teruah) to Rosh Ha Shanah and the Jewish New Years, named after the Babylonian New Years day on the first day of their seventh month. And this corrupted both God’s month and also God’s holy fifth Feast. This was also in direct violation of God’s Word in Exodus 12:2, which said the first day of the first month, the month of Passover, would be Israel’s New Years.
These 20 Scriptures prove the written Torah was all that Israel had, and all that Israel was commanded by God to obey! God never gave Moses a separate divine Oral Torah at Mount Sinai, or anywhere else!
Many great deceptions have come into Judaism through the Orthodox religious Jews. Their greatest deception is their non divine Oral Torah, which has opened up their souls to great idolatry, and also to many other forms of deception. Their Oral Law has blinded Israel and caused their Greatest Sin of not seeing that their own God became their Messiah and Savior, and saved them from all of their sins. Their true Messiah is Yeshua, who was prophesied in over 225 Scripture locations in the Hebrew Holy Scriptures, throughout the Torah and the whole Tanakh.
God loves the Orthodox religious Jews, and He wants them to know Yeshua as their Messiah and Savior who died for all their sins, in order to give them His Eternal Salvation.