Is the Orthodox Jewish Oral Torah (Law) really from God?

The following 16 Scriptures from the Torah (five books of Moses) and the Tanakh (the other books of the Jewish Holy Scriptures) prove by God’s written Words that God never gave to Moses at Mount Sinai or anywhere else a separate divine oral Torah, a set of instructions different from God’s written Words. Because to have done so would have been in direct violation of God’s written and unbreakable Words given to Moses at Mount Sinai.

There were never two separate Torah’s given by God to Moses at Mount Sinai, one a divine written Torah and the other a divine oral Torah, as the  Orthodox religious Jews have taught for almost 2000 years. For the words of the Torah written down by Moses specifically forbid any separate oral Torah. This can easily be proven by just reading God’s commands given repeatedly by Moses and by other prophets in the written Word of Scripture.

Oral traditions were the customs, teachings and opinions of the Jewish rabbi’s and sages and scholars handed down throughout the centuries. These were first written down around the late 200 C.E. by Rabbi Judah Hanasi as the Talmud and the Mishna (the oral Torah). It would have been a lot more honest to never have said that these Oral traditions came from Moses.

Exodus 24:3 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.” 24:4 And Moses wrote (down) all the Words of the LORD.

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 (written Word) that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD!” 

Deuteronomy 12:26  “Only the holy things which you have, and your vowed offerings, you shall take and go to the place which the LORD chooses. 12:27 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.  12:28 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.” 12:32  “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it!”

Deuteronomy 28:1 “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. 28:2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: 28:15 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 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, 28:59 then the LORD will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues, great and prolonged plagues, and serious and prolonged sicknesses. 28:60  Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. 28:61 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 “And you will again obey the voice of the LORD and do all His commandments which I command you today. 30:9 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, 30:10 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 Torah, and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 30:11 For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. 30:12 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?’ 30:13 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?’ 30:14 But the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. 30:15 See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 30:16 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. 30:17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, 30:18 I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; 30:19 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; 30:20 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 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 Succoth (Tabernacles), 31:11 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. 31:12 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, 31:13 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.” 

Joshua 1:1 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, 1:2 “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. 1:8 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 And afterward he read all the words of the Torah, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written in the Book of the Torah.  8:35 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 from the written Torah of Moses to the people; for no Oral Torah existed then.]

Joshua 23:6 Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Torah 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 on 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 never an oral Torah! 

King David lived around 1000 BC

1 Chronicles 15:13 “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.” 15:14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel. 15:15 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 proved that there was no such thing as an oral Torah!

King Josiah lived from 640 BC – 610 BC (around 620 B.C.)

The high priest Hilkiah found the Book of the Torah in the House of God, which king Josiah than had read to all the people. This again proved that the Aaronic priests had no such thing as an oral Torah!

2 Kings 22:3 Now it came to pass, in the eighteenth year of king Josiah … 2 Kings 22:8 Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Torah in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the Book to Shaphan, and he read it. 22:9 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.” 22:10 Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the (high) priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. 22:11 Now it happened, when the king heard the Words of the Book of the Torah, that he tore his clothes. 22:12 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, 22:13 “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 Now the king (Josiah) sent them to gather all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem to him. 2 Kings 23:2 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. 23:3 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.

Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (of My Word). Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the Torah of your God, I also will forget your children.”

The Orthodox Jews believe that a divine oral Torah was given by God to Moses at Mount Sinai. This is based on the following two Torah Scriptures: 

Exodus 18:15-20 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.” So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you. Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do.” (Also read the rest of Exodus 18:21-26, about those men that would help Moses to judge the smaller issues, so Moses would only judge the major more serious cases.)

Numbers 11:17 “Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.”

The oral Torah, handed down from generation to generation by the Jewish sages and scholars is called the Talmud and Mishna. It has become of great importance to the whole Orthodox religious Jewish community. This has become a major source of great idolatry for so many of our Jewish religious people who believe in the God of Israel, for it has blocked them from really knowing their God in a personal way, blinding them from the Truth of God. 

A New Covenant!

It is of great importance to understand the reason why God announced to Israel and to Judah out of great love and mercy why God had chosen to make a New Covenant with Israel. God said this was because the people of Israel had broken God’s Covenant made with God at Mount Sinai. [We know this was also done by the Aaronic priests, since this is seen in Hosea 4:6 and in Malachi 2:8. We also know that this was done by the Orthodox rabbinical religious Jews, who have put their major emphasis of study in their oral Torah, perhaps in preference over the written Word of God.]

Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 31:32 not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My Covenant which they broke (made at Mount Sinai), though I was a Master to them, says the LORD. 31:33 But this is the Covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My Torah in their minds, and write (My words) it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 31:34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” 

This New Covenant had to be ratified with blood, just as God’s first Covenant given to Israel at Mount Sinai was ratified with blood by Moses. See Exodus 24:6-8  But whose blood was used to ratify the New Covenant, since this Covenant was to be very different from the one made at Mount Sinai? For it was announced ahead of time that not only would God’s Torah now be written internally, putting this Torah on our mind and also writing it on our heart, but also that our iniquities would now be forgiven, and our sins would now be remembered no more.

Whose Blood would be able to Atone for the Torah being put inside of us, and all our sins being forgiven? Only sinless Blood. This New Covenant was ratified by God using the sinless Blood of God’s Son Yeshua, the only begotten Son of God, the Lamb of God, as God had repeatedly prophesied this to us in His Word! Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said (to his son Isaac), “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” 

Yeshua’s sinless Blood was the price paid by God for the sins of all humanity! God had prophesied about His Son being our Messiah and Savior in more than 225 Messianic Scriptures in both the Torah and also in the Tanakh. That His Son would die on a tree (Deuteronomy 21:22, 23) taking our place for all of our sins. Read about God’s Son, the Righteous Servant. Especially read Isaiah 53:1-12; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Isaiah 7:13, 14; Jeremiah 33:14-24; Zechariah 12:10, and many other places.

Read these 12 Scripture Prophecies about the Messiah of Israel from the Torah and the Tanakh.

Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, 18:18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My Words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 18:19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My Words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.”

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. And the Government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful (Miracle), Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 9:7 Of the increase of His Government and Peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with Judgment and Justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 7:13 Then he said, “Hear now, O House of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign, Behold, the virgin (alma) shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanu El (God is with us)!” 

Yeshua had to be born from the virgin in order for His Blood to be without sin, so that His Blood would qualify as the Atonement of the sins of all mankind.

Isaiah 52:6  “Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks, ‘Behold, it is I!’ ” 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him who brings Good News (the Gospel), who proclaims Peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims Yeshua, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 

Our Messiah and Savior’s wonderful name is Yeshua!

 Isaiah 52:13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be Exalted and Extolled and be very high. 52:14 Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men; 52:15 So shall He sprinkle many nations (with His Blood).  Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; for what had not been told them they shall see, and what they had not heard they shall consider.

Isaiah 53:1-12 

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the Arm of the LORD been revealed? 53:2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness. And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes (Blood) we are healed. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  53:7  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.  53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked, but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.  53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him. He has put Him to grief.  When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.  53:11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My Righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.  53:12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of Grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”

Daniel 7:13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. 7:14 Then to Him was given Dominion and Glory and a Kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His Dominion is an Everlasting Dominion, which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.” 

Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? 

Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know? 

Isaiah 48:16 “Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit have sent Me.” 

Daniel 3:24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 3:25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” 

Genesis 49:24 … and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob. From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel. 

The word stone in Hebrew is aven, which is av (father) + ben (son). 

Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to proclaim good tidings to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 61:2 to proclaim the acceptable Year of the LORD, and the Day of Vengeance of our God (the Day of God’s Wrath); to comfort all who mourn 61:3 to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”

Author’s Conclusions

Many great deceptions have come into Judaism through the Orthodox religious Jews. Their greatest deception to Judaism has been their belief in a non existent divine oral Law, which has opened up so many Jewish souls to great idolatry, and also to many other forms of deception. The oral Law has blinded Israel, causing their Greatest Sin of all of not being able to read in their own Scriptures and see that the God of Israel became their Messiah and Savior, who saved them from all of their sins, by dying in their place on a Roman cross in Jerusalem.  Israel’s true Messiah is Yeshua, who was prophesied in over 225 Scriptures in the Hebrew Holy Scriptures before Yeshua ever came to earth. This Truth can be easily be found throughout the Torah and the whole Tanakh.   

More Scriptures about Israel leaving God’s Holy Written Word, which is why God, out of His great Mercy gave Israel a New Covenant

Malachi 2:7 “For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, and people should seek the Torah from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 2:8 But you have departed from the way; you have caused many to stumble at the Torah. You have corrupted the Covenant of Levi,” says the LORD of hosts. 2:9 “Therefore I also have made you contemptible and base before all the people, because you have not kept My ways, but have shown partiality in the Torah.”

Jeremiah 7:22 For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. 7:23 But this is what I Commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have Commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ 7:24  Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.

Jeremiah 8:9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed, and taken. Behold, they have rejected the Word of the LORD; so what wisdom do they have?

Jeremiah 11:3 ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel, “Cursed is the man who does not obey the Words of this Covenant 11:4 which I Commanded your fathers in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and do according to all that I command you; so shall you be My people, and I will be your God,’ 11:5 that I may establish the oath which I have sworn to your fathers, to give them ‘a land flowing with milk and honey,’ as it is this day.” ’ ” And I answered and said, “So be it, LORD.” 11:10 They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers who refused to hear My Words, and they have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My Covenant which I made with their fathers.”

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 59:21 “As for Me,” says the LORD, “this is My Covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My 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.”

Isaiah 2:3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the Mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the Torah, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (also in Micah 4:2)

Isaiah 40:8  “… the Word of our God stands forever!”

Psalm 138:2  “For You have magnified Your Word above all Your name.”

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