Errors of the Sages
by David Wiseman
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Errors of the Sages
By David Wiseman
The teachings of the Jewish sages are contained in the document called the Mishnah. Many of my N’tzarit brothers have fallen into the trap of following these words. However, Mosheh taught “All the things that I command you, take heed to do them, and you shall not add to it, nor take away from it.”
The first error of the sages is in their own teachings. They teach that two Laws were given to Mosheh, one to be written down, and the other to be transferred orally. But this Oral Torah they have written down, and call it the Mishnah. How, then, can the Mishnah be trusted if it has violated its own principle? If YHWH had intended for the Oral Torah to be written down, He would have had it written down by Mosheh at Sinay. The Sages have transgressed their own commandment.
Was it not written by Mosheh, the servant and prophet of Yah, “And Mosheh wrote The Torah, this one, and gave it to the Priests, sons of Levi, those bearing the ark of the covenant of YHWH and to all the elders of Yisra’el.”
Mosheh wrote down The Torah, not a Torah. Mosheh also wrote down, and recorded clearly these words,"if you will not observe to do all the words of the Torah, this one, the writings in the book”
Is Mosheh not clear, then?
Some of the N’tzarim object, saying, “If there is not Oral Torah, why did Rabbiy Yeshu’ah teach about the resurrection, saying, ‘For your repayment will be in the resurrection of the righteous.’?”
Decieved! Do you not know the teachings of your own Rabbiy? Did Yeshu’ah not teach, saying, “But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read the thing which was said to you by God who said, That ‘I am the God of Awraham, the God of Iskaq, and the God of Yacob?’ And he was not the God of the dead, rather of the living.”
Or does the Prophet Danyi’el not also teach, saying, “And a multitude, those who sleep in the ground-dust will awake, some to life everlasting and some to reproaches, to abhorrence everlasting.”?
Many also object, saying, “Yeshu’ah speaks the words of the Mishna when he says, ‘thou shalt have treasure in heaven’.”
Who has decieved you, my brothers? Did not Yahuda, the Talmid, say, “And Enoch also the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, ‘Behold, YHWH cometh with ten thousands of his saints,’” and yet you accuse Sepher Enoch of heresy. Who taught you this double standard? But does the Torah not indeed teach, saying, “YHWH will open to you His good treasure, the heavens to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.”
My brothers also ask, where is the End of the Age found in the Torah?
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Does not the Prophet Yeshayahu prophecy, concerning the End of Days, saying, “Then will YHWH create over all the site of mount Tziyyown and over her assembly a cloud by day and smoke, and the shining of a fire flaming by night for over all the glory a khuppah : and a Sukkah there shall be for a shade of day from heat and for a refuge and for a hiding place from storm and rain.”
Does he not speak plainly of the feast of which Mosheh wrote, “in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, this one, a feast of the Ssukkoth”?
As it was in the Ssukkoth when we came out of Egypt, so will the End of Days be.
And yet again they ask where Hades is found in the Torah. Have you not even read the Torah? Or what does it say of the rebellious Qorakh? “and opened the earth her mouth, and swallowed them and their houses and all the men that (were) for Qorakh and all their property : and they sank, they and what they had, alive to She’ol”
My brothers, you object yet one more time, saying that Yeshua said, “let not your left hand know what your right hand does.” Is this not a Talmudic teaching?
My brothers, does not Sha’ul say, “I was all things to all men”? And is he not a witness to you? And even so, Yeshu’ah, teaching the principle of humility, taught the P’rushim in their own words. Does not the Torah teach, “And you shall remember all the way which has brought you YHWH your Judge this fourty years in the wilderness in order to humble you”?
My brothers, do not forget what your own Rabbiy Yeshu’ah taught, saying, “not one Yodh or one dash will pass from the Torah until everything happens.”
But He says “one yood or one dash,” as speaking of something written, not of something spoken.
Did not Sha’ul speak truly and, when speaking of the New Covenant, say, “written not with ink, but with the spirit of the Living God; not on tables of stone, but on tablets of the living heart.”
What, then, is the Old Covenant? Is it not the writing in ink, and in tablets of stone?
Does not Rabbiy Yeshu’ah teach, saying, “The Scribes and P’rushim sit on the seat of Mosheh. Therefore everything that he says to you, that you should keep and do. But not according to their deeds, for they talk but do not. And they bind heavy burdens and place them upon the shoulders of the sons of men, but they do not desire to touch them with their fingers.”
Is it not true, what Mosheh wrote, “you shall not add to it”? For the P’rushim read from the Torah, and yet violate this commandment because they do the words of the Mishnah, and lay the heavy burdens of the Sages on the backs of the sons of men.
Does Rabbiy Yeshu’ah not also clearly teach against the Mishnah, saying, “For Moshe said to honor your father and your mother, and anyone who reviles his father and his mother, ‘Let them be put to death!’ But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or to his mother. “My offering is what you have gained from me.”’ Then you do not allow him to do anything for his father or for his mother. And you despise the word of God, because of the tradition that you have handed down and that resemble these many things that you do.” (as Paul Younan has rendered it)
Is it not also true, that this lie of the Sages has been added, nullifying the eternal words of the Torah, written by Mosheh?
Is it not true, that the Sages are reffered to as “Rabbiy”? But Rabbiynu Yeshu’ah HaMashiakh said, “But you should not be called ‘Rabbiy” for one is your Rabbiy, and you are all brothers.”
The sages teach, saying, “…Rabbi Yose the Galilean says, it is said, 'You shall not eat any carrion,' and it is said, 'You shall not cook a kid in its mother's milk' hence whatever is prohibited under carrion is forbidden to cook in milk. It might be deduced that a bird which is also prohibited under carrion is prohibited to be cooked in milk; but there is a teaching that says, in its mother's milk, therefore a bird is excluded for it has no mother's milk.”
But Mosheh wrote only, “You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.”
Did Mosheh write falsely? Or is it to be said that Talmud has more authority than the writings of Mosheh? Let it not be! For Sha’ul spoke rightly, saying, “Let Alaha be true, and every man a liar.”
Does not Bekhoroth 1, Mishnah 1 speak of the Samaritans? How can this be? Does the chronicler not write, “And brought the king of Ashur from Bavel and from Kuthah and from ’Awa‘ and from Hamath and from Sepharvayim and lived in cities of Samariah instead of the sons of Israel” And were not these same called Samaritans? How then could Mosheh have spoken of the Samaritans?
In Ta’anith 2, Mishnah 2, do the sages not write of Hanukkah, and of Purim? How can this be, when of Purim it is written in Sepher ’Esther, “to confirm the days of the puriym”?
And of Hanukkah, where is it written? Is the miracle of the oil recorded in the Book of the Maccabees? No! Is it recorded by Josephus? Is it recorded by the Talmidiym? No. It is only written, “And the Feast of Dedication occurred in Yerushalayim, and it was winter.”
Do not Gamliel and Akiva disagree, one saying “this is a minimum” and one “this is a maximum”? Is it not written? Is it not said? “And if a house is against itself, it will be divided, that house will not be able to stand.”
It is also found in the Mishnah, “The school of Hillel says” and yet again, “The school of Shammai says” and these two disagree. If these laws were handed down in direct line from Mosheh himself, would these not agree? Is it not written, “at the mouth of two witnesses or at the mouth of three witnesses shall be settled a thing”?
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