What does the Bible, the Word of the Creator, say about Traditions of Men?
In Isaiah (29:13) it is written:
“This people (Jew) of lips honours me, but their heart is far from me. For in vain they honor me, teaching as doctrines, commandments of men. For leaving the commandment of Elohim, you cling to the tradition of men.“
Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel was against the commandments of men (traditions) See: Matetetiyahu (Matt) 15:9, (Matt) 23 (the whole chapter), Markos (Mar) 7:7. Even Paul was against it:
Titus 1:14 “not heeding Judaic fables, nor commandments of men who depart from the truth.”
THE RABBIS OF THEIR TIME AND TODAY BRING OUT THESE
“TRADITIONS OF MEN” OF THE TALMUD
The Talmud (“instruction, teaching”) is a work that mainly collects rabbinical discussions about Jewish laws, traditions, customs, narratives and sayings, parables, stories and legends.
The Talmud extends, discusses, questions, explains, and complements the Tanakh, but it cannot, by definition, contradict the most important part or essence of it, the Torah.
TODAY THERE ARE PEOPLE TRYING TO CONFUSE MESSIANIC JEWS AND NETZARIM JEWS, AND EVEN MANY CHRISTIANS BY MAKING THEM BELIEVE THAT THEY ONLY NEED TO BELIEVE IN THE 7 FALSE LAWS OF NOAH.
Some Jews say that : “the Noahide movement is actually the return of the Gentile to the covenant they forgot, the ‘covenant with the nations’. The “Noahide pact” is said to contain fundamental laws from which various applications are derived that seek not only a more harmonious social life but above all a transcendence that is not limited to the individual but to the collectively, to the nations of the world.
They claim that these laws are:
Most of these laws are found in the Decalogue, but if you realize there is no Shabbat law.
Certain Noah writings on the Internet say the following:
“Judaism conceives the idea of unity from a completely different perspective; it teaches that there are two ways, not just one. “One way is yours. The other one is mine. You travel for yours, I travel for mine and in this true unity will be found: the One God is found along both routes because the One God provided both.” The Noahide Laws determine the way that God gave to the non-Jewish peoples of the earth.”
“By observing the Seven Noahide Commandments, a Gentile fully fulfils the purpose for which he was created and receives a place in the World to Come, the blessed spiritual world of the righteous.” No true.
WHAT DOES THE TORAH SAY ABOUT TWO DIFFERENT PATHS?
The Torah states that the Law of Elohim is for both Jews and foreigners.
Devarim (Deu 29:14-15) “And not only with you do I make this covenant and this oath, but with those who are present here today with us before YHWH our Elohim, and with those who are not here with us today.”
Shemot (Ex 12:49) “The same law shall be for the natural, and for the stranger who dwells among you.”
Vatikrah (Lev 18:26) “Therefore keep my statutes and my ordinances, and do not make any of these abominations, neither the natural nor the stranger who dwells among you.”
Shemot (Ex 23:12) “Six days thou shalt work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest, that thy ox and donkey may rest, and the son of your servant, and the stranger, may take refreshment.”
Vatikrah (Lev 16:29) “And this you shall have as a perpetual statute: In the seventh month, ten days into the month, you shall afflict your souls, and no work shall be done, neither the natural nor the stranger who dwells among you.”
Bamidbar (Num) 15:16 “The same law and the same decree shall have, you and the stranger who dwells with you.”
Isaiah 56:4-7 “For thus said YHWH, ‘To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose what I want, and embrace my covenant, I will give them a place in my house and within my walls, and name better than that of sons and daughters; Perpetual name I will give you, which will never perish. And to the children of strangers who follow YHWH to serve Him, and who love the name of Jehovah to be His servants; to all who keep the Sabbath day so as not to desecrate it, and embrace my covenant, I will take you to my holy mountain, and recreate you in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted upon my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
At the end of time the Creator of the Universe says:
Isaiah 2:2-4 “It will take place in the end times, that the mountain of the house of Yahweh will be confirmed as the head of the mountains, and it will be exalted over the hills, and all the nations will run to it. And many peoples will come, and they will say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk his paths. For from Zion will come the law, and from Jerusalem the word of Yahweh. And he will judge among the nations, and he will rebuke many peoples; and they shall turn their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into sickles; they will not raise a sword nation against a nation, nor will they train themselves more for war.
WHO INVENTED ALL THIS AND WHY IS NOT IN THE TORAH?
None of these false laws are in the Torah as you have seen the Torah clarify. The people who started this lived in Yeshua’s time and in the first century after His death. Prior to 132 A.D. netzarim Jews lived and attended the synagogues of Rabbinical Jews every Shabbat. There were difficulties and sometimes disputes, but these did not cut the bond of brotherhood in the Israelites of their time.
In 132 AD the third Judeo-Roman revolt against the abuse of the Roman Empire throughout Israel began. During the rebellion they declare the chosen commander, Simon bar Kochba, as the Messiah, according to Bamidbar (Num) 24:17: “A star of Jacob will descend” (“Bar Kochba” means “son of the star” in Aramaic). The Jews who believed in Messiah Yeshua could not support this false messiah and both groups were divided. During that war, about 580,000 Jews died and more than 1,000 villages were razed.
After the destruction of the temple, the continuity of oral transmission was in danger, so I wrote the Mishnah in the year 200 AD. The Mishnah and the Gemara formed the Talmud. Due to the danger of the “Messianic Jews” the 7 Laws of Noah were written, to reverse that trend.
This law invented by men, not by the Creator of the Universe, the one true Elohim of Israel and the world: YHWH, is written in the Babylonian Talmud in Sanhedrin 56a. Now some people want to use it again to revert to the “Messianic Jews” and “Christians.”
To all goes this warning: Do not sell your progeny as Esau did in:
Beresheet (Gen) 25:29-33 “And Jacob stewed a stew; And Esau returned from the field, tired, he said to Jacob, “I beg you to feed me of that red stew, for I am very tired.” Therefore it was called its name Edom. And Jacob answered, Sell me on this day your birthright. Then Esau said, Behold, I am going to die; What, then, will the birthright serve me? And Jacob said, “Judge him on this day.” And he swore to him, and sold Jacob his birthright.”
The Torah is for all called to love YHWH, the Elohim of Israel, and His Commandments, Decrees, and Ordinances. I will not cease to please Elohim and I will follow all his words.
A thousand blessings and take care of yourselves
Rabbi Yosef Ben Marques © 2017