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Why Must All Teaching Be Tested By Torah?

A poster once asked:

“Show me where we are to limit anything to the Torah only?”

I didn’t say we are to limit anything. I said we can trust that the Latter Writings are inspired, because everything that they teach, and show, can be derived from the boundary of the Torah (and from the Prophets, which their teachings are also derived only from the Torah). And how do we know their teachings must be within the boundaries of Torah? It is written:

“All this Word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” (Deut 12:32 in your Catholic/Protestant bible or Deut 13:1 in your Jewish bible).

In the Hebrew:
Deuteronomy 13:1
אֵת כָּל-הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם אֹתוֺ תִשְׁמְרוּ לַעֲשׂוֺת לֹא-תֹסֵף עָלָיו וְלֹא תִגְרַע מִמֶּנּוּ

Et chal ha-Davar asher anochi mitzvah et-chem oto tishmeiru la-asot lo tosef alaiv v-lo tigrah mimeinu.

Et (Aleph-Tav, this we know the following is about the Messiah who is the ‘Alpha’ and the ‘Omega,’ the Aleph and the Tav, the first and last, thus the entire Torah is about Messiah (we find this “word” “in the Beginning” with G-d)) chal (all) ha-Davar (the Word, now Messiah is introduced, the Torah equated with Messiah) asher (which) anochi (I have) mitzvah (command) et-chem (to you) oto (shall you) tishmeiru (observe, from the root shamar, which also means to guard – like in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were to shamar/guard the Torah) la-asot (to do, from the root asah, which means to serve/worship/work like in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were to asah/serve/work the Torah, also as in let my people go so that they may asah/serve Me) lo tosef (not)(to add or augment/exceed/get more/increase) alaiv (to it (or)) v-lo tigrah (not)(to scrape off/to shave/remove/lessen/withold/abate/diminish/do away/keep back/restrain/make small/withdraw) mimeinu (from it (all)).

We can see from the above, that if one adds to or takes away from, anything of HaDavar – the Word that HaShem commanded (mitzvah) (In the singular, this is referring to the “singular” Mitzvah of Ex 24:12 where it is written that HaShem gave Moses “the Tablets, the Torah, and the Mitzvah for their instruction” which means to include all three since the Mitzvah is the final instruction/explanation of the Torah, as the Torah is the instruction/explanation of the Tablets), that one adds to or takes away from the Messiah. Therefore, since the entire Torah was given to Moses (as well as the Tablets and the Mitzvah for their instruction), we can understand that the Torah is warning us of even adding or taking away to or from the Mitzvah, that is, the individual instruction or right way of doing a instruction, which itself (the Torah) is an instruction on the 10 Words, all given by HaShem to Moses. For if one adds to or takes away from even the application of the Torah from the Tablets, Torah, and Mitzvah, one diminishes Messiah, and leads another to walk not in the Way (as in yes, THE Way, the Messiah) contrary to Torah, as the rest of the proceeding verses of Deut 13:1-5 seek to warn us about such false prophets doing.

Deuteronomy 4:2 also has this same commandment given:

1 Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live (have eternal life) and may go in and take possession of the land (in the World to Come) that the LORD, the G-d of your fathers, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your G-d that I give you. (for by adding to or subtracting from the Messiah, we accept a false Messiah – a false Master, a false Baal)

3 You saw with your own eyes what the LORD did at Baal Peor (case in point). The LORD your G-d destroyed from among you everyone who followed the Baal of Peor, 4 but all of you who held fast to the LORD your G-d are still alive today (and so too this will be repeated at the End of the Age).

We are to limit the our understanding about the Messiah and what he taught, to the boundaries of HaDavar – the Word that HaShem commanded (mitzvah), that is, the Tablets, the Torah, and the Mitzvah. Anything else in addition, or subtraction of that, and thus of the Messiah, is according to Hashem equatable to those who engaged in fornication in the incident of Baal Peor.

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