Is the Torah Impossible?

This is a common teaching. No one can be without sin. No one can follow all the rules of the Torah. No one can even come close so why try? I was recently studying in I Peter, and the study guide that was moving me along said that the Torah was established with the idea that it was impossible.
“…HE did this to prepare against Israel’s inevitable failure to keep covenant…” Navpress I Peter

In this week’s Parasha, the weekly reading that takes the Jewish people through the Torah and Tanach throughout the year, we find Deuteronomy 30:11 CJB “For the mitzvah which I am giving to you today is not too hard for you, it is not beyond your reach.” It is in the Scripture from the mouth of the Most High, Blessed is He, that we take the teaching that the Torah is accessible. Not some far lofty thing that is unattainable. So how is it that the commentator from Navpress has gotten this so wrong? This site has a great answer to some of the basic ideas against the Torah.

Another man who was perfect was Job. Adonai says in Job 1:8 NASB – The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” This from the mouth of Him again? Saying that a man, a regular born of male and female man, was perfect, blameless…even before the Father?

Now if you come into the Brit Hadasha, the New Testament, you will find Paul in Acts 25:8, 28:17:

Act 25:7 NASB – After Paul arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him which they could not prove,

Act 25:8 NASB – while Paul said in his own defense, “I have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar.”

Act 28:17 NASB – After three days Paul called together those who were the leading men of the Jews, and when they came together, he {began} saying to them, “Brethren, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.

The first two verses Paul says he has not broken the Law, Torah. In the second verse he includes the “customs of our fathers” or the much misaligned traditions of man. If Paul had claimed this and it had not been canonized one might argue it wasn’t true, but to argue this isn’t true is to call into question the validity, the sanctity of the Word of G-d.

To sum up, G-d Himself, says the Torah is doable, this man Job is perfect, and Paul, claims of himself he has neither transgressed the Torah, nor the customs of the fathers. IF these things are true, then the Torah is just as valid and doable today as it was in the days of Job, and Paul.


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