Are there mistakes in Torah? For many, “the Bible is the unerring word of God.” Ha – I wish I could capture in writing the essence of this religious and self-righteous sound-byte which I hear so often. For me, after almost 15 years of full-time study, that sound-byte displays utter ignorance concerning both what Yehovah’s word actually is and what it says.
To make the New Testament Yehovah’s word, much less His “inerrant word” is profound ignorance! Now, before you too get mad at me, let me just say that ignorance is not evil, it is just a lack of understanding. Many people have just accepted this doctrine and tradition of men, and because they do not know what their Bible actually says, they have made it their truth.
But Yehovah’s words are only those words which He spoke through Moses and His other prophets; they generally begin with, “Thus says Yehovah, speak to Israel’s seed (perversely know as ‘the children of Israel”) and say to them …” If I were to pick any words from all the writings found in “the Bible” that come close to be unerring, those would be these words. It is for this reason that Yehovah says through Isaiah,
To the Torah [Yehovah’s word given to Moses] and to the testimony [Yehovah’s words given to His other prophets]! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isa 8:20)
But again, I must ask the same question. Are there any mistakes in Torah? Torah is the first 5 books found in most Bibles – Genesis through Deuteronomy – the words of Yehovah given through Moses.
Once again in our study today we have found mistakes and several inconsistencies in Torah. In my Sabbath class we find mistakes in Torah all the time. But most of the mistakes will never be spotted by the casual reader and especially not by someone going through Torah for the first time. Please, don’t misunderstand what I am saying; I am not talking about simple translation errors of which there are thousands upon thousands. No, I am talking about errors in the Hebrew text.
Numbers 32 was an example of this. The whole of the chapter is about the lands that Reuben’s seed and Gad’s seed are to receive as their own. From verse one all the way through to verse 29 Moses makes it very clear that if these two tribes will not fight with the rest of their brethren on the west side of the Jordan then they are not going to receive any land at all.
Then Moses said to them: “If you do this thing, if you arm yourselves before Yehovah for the war, and all your armed men cross over the Jordan before Yehovah until He has driven out His enemies from before Him, and the land is subdued before Yehovah, then, afterwards you may return and be blameless before Yehovah and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before Yehovah. But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against Yehovah; and be sure your sin will find you out. (Num 32:20-23)
But in verse 30 it says this.
But if they do not cross over armed with you,
they shall have possessions among you in the land of Canaan.” (Num 32:30)
Yeah right! Are we to understand that if Reuben’s and Gad’s seed do not fight with their brethren that they still get lands for themselves on the west side? That would be absurd based on everything that came before this verse and after it. It has to say “they shall have NO possessions among you in the land of Canaan“. But the Hebrew negation לא – “lo” is just not there.
I believe this is why our forefathers were not just taught Yehovah’s word by their fathers and their father’s fathers, they were taught to know Yehovah! As we learn to know Yehovah, we also learn to know what He would and would not say.
Well, this is just one of the two errors that we found today, and one of many mistakes in Torah that we have uncovered in my Sabbath classes over the past several years. Join us as we dig deeper into Yehovah’s word.
Are There Any Mistakes In Torah?
N20 Numbers 32 – 33
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