The Torah of Moses

The TORAH of Moses

The  first  five books of the Scriptures (the Old  Testament)
have been called the Books of Moses, and tradition has it that he
was the author.

They describe the creation of the universe and people,  their
early  history before and after the flood,  the call to  Abraham,
the story of his descendents into Egypt, their exodus under Moses
and Joshua into Canaan (the Promised Land),  and a detailed list-
ing of the laws of God.

(Incidentally  Jesus  unequivocaally endorsed these  laws  as
written in Matthew 5:17-19,  namely, “Till heaven and earth pass,
one  jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the  law,  till
all be fulfilled.” Also Luke 16:17)

Genesis

Genesis  describes how God created man and woman at first  to
be  immortal,  and that they only became mortal after their  Fall
by  eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good  and
evil.

Hundreds,  or  thousands  of years later,  “God saw that  the
wickedness of man was great in the earth…And the Lord said,  ‘I
will destroy man…and beast…and fowls of the air`”. (Gen. 6:5-
7)

However, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”, built an
ark,  filled it with his immediate family and two of every living
thing,  and  all  within was saved from drowning from  the  Great
Flood.

Following  the flood,  Noah’s three sons populated the  whole
earth.

“Ham  is  the father of Canaan (Gen.  9:18),  Japheth’s  des-
cendents populated the ‘isles of the Gentiles’ (Gen.  10:5), Shem
is the ancester of Abram (Father Abraham) (Gen. 11:10-26).

Somehow, the above division does not include the white people
of Europe;  the black aborigines of Africa,  India and Australia;
the  varieties  of brown and yellow people in Asia,  nor the  red
people of the Americas.

God’s Call to Abram

The  Lord called Abram from Ur of the Chaldees to migrate  to
Canaan,  saying  that He would make of Abram a great  nation,  by
which “all families of the earth shall be blessed”. (Jesus ?)

Just  before the death of Moses,  the Lord showed he  Canaan,
and said,  “This is the land which I sware unto Abraham…saying,
I will give it to thy seed.” (Deut. 34:4)

In Deut. 9:4-6, it reads that the Lord did not give Canaan to
the  Israelites because they were righteous,  but because its in-
habitants were wicked, they would be defeated.

Comment

Nowhere  in these five books is there any mention of  a  life
after  death,  or  of a heaven and hell where the  righteous  are
rewarded and the wicked condemned to eternal hellfire.

Nor is there any mention of a “Messiah”.

Although the Lord in general terms speaks of blessing Israel,
there  is nothing to indicate that the Lord is interested in  the
welfare of any other people.

Quite  the contrary,  the Lord decreed death to the  Egyptian
army pursuing the Israelites out of Egypt.

Again,  it  reads,  “For thou art a holy people unto the Lord
thy  God,  and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar  people
unto  himself,  above all the nations that are upon  the  earth.”
(Deut. 14:2)

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