You Can't Keep The Torah!
'You can't keep the Torah?'
HRH buster time! (Hebrew Roots Heresy)
The folks at Hebrew Roots Heresy recently shared the above photo on facebook whilst also claiming that people cannot keep the Torah.
Firstly, people that point out commandments that you can't keep aren't helping anybody (like the folks at HRH). Especially if they're doing so maliciously.
Just because you can't do a command magically means 'it must be done away with'? This = dumb reasoning. We live in exile, sure, there are things you can't do, not because it's to hard, but because we live in EXILE. Meaning, not living in the land, not in a unified Israel keeping Torah, no temple etc = yes, there are things that you can't do. That said, exile is a very different concept to the Torah been done away with or been too hard to do in the first place.
With that understood, it is it POSSIBLE to keep the Torah. YES!!!! ABSOLUTELY!
Is it too hard (assuming no exile)? NO.
Why do I think doing the Torah is possible? Because the Bible says you can.
People did it in the New Testament.
Luke 1:5–6 (The Scriptures)
5 There was in the days of Herodes, the sovereign of Judah, a certain priest named Zechariah, of the division of Aḇiyah. And his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisheḇa. 6 And they were both righteous before God, blamelessly walking in all the commands and righteousnesses of God
Excuse me? They were BLAMELESSLY WALKING IN ALL THE COMMANDS.
And Moses said this about the Torah i.e. the command or the word as it is often referred called in the Torah...
Deuteronomy 30:11–14 (The Scriptures)
11 “For this command which I am commanding you today, it is not too hard for you, nor is it far off.
12 “It is not in the heavens, to say, ‘Who shall ascend into the heavens for us, and bring it to us, and cause us to hear it, so that we do it?’
13 “Nor is it beyond the sea, to say, ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, and cause us to hear it, so that we do it?’
14 “For the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart—to do it.
Can you keep the Torah?
YES YOU CAN!