There is an argument I've heard many a time, and that argument is that "the Talmud isn't canonized in the Bible, it's not the word of God". This idea comes from a complete lack of understanding the Torah.
It also comes from the erroneous "sola scriptura" doctrine of mainly the Protestants. But don't they think the "Old Testament" isn't binding except for paying your tithes to the preacher? Oh, the irony. Well, I'm not going to focus on them. Instead, as the blog title implies, I'll focus on what many Messianics believe.
Many Messianics succumb to Karaite-like thinking, which rejects the Talmud, which is the codification of the oral Torah. You know, the Karaites, who were okay with Jews being killed by the Nazis, and appealed to the Nazis to not be considered Jewish? Heard of them? Yeah, what bigger sell outs, what bigger disgraces of human beings could there be? But let's not "judge", right?
What about the Torah commanding proper slaughter of animals, but it doesn't tell you how. Not just that it doesn't tell you exactly how - it doesn't tell you how at all. In fact, there are lots of details you have to be aware of when properly slaughtering an animal. In a super short and incomplete summary, you have to slice the neck of the animal with a super sharp knife or blade that is checked in an intricate way for nicks. Then, you have to cut at least a certain amount through certain signs in the animal's neck. Afterwards, you have to cover the blood. There's more, but I'll leave it at that.
So if you read Deuteronomy 17 and don't know who the Court has been over the past thousands and thousands of years dating back to Moses - and there's only one candidate - who do you think it is? Are you stupid?
Let's look at some facts. What Karaite or sola scriptura Messianic could tell me what "a man shall not leave his place on the Sabbath" means? Do you sit at home, don't leave your house? What if you drive to your congregation on Shabbat, as most Messianics do. If you're so into the plain written meaning of the Torah - how can you do that and call yourself a "Torah keeper"?
The only reply I've received about this issue is that "the mitzva of congregating on the Sabbath outweighs leaving your place". What? From where? What logic? Which verses and what logic? Oh, I forgot, Yeshu said: "the Sabbath was created for man, not the man for the Sabbath" - so that means you can break Shabbat at your convenience, since Shabbat is supposed to be at your convenience? What about the man who was killed for collecting some wood on Shabbat, as the plain text of the Torah recalls?
And secondly, where does it say you can't collect some sticks on Shabbat? It's not "work" - right? Thank God, most Messianics aren't among Israel and therefore don't need to keep Shabbat, and they have no judgment for not keeping Shabbat. This is because the Torah was only delivered to Israel. And no, you can't just believe in some dead, heretical mamzer-Jew, and then consider yourself a Jew. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that that's not the way it works. If you do think that's how it works... I've got news for you. You're an idiot. Or just completely ignorant of the Torah, including the plain text of the Torah.
What about "don't light a fire in all of your dwellings on the day of the Sabbath"? I've heard from the ignorant Messianics that this means "work fires". Oh yeah? Reading things into the plain text? I thought you were against "man-made rules" that are extra-Biblical - am I wrong? That's exactly what YOU'RE doing by saying it means "work fires" and not any fire. The text of the Torah says "fire", plainly, it means every fire, any kind of fire, anywhere. If you don't get that, it means you don't know what the word מלאכה, which most horribly translate as simply "work", means. At all.
Since these laws were given only to Israel, a gentile who slaughters an animal - even properly - renders the meat invalid. Eating meat from an invalidly slaughtered animal, even when the slaughterer was a Jew who just missed one little detail, is a serious sin - if you've done it knowingly.
Messianics know nothing about any of these things. If you want to know why we have such intricate details about some commandments - that's why we Breslovers have the super extraordinary book Likutei Halakhot, which explains the inner workings of the Torah, combining and unifying verses of the Tanakh, statements of the Sages in the Talmudim and Midrashim, the Zohar, and the writings of the Ari z"l.
Yes, there are reasons why we do seemingly "minute" details. They all have reasons which the human mind can hardly grasp. They're from God, Who is infinite, His Torah is infinite in depth and wisdom.
So why would the Sages, who themselves authored the Talmud, not canonize the Talmud into the Tanakh? Because the Talmud is contained in the words of the Torah - it's the detail to the Tanakh, the background, the explanation. It was always orally relayed from the Judges of each generation to those of the next, and the instruction of the Torah was relayed to the common people from them - exactly as Deuteronomy 17 states! In plain language! The oral Torah is commanded to be obeyed by the written Torah itself.
Who else claimed to have the explanation of the Torah passed down to them from Moses to the Court he ordained, to the later High Courts throughout the generations? Who else even knows about certain Torah ordinances that were enacted in the days of Joshua, Samuel, David, Solomon, Ezra, etc? NO ONE ELSE besides those who codified this ancient oral Torah into written form, known as the Mishne and Gemara which are the two parts of the Talmud.
There is no other in depth explanation of the Torah that so enlightening, so life giving (in that it actually allows you to carry out the commandments of the Torah!), than what the faithful of the Jewish people have been learning and living throughout this long exile. There's no other candidate for it. I'm sorry to tell you, but if you don't change, you'll get to the end, and the angel of death (who is a very real entity) will say to you: "I'm sorry, but the Jews were right".
The Jews were right, have been right, and will be right. This is God's test for the nations, and so far, Edom/Christianity and Ismael/Islam have failed. That's God's plan, however, since by wrecking Edom as a people (God says he hates Edom in Malachi), he allowed the concepts of the Messiah, redemption, resurrection of the dead, and belief in the Hebrew Bible to exist among the people of Edom. Any of those gentiles who survive the worldwide catastrophic events awaiting us before the coming of the Messiah - and there likely won't be many - will now be able to understand what the heck just happened. They'll be able to submit and serve the True Messiah and the Jewish people, in a resurrected Suka of David, a restored Davidic Kingdom.
It would be wise to get with it before it's too late - but in my experience, people aren't so privy to changing their ways. Even when they're argued out of them, logically, time and time again.