3 Small Points to Ponder About the Veracity of the Torah
Deuteronomy 4 verses 32-36:
"For ask now of the days past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and from the one end of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it? 33 Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? 34 Or hath God assayed to go and take Him a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before thine eyes? "
In these three verses the author of the Torah actually proves – that he is G-d – because only G-d can make promises such as the ones made here.
A. A promise that there would never be another nation – that would say that such a divine revelation had taken place before an entire nation. Only a Creator who has been revealed only once – can know such a thing – that there will not be such a revelation ever again.
And moreover – no other nation would ever claim that it had, purportedly, had a similar experience – in other words, there is a promise here – that no other nation would ever dare to even falsely claim that G-d appeared before them.
And as I said, only G-d can promise such a thing.
B. And similarly – a promise about the redemption from Egypt – that such a great occurrence shall never repeat itself – that any god will come and will free his people with symbols and miracles.
And, as before, no other nation will ever rise and tell a story like this, even falsely. This again proves the divine ability of the writer of the Torah.
The skyline of the center of Tel Aviv with the Yarkon River.
C.About divine promises and their fulfillment (Amos chapter 9 verse 14):
“And I will return the captivity of My people Israel, and they shall rebuild desolate cities and inhabit [them], and they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their produce."
There is no other nation in history – whose prophets promised that it would return from exile and that it would once again make the wilderness of its land bloom.
And indeed, the people of Israel went into exile – living in foreign lands – for almost 2000 years – without one common geographical place – without one common language – and yet they preserved their identity as a nation – and, as their prophets assured them, they did indeed return to their land.