Your response here...
No it is not. It is about making judgements in regard to the death penalty and open sin. The complete context is provided below...
- DEUTERONOMY 17:2-13 2, If there be found among you, within any of your gates which the LORD your God gives you, man or woman, that has worked wickedness in the sight of the LORD your God, in transgressing his covenant, 3, And has gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 4, And it be told you, and you have heard of it, and inquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is worked in Israel: 5, Then shall you bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, to your gates, even that man or that woman, and shall stone them with stones, till they die. 6, At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. 7, The hands of the witnesses shall be first on him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put the evil away from among you. 8, If there arise a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within your gates: then shall you arise, and get you up into the place which the LORD your God shall choose; 9, And you shall come to the priests the Levites, and to the judge that shall be in those days, and inquire; and they shall show you the sentence of judgment: 10, And you shall do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall show you; and you shall observe to do according to all that they inform you: 11, According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach you, and according to the judgment which they shall tell you, you shall do: you shall not decline from the sentence which they shall show you, to the right hand, nor to the left. 12, And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not listen to the priest that stands to minister there before the LORD your God, or to the judge, even that man shall die: and you shall put away the evil from Israel. 13, And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.
As posted earlier the context shows that Deuteronomy 17:8-13
is about judging others in regards to idol worship and open sin under the civil laws of the nation of Israel under the old covenant. It has nothing to do with making interpretations or changing scripture. I do believe that only God through His Spirit can give us the correct interpretation of scripture (Isaiah 55:8-9
; John 14:26
; John 16:13
etc). Jesus in Matthew 15:3-9
tells us that if we follow the teachings and traditions of men that lead us to break the commandment of God we are not worshiping God. That should be common sense to anyone reading and believing the Torah though in my opinion and not even worth arguing over. Therefore I believe that the scriptures are the only test of what is true and what is not true and not the teachings and traditions of men that can lead us away from God and His Word to break the commandments of God. I believe you have missed the Messiah because you follow man-made interpretations of the scriptures instead of seeking God to prayerfully know the truth of Gods' Word for yourself. It is written in the scriptures, "Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD." - Jeremiah 17:5