In this post I will be talking about the main purpose and the main message of the Pentateuch (Torah). I think many people do not understand what it is, so I figured I will point it out.
Let's take a look at Deuteronomy 30:19
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
19 הַעִידֹ֨תִי בָכֶ֣ם הַיּוֹם֮ אֶת־הַשָּׁמַ֣יִם וְאֶת־הָאָרֶץ֒ הַחַיִּ֤ים וְהַמָּ֙וֶת֙ נָתַ֣תִּי לְפָנֶ֔יךָ הַבְּרָכָ֖ה וְהַקְּלָלָ֑ה וּבָֽחַרְתָּ֙ בַּֽחַיִּ֔ים לְמַ֥עַן תִּחְיֶ֖ה אַתָּ֥ה וְזַרְעֶֽךָ׃
As you can see from the above verse, the main purpose and the message of the Pentateuch is a PRESERVATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS LIFE AT ALL COSTS.
Yes, even though some Laws described in the Pentateuch can be seen outdated and barbaric from the "modern" point of view, if you will look very close at these Laws and examine them in an open-minded and diligent fashion, you will find them truthful and just.
I need to clarify the word "RIGHTEOUS" in my definition. As you should understand, not all life should be preserved. In nature its predatory hierarchical "circle of life". But in the human world its the social "circle of life".
For example, we as society execute blatant murderers. I'm sure all of the readers of my blog would agree that the death penalty, in some cases, is the only justifiable and appropriate punishment for the people who do "cross the line". Unfortunately, nowadays, this "line" got really shifted towards more seemingly "compassionate" and liberal side, which in turns produces such horrible tragedies as mass shootings, epidemics of the untreatable illnesses, immoral social and sexual behavior, e.t.c.
This is why it is important to understand that only by following seemingly harsh (yet - just) Laws of the Pentateuch, we can assure that the righteous life can be preserved. This, in turn, assures and guarantees a healthy society that is free from aforementioned afflictions.