Simchat Torah the Rejoicing with/of the Torah.

Simchat Torah  the Rejoicing with/of the Torah.

This weekend the Jewish people around the world will celebrate Simchat Torah, which means the Rejoicing with/of the Torah. It is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah reading and the beginning of a new cycle.  It is a great time of celebration and Dancing in Synagogues as all the Torah scrolls are carried around in seven circuits (hakafot).

While this celebration is not mentioned or commanded in Scripture, but rather comes from tradition, I believe it represents a wonderful thing: a celebration centered around God’s Word.

God’s word is a precious gift to humankind; He gave us His Word in order for us to learn about Him, His character, and His desire for our lives.  The only way for us to know any of this is by reading and studying the Word of God. The foundation for the entire Bible is the first five books, where we learn about the Creation, our history, God’s attributes, the things that are pleasing to Him etc.

Sadly, many followers of the Messiah choose to ignore the first part of God’s word, His Torah (literally meaning “teachings”), which are the first five books of the Bible. Many see it through the negative eyes of what is called the “law”.  But let’s look at what our beloved King David wrote about such “law”:

1Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

 

As I stated, many believers hold a very negative view of the Torah; I would like to challenge this view. David said that His delight is in the Law of the Lord, that you are being blessed when you spend time thinking about it, meditating about it.  Rav Shaul (Apostle Paul) said, “We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.” 1 Tim 1:8.

I believe we have to look at “the Law” or as I prefer to call it, “God’s teaching” in a positive way. These are the things that are pleasing to God, and in the same way I desire to please my wife by doing – or not doing – certain things, how much more would I like to do the things that are pleasing to our God and stay away from those things that are not pleasing to Him!

My faith in Yeshua has given me the freedom to choose to obey Him. Accepting the Messiah into my life means that I have accepted the New Covenant that He as promised through the Prophet Jeremiah:

31 “The time is coming,” declares the LORD,  “when I will make a new covenant  with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD.33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel  after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jer 31:31-33 (emphasis mine)

 

God has put His Word in my mind and has written it on my heart; He has given me the desire to live my life according to the way He desires me to live it; He has given me the freedom to obey it and has redeemed me from all of my iniquities through the Sacrifice of His Son.

 

As I see it, Simchat Torah is a time to reflect upon what Yeshua did for me; it is a time to see the areas in my life of which I need to repent, as well as to apply His Word more and more into my heart and life.  I hope you will do the same.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Moran

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5 Comments on “Simchat Torah the Rejoicing with/of the Torah.”

  1. Dear Brother Moran,

    We spoke by email earlier this week regarding the church I attend and the message God, I believe, gave me to admonish them to support Israel and Messianic believers in the land. My passion for Israel and Messianic Jews does not only come because I served the Lord among the Jewish people in Iran many years ago but more from what God has taught me through the Torah. Your teaching on the importance of Torah is so very true for our spiritual development as believers. We are admonished in the New Testament to study the examples of the patriarchs of Israel to better understand how God wants us to know Him and walk with Him. My life has been transformed by studying especially the life of Abraham. He developed the very heart of the Father by being willing to give his one and only son back to God. It was revealed to me that he performed this act on Mt Moriah the very place Jerusalem was later built. He saw the Son of Promise that Isaiah in chapters 49,52 & 53 afar off. His act of obedience moved the very heart of the Almighty Yahweh to fulfill His promises to Israel as well as the blessing of redemption to all the Gentile nations through the coming of Yeshua. He is a model of obedience to Jews and Gentiles alike.
    I have also came to understand that through the very life of the patriarch Joseph that he models in type the sufferings and the patience of the Messiah. He was rejected by his brothers then betrayed and abandoned but in all of this he never quit trusting in the Father. Somehow in time he knew he was fulfilling though painful the very plan of God. After one episode after another his pain and suffering led him to face Pharoah in his court where God gave him the wisdom to reveal the dream of seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. Joseph became “adonai” over all of Egypt’s agriculture and food supply…he was the keeper of the “Bread of Life” so to speak. Eventually the famine drove Jacobs sons to Egypt to seek food. Jacobs sons indeed bowed before Joseph as the childhood dream predicted with such detailed accuracy. Here is the truth that so many Jews and Gentiles miss. God is rich beyond our wildest dreams, not so much in all the gold and silver for all of it is His, but rather in His infinite ability in forgivness and mercy. Once Joseph revealed his identity the brothers were struck with fear of revenge for their treachery against him as a young boy.
    Instead Joseph wept and wailed with love, mercy and understanding.
    He knew now the heart of God for what was meant for evil turned out to be the very thing that eventually brought about Israel’s redemption. In the book of Zechariah chapter twelve we see the Messiah coming with the wounds that brought about His atoning blood, the Kippurim.
    In that day the fountain of David, of mercy will be open for Israel and they need not be afraid of the Glory of the real Messiah, Yeshua, JESUS, Adonai. If I had never read and studied the Torah I would never understand God’s infinite patience and love for Israel and wicked Gentiles that repent. In His Lovingkindness…John an Italian saved by grace and mercy. Please pray for my church to hear from GOD soon to be generous in mercy to Israel and Messianic Jews that need our loving support and prayers.

  2. Yeshua said, “Salvation comes through the Jews…” May God Bless all of Israel and the remenant Israel of God on the Shabbat and Holy Season…Shabbat Shalom!

  3. I appreciate your submissions so much! I’m learning about the Biblical Feasts and your writings help more than you may know. My class of ten children thank you too.
    : )

  4. Your blog is such a good reminder to understand – over & over – that the law (teachings) are for today, for all believers to obey. Thank you for such a gentle reminder to increase our kavanah.

  5. Shalom from Finland!

    Thanks you Moran for this writing regarding defending Torah. I have recently experienced a HUGE change in my life when I understood that Torah is the ultimate key to understand the whole Bible. Yeshua is the Living Torah, then why we should not obey His Torah then in every aspect in our lives?! I love Sabbath, the Biblical feasts etc. It is like making a hyper-jump to another world from the traditional pagan-christianity when understanding and embracing the hebrew roots of faith.

    May YHWH bless you all in the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach!

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