Shalom on this celebration day of Simchat Torah!
Today there is celebration in synagogues where there is dancing around the Torah Scrolls (Five Books of Moses – the Word of God) as we have finished the annual cycle of reading through the Torah.
Today, the Torah Scrolls will be taken out of the “Ark” and the last portion of the Book of Deuteronomy will be read.
As well we will read the first portion of Breisheit the first Book of the Torah
which means “In the Beginning” – in Christian Bibles it is called “Genesis 1”,
and it will take another year to complete the reading.”
In some synagogues, when the ark is opened, all the worshipers leave their seats to dance and sing with all the Torah scrolls in a joyous celebration that often lasts for several hours and more. Different congregants will each take turns holding/carrying the Torah scrolls as they dance for the Lord.
This is one of the beautiful things within Judaism, the rejoicing over the Torah – the Word of God.
It is the history of the Jewish people, and the commandments that they are to follow.
Psalm 119 with 176 verses (is the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible). It is King David speaking about the beauty of the Commandments (Torah).
Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.
I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders, or I obey your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.
I have not departed from your laws,for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Each Torah Scroll in the synagogue is handwritten by a scribe, and each letter must be exact, it is the Word of God.
Our Jewish people truly are the People of the Book, however the prophets and the Messianic prophecies are hardly studied, and Jesus (Yeshua) is a name that cannot be mentioned in most Jewish circles.
Let us remember the words of Yochanan (John) 1:1:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Psalms 2:7-12, “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”