David's Comment: Simchat Torah' - (The Joy of the Torah)
Psalm 19:7 The Torah of YHVH is perfect, restoring the soul
The 7 day Succott festival ends at sunset on Friday, however Saturday is another special Shabbaton - a Holy Convocation (Leviticus 23:36). The Bible does not give this 8th day a name, but it has come to be called Simchat Torah or the Joy of the Torah. Just the name of this day tells us that the Jewish people who love GOD have a very different attitude towards the Torah than many Christians have. The Torah is the foundation of the entire Bible, which is the instruction manual of the Kingdom of YHVH. For almost 2000 years non-Jewish believers in the Messiah (Yeshua / Jesus) have declared We are not under the law, but we are under grace ! thus rejecting much of the 'Maker's Manual' which teaches us how to live the best life we can while we are alive on the Earth.
What is called the Law, is the Hebrew word Torah, which more accurately means instructions, and King David summed it up nicely when he said in Psalm 19:7 The Torah of YHVH is perfect restoring the soul. David continues all through Psalm 119, to express his love for the Torah. Every person who claims to love GOD also ought to have the same attitude as David did towards the Torah which is reflected in the way Jewish people celebrate Simchat Torah.
The reason behind this special day is that the annual reading cycle of the Torah scroll has come to the end and the scroll is rolled back to the beginning, and the reading cycle begins again. For religious Jews who truly love the Word of GOD, to start reading again from Genesis is a cause to celebrate and rejoice. In every synagogue in Israel and around the world on Simchat Torah, the Torah scrolls are carried around the sanctuary. Many people will reach out to touch the scroll and then kiss their hand that touched the Word of GOD. If this is done only as tradition, then it just a religious act, but the majority of Jews who do love the LORD, do this because they really are very grateful and appreciative that the GOD of Israel had the grace to give us his Torah - His instructions to help us live the best life we can. In Jerusalem at the Western Wall on Simchat Torah, you will see hundreds of Jewish men carrying the Torah scrolls singing and dancing with great joy and fervor.
My point is this - if Jewish people who do not have the Holy Spirit living inside of them can have the right attitude to the Torah, then why do so many Christians who believe they have the Holy Spirit want to have nothing to do with it ? Why is it that most non-Jews want to have nothing to do with the Creator's manual for a perfect life ? Do we really believe that YHVH being a GOD of grace means that He doesn't care if His sons and daughters choose to ignore His instructions, many times causing sickness, problems and grief in their lives and in the lives of their families ?
If we truly are living in the End Times as many believe, then the Restoration of Israel which must be fulfilled before Heaven will release Yeshua to return to Jerusalem, (Acts 3:21), must surely be followed by the restoration of the Church back to the days of signs, wonders and miracles as in the 1st century,. In that case, now must surely be the time for the appreciation and love of the Torah to be restored to every Born-again Christian. In fact the Torah is the very essence of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31 - behold the days are coming says YHVH, that I will make a New Covenant. I will write my Torah in their hearts.
I believe that I am called as a Messianic Jew to be teaching these things to the Nations as an End Time ministry. Isaiah 2:2-3 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the Torah shall go forth from Zion. Josie and I, and a growing number of Believers around the world sense that the LORD desires that the entire Body of Messiah would celebrate Shabbat and all of His Moedim, and be able to declare along with King David in Psalm 19:7 The TORAH of YHVH is perfect, restoring the soul. We pray that this comment will inspire you to also see the Torah in a new light and that the Holy Spirit will speak to your heart and confirm that what I have written is truly from our Father in Heaven.
The Future Relevance of Simchat Torah: From the beginning at Passover until the end of Simchat Torah, the annual cycle of the Moedim or Feasts of the LORD reveals the entire plan of Redemption, and the new beginning, and Simchat Torah has an amazing prophetic relevance for the future. Just as the scrolls are rolled back to the beginning and the reading cycle starts again, at the end of the Millenium, which is foreshadowed by Succott, the present Heavens and Earth will roll up like a scroll, (Revelation 6:14) and YHVH will begin again with a new and incorruptible Heavens and Earth. The Redemption plan of the LORD will be complete - Hallelu YAH.
Succott Offering: In the days of ancient Israel it was customary to bring an special offering unto the LORD at the time of the Festivals. Josie and I want to thank those of you who have blessed Out of Zion with a special offering during this Fall Feast season. If you are not a regular financial supporter, and you have not taken the opportunity to bless and be blessed, you can still send you Succott offering - please go to our website to find the donation details for your country, or by Paypal Click here
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on all of the land given to the Jewish people by the GOD of Israel. Please pray that all of the Jewish people will return to Israel and turn back to their GOD and Messiah. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for a breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF. Please continue to pray for Jews and Christians to be given full access to the Temple Mount.
Shabbat Shalom and a Blessed Simchat Torah ... David
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