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Simchat Torah – One Christian’s Perspective

on August 18, 2013

SIMCHAT TORAH - ONE CHRISTIAN'S PERSPECTIVE  Simchat Torah – One Christian’s Perspective

          The day after Shemini Atzert is referred to as Simhat Torah. It is a time that that the Jewish people rejoice in the gift of God’s Word, and in His promise to write His law on their hearts and in their minds. They focused on the first five books of the Bible known as the Law of Moses or the Pentateuch.

Simchat Torah is also called the Rejoicing of the Torah. This festival takes place in the synagogue. On this day the scrolls are taken out of the ark and a lighted candle is placed inside. A procession of elders march around the reading desk carrying the scrolls. The scrolls are placed back in the ark, except the one of Deuteronomy. It is read aloud, with everyone being called up front to read a portion of it – even the children.

As a Christian this festival  reminds us of God’s Word, the Holy Bible. Simchat Torah is a time to be thankful for the Word of God. A time of rejoicing in the gift of God’s Word, and in His promise to write His law on our hearts and in our minds.

Jeremiah 31:33  NKJV   “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Hebrews 8:10  NKJV     “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

          The day after the Feast of Tabernacles Jesus went to the temple early in the morning. He sat down and began to teach the people that came to Him there. As Jesus was teaching a group of scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Him whom they said was caught in adultery. These men knew what the Law of Moses stated concerning adultery, but they were hoping to trap Jesus into saying something that was contrary to the law.

John 7:53-8:1-11  NKJV     “And everyone went to his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?’ This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ ”

          Jesus did not condemn the woman brought to Him, however He did tell her to “Go and sin no more.“

True repentance is turning from your sin and going the opposite way, to make a conscience decision to turn away from sin. When we encounter Jesus, we too are to go and sin no more. We must allow God’s Word to be more than words on a page. God has given us His Holy Spirit who can write His law on our hearts and in our minds.

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