Celebrating People and Words
Sukkot has ended with a lingering feeling of peace and sweetness. Just outside the main entrance to the campground was a sign: No Complaint Zone - Leave all critical spirits here! Sukkot campers obeyed.
This is a season to revisit the anchors of faith: an undying belief in our Messiah Yeshua, a reverence for the Father’s redemptive plan from Genesis to Revelation, and the unity of believers.
Our timing is perfect. Today is Simchat Torah, Rejoicing in the Torah. This traditional Hebrew holiday brings singing and dancing with Torah scrolls. Everyone circles the inside of the sanctuary seven times. The scene resembles a Jewish wedding where the bride encircles her groom seven times.
Simchat Torah is a public declaration of marriage to God’s Word. It depicts the joy of finding refuge in the Creator (Psalm 5:11). It echoes the words of Yeshua's birth mother. “My spirit rejoices in God, my Savior” (Luke 1:47). It recalls the Ethiopian who emerged from the mikveh waters and went on his way rejoicing (Acts 8:39). It even honors the words of Rabbi Paul, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).
Everlasting joy is a crown (Isaiah 35:10). Face the future with a joy that doesn’t depend on circumstances, but on biblical truth.
Published October 25, 2016