Dr. Himie Pickett
Simchot Torah is a Jewish festival for reflection and rejoicing with the Torah. The Torah is the first five books of the Bible. The Torah is read in an annual cycle, and at the end of the cycle is the one day festival named Simchot Torah (Rejoicing with the Torah).
Notice the preposition with. It is said that they are to rejoice with or literally dance with the Torah. The reading of the Torah is a sign that Joshua 1:8 is being observed:
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Reading the Torah is a constant reminder of the many prophecies that are within the Torah.
Let’s examine the Scriptures:
Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Jehovah thy God, to observe to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that Jehovah thy God will set thee on high above all the nations of the earth: 2and all these blessings shall come upon thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of Jehovah thy God. 3Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy beasts, the increase of thy cattle, and the young of thy flock.5Blessed shall be thy basket and thy kneading trough.6Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7Jehovah will cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thee: they shall come out against thee one way, and shall flee before thee seven ways. 8Jehovah will command the blessing upon thee in thy barns, and in all that thou puttest thy hand unto; and he will bless thee in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee. 9Jehovah will establish thee for a holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee; if thou shalt keep the commandments of Jehovah thy God, and walk in his ways. 10And all the peoples of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of Jehovah; and they shall be afraid of thee.11And Jehovah will make thee plenteous for good, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which Jehovah sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 12Jehovah will open unto thee his good treasure the heavens, to give the rain of thy land in its season, and to bless all the work of thy hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13And Jehovah will make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if thou shalt hearken unto the commandments of Jehovah thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them, 14and shalt not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
The Jewish people constantly remind themselves to be obedient to the Word of YHWH. (ASV)
The Conservative, Orthodox, and Reformed Jews who annually read the Torah read it while being ignorant of the fact that their Messiah has come.
How much more should believers in Messiah rejoice or dance with the entire Word of YHWH (Genesis – Revelation)?
Let’s learn from our Jewish friends and learn to read the Bible daily and rejoice because of it. If the Torah and the entire Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) helped the Jews to remain extant for 2,000 in unbelief that the Messiah has come, how much will Genesis- Revelation help us to live today.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 14Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need.
Thank you YHWH for allowing us to rejoice (dance) with your Word. We will read it, meditate on it, and rejoice with it quotidianly (daily).