It is an amazing thing that God desires a relationship with rebellious mankind. From the very beginning the Lord desired to create us in order to make those who are willing, a part of His family. We have arrived at the end of the week of Sukkot, the time when God comes to live among His creation. I hold that this is the week that Jesus was born to be our salvation, when the Word became flesh and entered the world. How appropriate that the week ends with Simchat Torah or the “Rejoicing of the Torah”. Remember that Torah can mean both revelation and instruction. Why is it the rejoicing of the Torah, as if the Torah can rejoice? If Jesus is the Word of God, the part the Godhead that interacts directly with man, it would follow that when He came to dwell with us, He rejoiced.
We should celebrate the fact that the Lord has revealed Himself to us. He has revealed His instruction in living, His instruction in righteousness. His perfect and infallible word. Jesus, the living Word of God, has no beginning or end, He is the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega (Aleph and the Tav). With this in mind, we do not end our study of the Torah, God’s word, as if we can know all that God can instruct. On this day (Simchat Torah) we read the last chapter of Deuteronomy and we also read the first chapter of Genesis. In Deuteronomy, we read of the death of Moses and his burial by God. In Genesis, we that God makes all things new as He breathes the breath of life into Adam.
John chapter 1 instructs us that it is Jesus who is the Word of God that brings life. That was in the beginning with God and is God. All things were made by Him and without Him nothing was made. It is important for us to understand that if we believe God that this is true we should not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus. We cannot shrink from God’s testimony that He created everything. He did it in six days and rested on the seventh. This rock of truth is foundational. Without it the truth of scripture is denied. When we deny the revelation of scripture, we deny that God is who He says He is.
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