This Sunday in church we will recognize the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. Simchat Torah is a celebration of the Word of God. In the Jewish faith the Hebrew word Simchat= rejoicing and Torah= law. Thus, the idea of rejoicing in the law. We as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have every right to rejoice in the Word of God for we believe that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Word of God. For us, as Christians, we should have a sincere appreciation of God’s Word for it is truly a light to directs our path.
The psalmist writes, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws”, (Ps.119:105, 106 NIV). Psalm 119 is 176 verses about the Word of God. God doesn’t want us to miss the importance of His Word. The Word is a light because it provides guidance in a dark and perplexing world which offers us many paths away from God. If we are careless about the path that we choose our life will be characterized by misery, pain, and ruin. It is the Word of God that provides direction that we need as we enter this dark world. The illustration here is to the lamps and torches that were carried at night before Eastern caravans as they made their way to the holy land. Not only does the Word of God direct us into God’s will but it is a light in the path of darkness. The Word shows us the right path to take, and it helps us to avoid going the wrong way. It is not only a light for our eyes to gratify them and to fill our thoughts but it is a light for our feet to direct us in the right path that we must choose. The Word gives light and guidance. It’s critical that you do not find yourself in a dark place without having the knowledge of the Word of God to sustain you or Satan can easily have victory over you.
Remember that when we come to the New Testament, we find that Jesus is the living Word. We read in John’s Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” (John1:1 NIV). Right from the beginning of John’s Gospel he wants us to know who Jesus is. “In the beginning” refers to the indefinite period of time which proceeded all eternity. Jesus always was God. Before there was a world Jesus was the “Logos”. That’s not just the name of a Bible software program. “Logos” implies the intelligence behind the idea itself or the expression of that idea with its corresponding thought.
Jesus as the Word came to reveal God to us. The prologue of John’s Gospel is profoundly theological. He begins his Gospel with the divine and infinite existence of the Lord Jesus Christ. “The Word was God” speaks of Jesus being the eternal God and the self- revelation of God himself. When we worship Jesus as the Word, we worship the eternal God of the universe. He is one with the very being and mind of God, Jesus is the expression of the will and power of God. So, we have reason to celebrate not only the written Word but also the living Word – the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope you have experienced the joy of finding Jesus Christ in the Word for if you have you have great reason for rejoicing and celebrating Simchat Torah. It is the law that points us to our need for a Savior, for none of us can perfectly fulfill the law. But Jesus did fulfill the law on our behalf and when we trust Him we have eternal life.
To God be the glory,