This week, Jewish communities will celebrate Simchat Torah (Joy of Torah) all over the world the Torah scrolls will be rolled back from the last reading of Deuteronomy to Genesis and the Torah cycle of readings will begin again with the first portion of Genesis. There is always a time of great rejoicing and dancing during this special service as we remember that Torah is never ending. The Word, as it says in Psalms 119:89, Forever, Adonai, Your word stands firm in the heavens.
And also in 1 Peter 1:23-25,
You have been born again—not from perishable seed but imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All humanity is like grass, And all its glory like a wildflower. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, But the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was proclaimed as Good News to you.
So we are not actually starting over again, but circling back to the beginning in one continuous journey through the never-ending Torah. It is this continuous circling of Torah and time that allows us to see the recurring themes of Scripture, which are often referred to as types and shadows. These events help us to understand the concept spoken of in Isaiah 28:10,'For it must be ‘precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.’
In order for us to understand the writings of the New Testament authors, we must have some understanding of the previous writings of the Scriptures. It is only by reading the Scripture in the circular way of the never-ending that we can get glimpses of the perfect intentionality of G-D’s Word, which is only complete and understood when we realize every word is interconnected and interdependent.
One example of the interconnecting of Sc