Remembering Jerusalem

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Remembering Yerushalayim: yes, it is a Jewish thing!


A few days ago, people were celebrating “Yom Yerushalayim” in reference to the reunification of Jerusalem that occured in 1967. Yom Yerushalayim is a national holiday that starts on the 28th day of Hebrew month Iyyar.



 אִם-אֶשְׁכָּחֵךְ יְרוּשָׁלִָם–    תִּשְׁכַּח יְמִינִי.

תִּדְבַּק-לְשׁוֹנִי, לְחִכִּי–    אִם-לֹא אֶזְכְּרֵכִי

אִם-לֹא אַעֲלֶה, אֶת-יְרוּשָׁלִַם–    עַל, רֹאשׁ שִׂמְחָתִי.


Psalm 137: 5-6


If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
    let my right hand forget its skill!
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
    above my highest joy!


Every male must appear in the presence of the LORD your God three times a year at the place where he will choose: for the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Seven Weeks, and the Festival of Tents.”


Deuteronomy 16:16


Have you noticed that the name Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, is recurrent in the Bible? Did you know that it actually gets 638 mentions?

As a matter of fact: JERUSALEM IS CENTRAL TO JUDAISM.


Starting with the binding of Yitzhak (Isaac) on Mount Moriah: the location of Mount Moriah matches precisely the Temple Mount.

Very often, Scriptures are distorted by unbelievers in order to prove that the God of Israel is “cruel”, because He prescribed Yitzhak’s binding.

Actually Abraham did not lie to Yitzhak when he said : ” HaShem will offer Himself the lamb for burnt offering”. It is a true statement of faith. HaShem knew. Abraham knew. Yitzhak was not meant to be sacrificed in a bloody offering. The binding of Yitzhak is a symbol of recovery. The ram took his place in the same way Yeshua took our place for the punishment we all deserved. HaShem provided for the sacrifice. In the same way, HaShem also provides in our lives in His immense compassion.


At the beginning of Genesis 22, the Torah uses the expression ” eretz Moriah”, the land of Moriah. But we truly learn from verse 14 ( below) that this place is a mountain unlike any other: it is the mount where HaShem provides ( some translations render by “the mount where  HaShem is seen”).


וַיִּקְרָא אַבְרָהָם שֵׁם-הַמָּקוֹם הַהוּא, יְהוָה יִרְאֶה, אֲשֶׁר יֵאָמֵר הַיּוֹם, בְּהַר יְהוָה יֵרָאֶה

So Abraham called that place “the Lord will provide” as it is said  to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” Genesis 22:14

Not only will the following resource make you understand that the location of Mount Moriah is in Jerusalem, it will also allow you to perceive the obvious connection with our Messiah’s crucifixion.

King David’s conquest of Yerushalayim

This photo shows the most ancient Jewish Cemetery of Jerusalem


Each time international organizations and some Arab nations step up to deny Jerusalem’s Jewish sovereignty, the irony is that archeological findings will prove them to be blatant LIARS.


The Tel Dan inscription  confirms the very historical existence of King David. There is some clear mention of the “House of David” on the stone that was discovered in 1993.


The Book of Samuel and the Book of Chronicles in the Bible provide us with details about King David’s conquest of Jerusalem.

While skeptics would always try to contradict biblical stories, archeology confirms many parts of Israel’s history and thus, Bible reports. The discovery of 3000 year old mines of King Solomon, for instance, is of capital importance.


It is obvious ( and confirmed by archelogists and scientists) that there is at least a 3000 year old Jewish presence in Jerusalem.


This speaks volumes in regards of the attitude of ignorant and fanatic people who arrogantly deny any Jewish link in Jerusalem, especially on the Temple Mount that used to be the Beth hamikdash, the Temple, where all Israeli Jews went on pilgrimage 3 times a year.



There are several points to understand:

  • Jerusalem is CENTRAL to Judaism; it is THE holy site for ALL Jews ( also Messianic Jews). This specific and strong link to Jerusalem only exists in Judaism.
  • The soil of Eretz Israel is Jewish people’s promised land: no hater will change HaShem’s decree.
  • ALL replacement theologies, whether they emerge from Christianity or Islam, are CRIMINAL and based on FALSE TEACHINGS.
  • A Gentile believer will be grafted into the Alliance of HaShem. If he is not, and if he has no link with Israel, he does not belong to the Messiah of Israel either. Like it or not, this is the very truth.
  • Since the ancient times, Israel had to fight for its survival. Anybody who denies Israel its right to self-defense is an enemy of the Lord.
  • The Bible, history, archeology and science prove that Israel is Jewish people’s heritage. So, if some people base their assumption on one fairy tale of Mohamed ascending to Jerusalem on a horse and zero Quran references about Jerusalem, to steal the Jews their heritage, I’d call these people by the names they deserve; liars and murderers.
  • Our Messiah will come back at the Mount of Olives and will bring deliverance to His people. Like it or not, Yeshua is an Israeli Jew, the King of the Jews and a teacher of Torah. 

To the Jewish diaspora, the committment to Yerushalayim always made sense. The expression ” next year in Jerusalem” is linked with the Hagada of Pessach and carries a strong meaning of hope and redemption.

Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, is and will remain Israel’s eternal Capital, not because men decided so, but HaShem.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

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One recognizes a tree by its fruit. Faith and action. A little commentary on rabbi Yeshua’s words





What really, really makes a true disciple of Yeshua?


Providing a satisfactory answer to the following question may be more complex than one would think at first sight. Of course, the simple fact of claiming to be a disciple doesn’t make you a true disciple!


The stating point is your heart (לב), lev in Hebrew. In Hebrew, the heart refers to a wider concept than in Western culture. It is truly the seat of your thoughts, emotions and feelings. Everything proceeds from this very place in Hebrew culture.

So your intent must be good and your thoughts like pure water.


אישׁ טוב מאוצר לבו הטוב מוציא את  הטוב ואישׁ רע מאוצר הרע מוציא רע


“A good man, from the storehouse of his heart, brings forth the good.

The evil man, from the storehouse of evil, brings forth evil” Matthew 12:35 Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels


If we look at Matthew 12:35 and the whole paragraph that englobes Yeshua’s thought, we will probably consider that we must mind our words-which is absolutely true. 


Brian Simmons, a pastor based in Panama, offers an interesting translation of Matthew 12:35 to his readers. I discovered it while being in Israel, as his translation of Matthew was available inside of a Messianic shop in Tiberias as a free gift.


“When virtue is stored within the hearts of the good and upright people will produce good fruit. 

But when evil is hidden within, those who are evil will produce evil fruit” (Brian Simmons, Passion translation, Gospel of Matthew) Matthew 12:35


If it is true that all intent proceeds from the heart, we are also meant to trust that Yeshua can and will transform our hearts as we become totally committed to following Him.

This attitude is, of course, intimately linked with faith.

However, how does one notice that our fruits are good?


“By their fruit you will know them. Do they gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?” Matthew 7:16


Well, the Book of proverbs also states:




Our actions are a second indicator that we are taking the right way. Our daily actions speak for themselves. 

Some people are convinced that their actions will bring them Salvation. This is a TOTAL distortion of Scriptures. I have observed much boasting about “righteous actions” from people who kept defining themselves as “righteous”.


One must be aware of the following rule of wisdom. Yeshua is the ONLY Savior. We are, thus, saved by His grace only. None of your actions will ever save you, no matter how hard you will be trying!


On the other hand, if you are a true disciple, you will be committed to applying our rabbi’s teachings. As a consequence, your fruits will be good.


How much do you love and value Yeshua? To what extent is your heart committed to following Him?

If you truly love Yeshua, it will be shown in your daily actions. Yes, your actions will speak louder than your lips and your light will shine before others.

Of course, you will make mistakes, but you will always grab enough energy to do our Messiah’s will.


Last point to remember:


Boasting about your ” righteous actions” is ALSO “bad fruit”!

The true tzaddik doesn’t call himself “righteous”. He will follow in humbleness and let others appreciate. 

Boasting is OF THE DEVIL, because it is honoring yourself instead of giving glory to the Master.


The true disciple is loving and obedient, and willing to resemble Yeshua in his thoughts and actions. Faith and actions go hand in hand with true discipleship.


Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

A few reflections about Yeshua’s Davidic bloodline starting from the Gospel of Mark



N.B: The subject I am speaking about is very complex. On some points, it requires rabbinic expertise and probably access to ancient resources from the 1st century. In no way I do pretend to be an expert. I confess my ignorance on many points. No matter if the arguments and sources quoted in this article appear to be convincing or not, I know that Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel and as such, Maschiach ben David. Of that I am sure, for He encountered my path. 


Yeshua, our Messiah never encouraged people to recite verses like parrots. On the contrary, He is always appealing to people’s intelligence and pushes them to question Scriptures.

The Jewish mind perfectly knows that Scriptures are aimed at debatting, which also often allows a wide range of interpretations, depending, of course, on the portion of Scripture one is studying and on the specific context it refers to.

In Mark, Chapter 12, verses 35 to 37, Yeshua raises an important question:


“How can the scholars say that the Maschiach is the Son of David? 

Did not David say by the Holy Spirit ( Tehilim 110:1): “Hashem said to my master: “sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”

David himself calls him ” master”, so how can he be his son?”



The words above are a clear allusion to our Messiah’s Davidic ancestry.

  • Even blind people and foreigners called Him “Son of David”

The Gospels report ( Luke 18:28; Mark 10:47 and Matthew 20:29) the story Yeshua healing a blind man. To be heard, the man shouted out loudly: “Yeshua, Son of David, mercy me!”

There is another report of the woman from Kena’an requesting deliverance from demons for her daughter:

“A Kena’ani woman was coming out from these regions, saying:

Be gracious, my master, son of David, because my daughter is terribly afflicted by a demon” Matthew 15:22 Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels

  • During his encounter with the angel, Yosef, Yeshua’s adoptive father, is called: “Son of David” as well. This is indeed a detail of importance.

Yosef was thinking about repudiating Miryam secretly, but an angel apostrophed him in a dream:

“He was thinking this way, but then an angel appeared to him in a dream, saying: “Yosef, son of David! Do not be afraid to take Miryam your wife, for what has been formed within her is from the Holy Spirit.”

Note that the angel is calling Miryam “wife” while she is engaged, and this is no coincidence. 

A Jewish ceremony of engagement known as Kiddushin is as binding as marriage. It is a very SERIOUS matter. When two people are engaged, they are promised to each other and should respect their engagement. Yosef thought that he had been betrayed and he intended to secretly repudiate Miryam ( of whom he thought she had been guilty of adultery). You will learn more about the subject from the following resource.

However the angel will confirm what Miryam probably already told Yosef before, that she kept pure and that the holy being (Yeshua) who was conceived is of the Holy Spirit.

  • As a matter of fact: after Yeshua was born, Yosef and Miryam had a true marriage. They were husband and wife to each other. Officially, Yeshua was named “Yeshua ben Yosef”, and as such, He inherited his adoptive father’s lineage.

In the town of Nazareth, Yeshua was considered as Yosef’s son. We can notice it from the derogatory statements people are making about Yeshua at the synagogue of Nazareth, after he read the prophetic scroll of Isaiah:


“Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Miryam? And are not his brothers Yaa’kov, Yosef, Shim’on and Yehudah? And are not all his sisters with us?” Matthew 13:54-55


We can assume that, Nazareth being a little village in the first century, that gossips probably circulated about Yeshua’s virgin birth. Some people were probably in disbelief, while some others probably also never heard about the miraculous event and Gabriel’s visitation to Miryam. But everybody would consider Yeshua as the ” carpenter’s son”, so Yosef’s son.

His civil name was Yeshua ben Yosef.

Through his bloodline, Yosef was a descendant of King David.


However, Yosef’s genealogy, as shown in the Gospel of Matthew is quite puzzling, because it clearly shows that Yosef was a descendant of king Jeconiah, the cursed king ( Jeremiah 22: 24-30). This detail would immediately disqualify Yosef to claim King David’s throne.

It also means that none of his descendants would be able to.

However, the following article offers a specific resolution to king Jeconiah’s curse.

One  other main objection about Yeshua being entitled to David’s throne in orthodox Judaism is that Yeshua being Miryam’s son and not Yosef’s son in the flesh, Yeshua could not claim Yosef’s Davidic bloodline anyway.


The Torah determines one’s Jewish identity bu the mother, yet tribal membership proceeds from the father. 

However, when the father is childless, the person that is closest to him will inherit from him.

Here are a few examples of exceptions:

  • Had Abraham died before having children, Eleazar of Damascus would have been the legitimate successor for Abraham’s kingdom, despite the absence of genetic link between the two men.
  • Two of Yosef’sons ( in Genesis) were adopted by Yaa’kov and inherited from him.
  • we must also be aware of the law of levirate (Deuteronomy 25:5) that allows a dead, childless man’s brother to marry his widow in order to have children.  These children will be entitled to the brother’s inheritance. Some Messianic believers have assumed that the two different genealogies in Luke and Matthew are both about Yosef, but that “Heli” in Luke is probably the deceased brother.

However, another Messianic person pointed out in his article that Miryam was called “daughter of Heli” in the Talmud ( I was unable to find the Talmudic reference).

Have a look at the arguments he develops in his article.

Prophecies about the Messiah’s Davidic bloodline


The Tanach contains very clear prophecies on this subject. Here are a few:

  • “Behold, the day come, said the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous shoot, and he shall reign as king and prosper, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” Jeremiah 23:5
  • “And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David, he shall feed them and he shall be their shepherd.” Ezekiel 34:23
  • “And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse and a twig shall grow forth out of his roots.” Isaiah 11:1

Finally, here is Hashem’s prophecy to King David:

“When your days are fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up a seed after you that shall proceed out of your body, and I will establish his kingdom.” 2 Samuel 7:12

Jewish gematria: David ben Yishai and Yeshua, a perfect match

According to you, what are the odds for David ben Yishai and Yeshua to be a perfect match in gematria? 

While doing my research about Yeshua’s Davidic lineage, I came across the image posted above. I had prayed for Yeshua to help me in my quest and the image just showed up on google.

Maschiach ben David, which is spoken of in the 15 th blessing of the Amidah, refers to our Adon Yeshua

It becomes very obvious that the 15th blessing is about Yeshua once we replace “Salvation’ with its very Hebrew meaning, Yeshua.

“Speedily cause the offspring of David, your servant to flourish and lift up his glory by your divine help because we wait for your YESHUA all the day.

Blessed are you, o Lord, who causes the strength of YESHUA to flourish”.

Blessed be Yeshua, the Son of David, our Messiah, for ever and ever.

Amen

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Moschiach King’s love will conquer the world ( from the draft “Figments of Light”)

Numerous will they be, assaillants of the face if the earth. Myriads of prideful leaders will want to impose force and terror.

They will blindfold the masses and conduct them to the path of error.

The blind masses will elevate wickedness and hail it ; they will persecute the righteous.

They will be keen on imposing their standards and make them the official norm. When the levels of evilness will be at their apogee, you will notice the satisfactory glance into their soulless eyes.

When the earth will have sunk into total darkness, the artisans of wickedness will shout out in arrogance, praising the dark forces in a sarcastic laughter.

Then silence will be imposed to all from the authority of Heaven.

A huge flash of light will appear in the sky ; the wicked and the humble will both contemplate the Son of Man’s Coming in glory.

« Shofars were warning us ; we would not listen », rotten souls will glance at Him in terror, crying for mercy with no intent of Teshuva ( repentance).

Yeshua, the King of glory will discard them.

The glory of the Shekinah will float in the air ; the righteous will acclaim the Master.

Moschiach King’s Coming will generate an explosion of light like never before.

It is Shabbat ; I am walking in the street. I have the word « Bereshit » in front of my very eyes. I am playing with the combination of words I already know such as « Berith esh », «  Alliance of fire ». I am asking myself about other possibilities to arrange letters together.

All of a sudden, the expression « Bar Ish » imposes itself to me.

« Bar Ish », is that the equivalent of « Ben Adam » ?

After Shabbat, I am interrogating my computer and the astonishing answer is YES.

Yeshua just showed me that He was hidden in the first word of the Torah.

This revelation is so powerful. In the beginning was the Word. Yeshua, the author of my Salvation, the Living Torah, the Word made flesh unveiled my sight !

Where Yeshua remains, darkness will flee. My soul finds its peace in Him.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Lessons learnt from Na’aman’s healing (2 Kings 5)

Among many skin diseases, leprosy (tza’arat in Hebrew) was probably one of the worst that could happen to anyone. According to the Torah, you were declared IMPURE if affected by the disease. If you were part of the Community of Israel, a law of quarantine was applied to you.

Na’aman was affected by this disease. The full story is reported in the Second Book of the Kings, Chapter 5. Thanks to his young Israeli captive, his wife’s servant, Na’aman would be cured completely.
naaman healing

I recently re-read the full story and our Lord showed me some invaluable teachings about Na’aman’s healing.



Beware: pride is your worst enemy


Na’aman expected prophet Elisha to come in person and to act in a certain way regarding his healing. This was probably his personal conception of healing. The general also felt offended because Elisha did not come in person and sent a servant instead to give him some precise instructions about his healing.


I too confess unnecessary pride when expecting healing from our Lord. I do repent of this behavior upon which Yeshua opened my eyes. I am asking Him to forgive me. I am now open to any healing method He may choose for my healing, because, in His immense wisdom, He knows much better.

We must truly learn to let Hashem be Hashem. He is sovereign over ALL type of illnesses and He will choose the healing method that is adapted to your specific case.



Why the Yarden ( Jordan river)?

anochi

Genesis 46:4

yarden river
The choice of the Yarden is very symbolic, as well as number 7 ( seven immersions).

The word Yarden in Hebrew (יַרְדֵּן) contains the root “ירד“, to descend. Being immersed is a passing from death to life. Na’aman’s immersion is a type of baptism.

The number 7 represents Creation, good fortune and blessing.

Giving up idols

Na’aman’s complete healing has some direct consequences in his life:

  • Na’aman recognizes Adonai, the God of Israel as the ONLY God.
  • Na’aman is willing to give up idols
  • Na’aman learns that Hashem’s gift is FREE. Elisha refuses any present.

If you have been offered the gift of healing, DO NOT CHARGE PEOPLE, for it is A BIG SIN in Adonai’s eyes.

I am not making this up. You are not supposed to make this a business, unless you want to experience Geichazi’s punishment!

This is what Yeshua taught: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received WITHOUT PAYING. Give WITHOUT PAY” Matthew 10:8

Anybody who would charge a healed person would sin greatly and expose himself to divine punishment.

In short, here are important points to remember:

  • Adonai’s plan is being accomplished through Na’aman
  • Na’aman’s healing and conversion
  • The solution came via an Israeli captive- never underestimate the most humble person’s advice
  • let Hashem be Hashem: accept His plan to heal you
  • Do not charge people if you have been granted a healing gift from Above

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

He cares, therefore we should trust Him at all times

The three statements of wisdom from Scriptures





It seems so easy to trust our Lord when everything goes right.

When obstacles arise, we tend to panic. Especially in our contemporary times, that are marked by Islamic terror, people prompt to become fearful.



However the Book of Proverbs clearly exhorts us not to be afraid of sudden terror:



“Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked when it comes.” Proverbs 3:25


If our hearts really belong to Hashem, there is nothing, absolutely nothing to be scared about.


Our Lord promises us that the wicked will know their demise.




Whatever the wicked plots, ( be it corporate evil people coming together), whoever the wicked associates with, the Almighty is with us.


” Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing. Speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us.” Isaiah 8:10



This statement is true in our personal lives; it is also valid regarding all corporate leaders of the nations plotting against Israel ( like Unesco’s denial of Jerusalem ‘s Jewish roots and of Jerusalem being Israel’s Capital; this is just one example among many others).


People plot, but Hashem’s judgments come to pass.




Hashem is a personal God. He cares about each and everyone in the detail.


“Even to your old age I am He

and to gray hairs I will carry you

I have made, and I will bear,

I will carry and I will save.” (Isaiah 46:4)





Whoever places his confidence in man will be greatly deceived.

Whoever  places his confidence in our Maker is building upon a rock ( Even= Av-Ben-stone=Father-Son).


May He inspire you to make the right choice! Amen.







Copyright© by Isabelle Esling