Contemporary lessons to be learnt from Parashat Balak

 מַה-טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב; מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל

In the Book of Numbers, the Torah tells us the story of a King of Moab, called Balak, who contemplated the accomplishment of the people of Israel and who became very much afraid. The Moabites are the descendants of Lot, born from an incestuous relationship between Lot ( as he was drunk) and one of his daughters.

So Balak went to see Balaam, the son of Beor, who had a solid reputation as a prophet.


Interestingly, Balaam ( transcribed Bilaam in Hebrew), apparently a Midianite, seems to have a lot of common points with Tsipporah ( Moshe’s wife)’s father, Ytro, priest of Midian, as the following, detailed article points it out. More astonishingly, Balak’s father is named Tsippor ( the masculine form for Tsipporah).



Balak expects to receive some consistent help from Balaam to curse the Hebrews.


“Come with us Balaam to curse these Hebrew. We all know that whomever you bless Balaam is blessed and whomever you curse is cursed.”


From the Book of Numbers, it is quite hard to know who Balaam-pronounced Bilaam- actually was. We know from the accounts of Torah that he was probably a Midianite. He was not an Israelite, but he seemed to abide the God of Israel and to prophesy in His Name. Because he acted in HaShem’s Name, his reputation probably grew very fast in Midian and the surrounding regions. This seems to explain why Balak came to him in order to get his enemies ( the Hebrews) cursed. However the prophet seemed to have a syncretist/ or idolatric practice that he will give up while pronouncing the last blessing.




The donkey’s eyes perceive who Balaam is unable to see: the angel of the Lord placed in front of Balaam’s path.


It has been scientifically proven that animals do perceive a lot of things that are invisible ( ultraviolet light, for instance) or inaudible to humans ( like ultrasounds).

In front of Balaam’s stubbornness and also because He wants to rescue the poor donkey from physical abuse, HaShem puts some speech into the animal’s mouth that will unlock Balaam’s sight, who will admit his sin.


I admit that there are many mysteries that I don’t understand about this episode and that it left me perplexed, because the Almighty is telling him to go, but to only obey what He would say.

Some rabbis would argue that HaShem told him to go, because Balaam had his free will-but then why would the Lord add ” do as I say”. I humbly admit that I have no answer, but the disapprobation of HaShem about Balak’s prior intent.


Israel will be blessed three times through Bilaam ( Balaam) ‘s mouth. Note that the Torah states that when Bilaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel ( the Hebrew text specifies that it was good in HaShem’s eyes to bless Israel-see text in red), he gave up his idolatric practices ( enchantments) and he set his face toward the wilderness:


וַיַּרְא בִּלְעָם, כִּי טוֹב בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה לְבָרֵךְ אֶת-יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְלֹא-הָלַךְ כְּפַעַם-בְּפַעַם, לִקְרַאת נְחָשִׁים; וַיָּשֶׁת אֶל-הַמִּדְבָּר, פָּנָיו.



And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at the other times, to meet with enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.”






Lessons for our contemporary world:




  • more than ever before, Israel is surrounded with numerous enemies…Unesco’s twisted policy and lies to deny Israel’s Jewish history on its own soil has brought many nations to turn against Israel. A lot of nations are openly stepping against Israel. Actually Israel has very few allies besides the USA ( since Donald Trump’s election), India, Burkina Faso and the Philippines. This clearly means that the rest of the world believes Unesco’s blatant LIES and is ready to curse the Hebrews publicly. HaShem’s warning in verse 13: ” you shall not curse the people for they are blessed” is VALID in our times, yet very few pay attention to it.
  • a certain category of ” believers” who support replacement theology and who usually slate Israel and hate the Jews in general would like to obtain, though, the blessings from the God of Israel. Paradox? Yes. Jealousy and fear? 100% certain. Approved by HaShem? No way, unless these people repent from their hatred and start blessing the chosen ones of the Living God of Israel!
  • HaShem can speak through the most humble of His creatures. HaShem chose the mouth of a donkey to open Balaam’s sight. 
  • The donkey is also a symbol of the first Coming of the Messiah and His humbleness. Yeshua, the King of the Kings, the Tzadik, entered Jerusalem sitting on a donkey, fulfilling Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!Behold, your king is coming to you;righteous and having salvation is he,humble and mounted on a donkey,on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” 

גִּילִי מְאֹד בַּת-צִיּוֹן, הָרִיעִי בַּת יְרוּשָׁלִַם, הִנֵּה מַלְכֵּךְ יָבוֹא לָךְ, צַדִּיק וְנוֹשָׁע הוּא; עָנִי וְרֹכֵב עַל-חֲמוֹרוְעַל-עַיִר בֶּן-אֲתֹנוֹת

Man is called to walk in humbleness and one should bear in mind not to despise the tiniest creature that HaShem made. HaShem can use the tiniest and the weakest to get powerful messages through.

The verse of Zechariah 9:9 insists twice about our Messiah riding a donkey first using the word hamor “חֲמוֹר“, then ayir  “עַיִר” to speak about the animal.


And…in conclusion, there is more to the word hamor חֲמוֹר” , donkey, than you may actually think!


Did you know?


חֲמוֹר” donkey is linked with the color red…now this is a very Middle Eastern thing! You wouldn’t think of the color red while picturing a donkey…these animals’ robe is usually grey or brown. Well, in ancient Israel and well as in Arabic countries, the color red is associated with tranquility and settlement.

To learn more about the amazing etymology of the word “hamor”, please check this rich ressource.



Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

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“The finger of Elohim”-connections with the plagues of Egypt in Yeshua’s speech

“ואם באצבּע אלֹהים מגרשׁ אני את השׂדים הנה הגיע אליכם מלכוּת האלֹהים”

“But if by the finger of God I drive out the demons, then the Kingdom of God has arrived to you.”

Luke 11:20
While reading Luke, Chapter 11, we do realize how much skeptic the religious establishment, that was essentially composed of Pharisees, was about Yeshua’s good deeds and numerous miracles.

 

Yeshua is wrongly accused to chase demons with the help of Baal Zevuv ( also known as the ” master of the flies” in Hebrew or Beelzebuth).
The expression “אצבּע אלֹהים”, the finger of Elohim  is intimately linked with a well known episode of the Book of Exodus, Chapter 8 verses 14 and 15 ( Shemot),  in Parashat “Vaera” that describes the plague of the frogs, the magicians incapacity and Pharaoh’s hardening of heart. Even the magicians recognize the “finger of the Almighty” in the punishment that strikes Egypt.

Exodus 8:14-15

וַיַּעֲשׂוּ־כֵ֨ן הַחַרְטֻמִּ֧ים בְּלָטֵיהֶ֛ם לְהוֹצִ֥יא אֶת־הַכִּנִּ֖ים וְלֹ֣א יָכֹ֑לוּ וַתְּהִי֙ הַכִּנָּ֔ם בָּאָדָ֖ם וּבַבְּהֵמָֽה׃The magicians did the like with their spells to produce lice, but they could not. The vermin remained upon man and beast;וַיֹּאמְר֤וּ הַֽחַרְטֻמִּים֙ אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֔ה אֶצְבַּ֥ע אֱלֹהִ֖ים הִ֑וא וַיֶּחֱזַ֤ק לֵב־פַּרְעֹה֙ וְלֹֽא־שָׁמַ֣ע אֲלֵהֶ֔ם כַּאֲשֶׁ֖ר דִּבֶּ֥ר יְהוָֽה׃ (ס)and the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God!” But Pharaoh’s heart stiffened and he would not heed them, as the LORD had spoken.Note that the divine might is not at its maximum strength, like during the passing of the Red Sea where it is said that HaShem brought Israel out of the land of Mitzraim ( Egypt) with the “strong hand” (ביד חזקה) alongside with the outstreched arm(וּבזרע וטוּה) -beyad hazaka uvezroa vetuya:

“ביד חזקה וּבזרע וטוּה”
There is an amazing parallel between Yeshua’s confrontation with the Pharisees and the Book of Exodus, Chapter 8:

  • There is big disbelief before an obvious sign of divine intervention: both Pharaoh, and the Pharisees show a hardening of heart before the signs that are visible in front of their very eyes.
  • The magicians are also the agents of Baal Zevuv and Yeshua is mistaken as one of them by the Pharisees, who refuse to give glory to the Almighty.
  • Yeshua’s use of “etsba Elohim”, אֶצְבַּ֥ע אֱלֹהִ֖ים, is not accidental.

One of the obvious sign of the Coming of Melech Maschiach ( the King Messiah) was His capacity of chasing the demons and curing illnesses. If you also go through Marc, Chapter one, you will notice that Yeshua drives out demons with much authority. This kind of authority can only be given from Above.

 

As far as archeology is concerned, Yeshua’s miracle pictured above has been confirmed.

It is also important to note that rabbinic tradition is telling us that the  true Messiah had to be able to fulfill 4 specific miracles:
– heal a metzora ( leper)

– heal a mute person

– heal a man born blind

– raise a person from the dead after three days
Question: Did Yeshua fulfill these requirements?

Answer: Absolutely!
One must also understand that, when Yeshua healed the metsora (leper) in Matthew 8 ( 1-14), He is asking the man to obey Torah by showing himself to the priest and by giving the offerings that Moshe prescribed.

The impressing story of Yeshua healing the deaf and mute man is available in Mark Chapter 7, verses 31 to 37.

The Gospel of John, Chapter 9 and 11, report very accurately the healing of a born-blind person and the resurrection of El Azar (Lazarus).
Because most of them had hardened hearts, many Pharisees failed to recognize the Messiah in Yeshua, in the same way Pharaoh refused to obey HaShem.
It is pointless to put the blame on the Pharisees of the 1st Century, because the hardening of their hearts and the rejection of Yeshua was in HaShem’s plan. Even ancient rabbinic traditions out of the Tanach report that Maschiach ben Yosef had to suffer and to be cut off from His people.

It is hard to accept that Yeshua had to die, especially in this horrible way of Suffering, but you cannot go against the Almighty’s plan.

Rejection from the Jewish establishment allowed the Gentiles access to the Messiah.

Now I would also like to point out, for all the people who are expecting Yeshua’s Second Coming, be very careful to recognize the signs of His Coming. Make sure that your heart will not harden at the sight of Yeshua and that your eyes will really be open on that glorious day.
Expect to meet a Jew, a Hassid, for Yeshua of Netzeret, Nazareth is a true Hassid. He’s the King of the Jews, as many people tend to forget so easily.
In conclusion, I would like to quote Christopher Frederickson, a Messianic rabbi, in his “rabbinic gospel of Mark”, page 26:
“HaShem works mighty miracles in our lives every moment of every day. Though, even the smallest things we take for granted. Having oxygen in your lungs, coming down from the rain clouds that feed the lants we eat and so that the animals we eat can be nourished through the water and the plants.

Hassidic Judaism is focused on gratitude ( Hakarat hatov) so the Creator of the universe may be exalted. And the talmidim of Yeshua were the world’s first Hasidic Jews. As I say often Notzri Judaism is the original Hasidic Judaism”) ( Ref Mark 1, page 26, the rabbinic Gospel of Mark).

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

To the Creator, our lives matter


To our Creator, each of us is a unique masterpiece. We are loved and known intimately. We are important and HaShem desires a relationship with us.


When we realize about the greatness of our Lord, we envision how little and miserable we are as human beings. The little ants we are in the universe are nevertheless of very great value to our Maker.

Gideon said to the Lord: “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my father’s house”.  (Judges 6: 15)

Prophet Yirmiyahu ( Jeremiah) spoke of himself as of an infant. Especially the ones who were supposed to be HaShem’s voice had a belittleling vision of themselves.

I am convinced that HaShem chooses the complexed and the hurt persons to fulfill His plan.

Our eye is sometimes very critical towards our own person. This is often due to the fact that we have been hurt in our early childhood and adult life, sometimes by the individuals who were supposed to be our most intimate relatives or friends.

Even when we do have a strong relationship with Him, it is hard to imagine how much precious we are to our Lord.

Yesterday I stumbled upon the following piece of Scripture from Isaiah , Chapter 43…it also happens to be an exerpt of the Haftara from Sefer Bereshit ( Book of Genesis).

א  וְעַתָּה כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, בֹּרַאֲךָ יַעֲקֹב, וְיֹצֶרְךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל:  אַל-תִּירָא כִּי גְאַלְתִּיךָ, קָרָאתִי בְשִׁמְךָ לִי-אָתָּה.


ב  כִּי-תַעֲבֹר בַּמַּיִם אִתְּךָ-אָנִי, וּבַנְּהָרוֹת לֹא יִשְׁטְפוּךָ:  כִּי-תֵלֵךְ בְּמוֹ-אֵשׁ לֹא תִכָּוֶה, וְלֶהָבָה לֹא תִבְעַר-בָּךְ.

A love that is unconditional

*******

Our existences DO matter to our Creator. If you doubted it, I invite you to read this specific portion of Scripture and to meditate on it.

During Shabbat, I reflected on Daniel’s exile in Babylon. It was very hard for practicing Jewish children to be deported to Babylon. Even if Daniel and his fellow friends were well treated, they were also robbed from their Jewish I.D s and given pagan names.

Yet, they refused to conform to the customs of Babel regarding food and idolatry. Daniel and his friends’ lives were put at risk on many occurences for being faithful to HaShem. 

Even when the children were thrown into the fire, people could witness there was a fourth person walking with them. Daniel and his fellows met their Messiah in the furnace and the fire did not burn them.

The most difficult part for all of us, children of men, is to totally trust our Lord. When difficulties arise and in times of danger, we tend to forget that He is with us!

Remember the Torah verse from Deuteronomy, Chapter 46, verse 4:

 אָנֹכִי, אֵרֵד עִמְּךָ

I myself will descend with you.

These are our Lord’s words. No water, no fire will ever harm us, if we just accept to trust Him.

Our help comes from Him and to Him ALL the glory!

Amen

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

A Hebrew perspective on the accursed tree: more than just a whim from Yeshua’s side


Because of the lack of understanding in the right context, Yeshua’s words and deeds have been the object of wrong or very simplistic interpretations. The estrangement of the Gospels from their very Hebraic roots are responsible of many misinterpretations and misplaced criticism against Yeshua our Messiah.

I’ve often heard that “cursing the fig tree just because He was hungry” was just a whim from Yeshua, some kind of human weakness. Well, this is ignoring the whole symbolism that revolves around the fig tree, starting with Bereshit (Genesis Chapter 3).




The fig tree is a MAJOR symbol. While most people link it with Israel, one must also be aware, that, first and foremost the fig tree is the tree of knowledge (עץ  הדעת). When we read Bereshit, Chapter 3, we undertstand that the fruit that led the first human beings into temptation is the fig ( not the apple-this is a catholic adjunction). When Adam and Eva’s eyes were opened, they became aware of their nakedness and they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves girdles.


Both, fig tree and fig fruit are called “teena” (תְאֵנָה) in Hebrew. You will understand after the scriptural context, which one is meant. In Genesis 3; 7 it is quite clear that “teena” refers to the fig tree leaves.


וַתִּפָּקַחְנָה, עֵינֵי שְׁנֵיהֶם, וַיֵּדְעוּ, כִּי עֵירֻמִּם הֵם; וַיִּתְפְּרוּ עֲלֵה תְאֵנָה, וַיַּעֲשׂוּ לָהֶם חֲגֹרֹת

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves girdles.


The fig tree without the fruit i.e the use of the fig leaves is a symbol of human decadence.


Here is Matthew’s report about the accursed fig tree:


“In the morning, He returned to the city and He was hungry. He saw a fig tree beside the road, and He drew near to it, but found nothing on it except the leaves.

He said to it, “From now on, there shall not be fruit from you ever again!”

Suddenly the fig tree withered.

The disciples saw it and were amazed.

They said: “How did the fig tree wither so suddenly?”

Yeshua answered to them, 

“Amen I say to you, if you have faith and your heart is not divided, you will do things like the deed of the fig tree. 

You will even say to this mountain: ” Be lifted up and be moved in the middle of the sea”, and it will be so. All that you ask in prayer if you believe will come to you.” 


Matthew 21:18-22 Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels


Of course, on a literal level of intepretation, Yeshua was hungry. However, within a single verse, there are always several levels of interpretation, and it is impossible to separate Yeshua’s sayings from Torah studies. One must always remember that Yeshua is a rabbi and that His teachings matter in regards of the Torah.


Mark’s report is intertwined with Yeshua turning over the tables of the Temple merchants.


“The next day, a they went out from Beit-Hini, He was hungry. He aw a fig tree from far away. It has leaves, so He came to see if He could find fruit on it. He drew near to it, but He did not find anything but leaves, because it was not the season of the figs. He answered and said to it: ” From now on, no one will eat from you ever again”. And His disciples heard.” (Mark Chapter 11, verses 12-14) Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels


Probably because Mark added the precision that “it was not the season of the figs”, a lot of people thought that Yeshua just had a temper tantrum.


However, not only must we do our best to read every story in context, we must also understand when the narrator connects another story with a specific episode, which is the case here. The fig tree episode is followed by the story of Yeshua driving out the merchants from the Temple, then Mark goes back to the fig tree:


“They were passing through in the morning, and they saw that the fig tree had withered from its roots. Petros remembered and said to Him, “Rabbi, look!” The fig tree that you cursed is withered!


Yeshua answered and said to them: “Let the faith of God be in you., For, amen, I say to you, anyone who says to this mountain, ” Be lifted up and moved into the middle of the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but rather believes that what he says will be done, so will it be for him as he has said. Therefore, I say to you,  all that you ask in your prayer, believe that you have receive it, and it will be so for you. And when you pray, pardon eeryone for what is in your heart against them, so that your Father who is in Heaven will also forgive your transgressions. But as for you, if you do not pardon, neither will your Father who is in Heaven forgive your transgressions” Mark 11: 20-26


Yeshua’s teaching of the fig tree is tangled with two major elements: discipleship and faith.

Remember that Yeshua always taught that one recognizes a true disciple by his fruit ( Matthew 7:16)




Not only will a true disciple act in faith ( with a heart that is not divided, as Yeshua stated it), but he will also be zealous for Hashem, denouncing any kind of idolatry or injustice, in the same way Yeshua chased the Temple merchants who were corrupted by money.



Discipleship to Yeshua is very demanding. Remember the words of Revelation 3:16:


“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”


Now, what does this have to do with the fig tree?


The fig tree is found bearing NO FRUIT. 

It represents the workers of iniquity, the ones Yeshua will not recognize when He returns.


Hearing Yeshua’s words and knowing them ( even if it is by heart) is not enough. One must bear good fruit, the fruit of love, compassion and forgiveness.

A tree of knowledge (עץ  הדעת) without fruit is BOUND TO DESTRUCTION. Studying is not enough. Only purity of heart and the actions of kindness that proceed from it will grant you access to Hashem.


Also, what are the implications about the Temple? The following, very detailed study, from a Messianic perspective, will allow you to understand the complex association between fig leaves and the downfall of the Second Temple ( foreseen by Yeshua).



Study your Scriptures, but remember to keep love dwelling inside of your heart. Dead faith will wither like the accursed fig tree.



Copyright© by Isabelle Esling







Remembering Jerusalem

N.B: All pictures posted here have been taken during my trip to Israel in April 2017. They ARE subject to copyright, so please kindly ask me prior any use. Thank you.



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

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