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







Visibility of the Shekinah, cloud of glory (from “Heart of a Savior”)

“Then the glory of the Lord rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord”

Ezekiel 10:4

 

 

snir river

Dear readers, I have no idea how these words came together within two days…all i know is that Yeshua directed my feather. We spoke about the Shekinah, landscapes of Galilee, discipleship and Holy Spirit and here I am sharing our conversation with you. May you be blessed in abundance:)

“My sweet child, there is much more to experience for the committed heart than most people actually think. Most humans reduce me to their limited dimension, because they really fear approaching me.

I told you that I appeared to you as a simple man, because I perfectly knew that you were able to bear this vision.

Child, you must know that discipleship is a gradual learning process. As you will advance with me, your sight will be opened to much more.

All I require from you is a total trust.

I came close to you because your heart I can read like a transparent river.

You do possess attributes that are needed to be a committed disciple. You are not even conscious of some of them.

Our friendship is meant to grow and I will show you much more.

I’ll invite you to the desert and I’ll wrap you into the light of my Glory.

Seeing more of me will allow you to use more compassion towards individuals.”

“Will I be able to take it, my Yeshua?”

“Child, you will be prepared. The first step is to feel comfortable in the desert. When I am speaking of the desert, I mean, of course, a chosen loneliness with me. Not anybody is able to receive this teaching, because the great majority will reject the state of loneliness in dismay.

However, let me remind you of the words of Isaiah 41:10

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Not everybody is meant to experience this with me; not everybody has the strength to become detached.

My voice becomes audible in a perfect silence; this silence must emanate from both, the inside and the outside. One individual must be willing to listen.

Why do you think that the Shema is Israel’s main statement of faith? Listening, without speaking. Hearing the words that I am pouring abundantly from my heart into your heart, so they can flow like a river of life are the foundations to a strengthened faith.

I don’t blame people, though. The contemporary world leaves less space for introspection. The enemy uses technology to get people out of reality.

I had to intervene for you from the cyber space you were living in. You know it is true, my daughter. I used the internet to reach out to you.

Your Lord is able to overcome any man-made barrier. Trust me, child, for you are meant to be taken to higher realms.

I want you to know me, Yeshua, as a person.

Tell people to seek me more and to retire from dogmas and theories.

Tell them to amend their hearts and to cry out to me.

Have I ever refused to respond to anybody who was seeking me earnestly?

To the mocker I will give an ironic response.

You will find some sarcastic and corrupt souls on your way. Just ignore them and go to the thirsty ones to testify about me.”

“I will retire to the depths of my quiet soul and listen to your voice, my sweet Lord. I will open up more to your presence. Take me where I am meant to be, oh my pure heart…”

“Now let me reveal you something, child. Man was conceived to live out a wonderful romance with the Creator. Each of you, each single human being’s life purpose is to ascend the high dimensions of my love before they love a partner or a friend.

So many people react by fear when confronted with the depths of my love, because they suddenly glance at something that surpasses their understanding completely. This is how so many will run to other men rather than staying in my presence. I know, child, what you are thinking. I know you think that my presence is really the best they could ever get and you are right about it.

But put yourself in their skin: I represent the part of unknown they are scared about and the mirror that will expose their awful sins. They do fear my judgment. They are less scared to wear a mask in front of their fellows.

You will find so many people who pretend to love me, but who would die if I touched their shoulder like I touched yours, so many times. They will speak good about me, they’ll quote Scriptures, for sure they will, but in total avoidance of my person.

You wanted to approach me and I let you approach me, my daughter, because you identified the human part in me. You too would have run away from the very divine manifestation of my being.

Therefore, I am preparing you to be able to face what you’ll see.

The purity in divine love is sharp as a sword and if you walk towards it unprepared it can tear you to pieces.

Man must be willing to undergo the process of purification, even after being saved. One must learn how to ascend the mountain. This is what you are being shown, very slowly, so you’ll be able to access the greatness of my dimension.

Child, I increased your love for me. How do you feel about it?”

“Oh Lord my love, I feel like being on a cloud. I am bathed in your light. How could I describe the proximity with you that I am experiencing?

Your hands are holding me from the inside, and your presence is like a soft breeze into my soul. I am ascending to unknown heights.’

“You are being allowed into a higher sphere because now you trust me more. As your trust will be growing, your knowledge will grow accordingly.”

 

 

galileee 87

“Lord, my sight opens up to the dark mountains and the yellow meadows of Galilee. I glance at this landscape that evokes freedom in my mind. I am breathing you in and out in this wonderful space that I am embracing with my soul. Your visions are reconnecting me with nature, my beloved.”

“Child, I am transporting you where you belong. These places where you are taken to in Spirit are very real, as you probably noticed it.

Come and walk with me. As you advance on this path of raw nature, there are just the two of us. Now let your heart speak, child…”

“I raise my hands up to the sky, Adonai, my love, take me to the mountain.”

“I knew you’d chose your Lord’s highest heights. I’ll take you there. Be patient. When all barriers of fear will have fallen, you’ll ascend much higher.

The Holy Spirit will envelop you and you’ll taste the freshness of the morning dew. Child, we are One, don’t you know?

You are still acting as if we were separated. I, the Source of all life, do live within you. Cherished are you, my beloved child, and blessed. I’ll explained it to you, so many times, but you need to get more acquainted with the works of the Holy Spirit. Child, you are saved, and since you are saved, I am not external to you anymore. Call me from within. Your body is the place of residence of the Holy Spirit, my daughter. As long as your heart is close to mine and you are keeping my Command, you will sense a strong presence of the Spirit at all times.

There is so much more for you to experience on your path to true discipleship. Oh child, wait until you perceive more. Your soul will stand in awe.

You are ascending, but your ascent needs to be slow and measured, in accordance with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

My daughter, you will come much closer to me. Therefore, you need to immerse yourself into the depth of silence-a silence most people are unable to take. Your inner being needs to leave place to the Holy Spirit, so your sight will be opened little by little. Thirsty you are, come drink freely and abundantly-then speak and share what you’ve seen and received.

Hearts will be changed and touched if you proceed after my instructions.”

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

The true disciple knows (from Heart of a Savior)

« Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father,a daughter against her mother,a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.


Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. »

Matthew 10:34-38

Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. (Luke 6:22-23)

« My dear child, do not expect to be understood. You’ll often be misquoted. Some people might put dirt on you when your intent is totally pure. My beloved daughter, true discipleship costs you everything. You know it. It isn’t easy to have me as a friend. At the time I walked the earth, some of the disciples I had, besides the Twelve, departed from me, because my words made them feel uncomfortable.

Child, I am not hiding this from you : sometimes your eyes will be filled with tears. They will slate you for being mine. I never hid from my disciples that they’d be persecuted for following me.

The truth is hard to swallow ; notice that many people want the bright sight of discipleship. They want to see miracles, healings and the beauty of my light, but when comes persecution, they flee from me.I do not condemn them, though.Not every human is able to understand and to carry the hardships of discipleship. Some individuals are just disciples of a moment, yet they swear they’ll stay forever. It is the Holy Spirit that will give you strength and root you deeply into me. Therefore one must ask for guidance from the Spirit and trust me at all times.

Child, you are chosen. Because you are chosen, you are being taught discipleship. I told you that I want to be your sole teacher. All this time spent in silence is your teaching in the desert. Your ears can only catch my words when your mind is completely silent. You’ll be called a fool many times by the most foolish ones. I am teaching you detachment in a way very few disciples will reach. It doesn’t go without pain. Child, it isn’t easy. Just trust me. You desire closeness between us ; it will be granted to you. The more you’ll reach detachment, the closer to me you’ll be. »

« My sweet Lord, it sometimes feels lonely to be a disciple of yours. I turned my back on many earthly passions in order to gain the wealth of your kingdom. Yeshua, keep guiding me. Your precious friendship is my highest good. You made me a disciple. Give me strength to bear what I have to carry for your love’s sake. The more I am advancing with you, the more I am aware of my incapacity to love. Teach me how to love, Lord. Help me, Holy Spirit, to act according to my Lord’s wisdom. Help me treat people with kindness. »

« You will be able to contemplate the very depths of my heart, this is a privilege that is denied to many. I let you travel through my mind and see through my eyes. Your Savior is love ; love is not what most people think it is. It goes together with acceptance, detachment and humbleness. It implies empathy. I’ve shown you that some people are into prison because of their own attitudes ; be merciful, because they are unaware of it. Look at everybody with my eyes. I’ll unveil details of their inner being to you. The hateful and the aggressive person are people in deep pain and anguish, self-stabbing people. They don’t know that most of their pains are self-inflicted. I’ve healed such people.

Child, you are often wondering why physical healing in my Name does not occur straight away. The reason is simple : I need to cure people’s hearts before I am healing their bodies.

Your own heart is still wounded and bleeding, child. Let me heal your heart completelty. Let me give you more strength, before I can heal your body. Do not despair about your physical healing, each step is necessary.

You must trust the wisdom of my timing. »

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Tolerance: a new pretext for lewd and immoral behaviors?



Tolerance is a good thing when used wisely. I do consider that it is always good to be open-minded towards other people.

However, when it comes to supporting lewd and immoral behaviors, I do think that one should have the courage to raise their own voice against the so-called “tolerance” people are advocating nowadays as an excuse for immorality.


Does that justify tolerance?



I was utterly shocked when I came across an article that was advertising the “marriage” of three women in Brazil. To me, this kind of “event” symbolizes the state of moral decay in which our contemporary society stands.


I once commented on a website that promoted gay “marriage”. I simply pointed out that a marriage is supposed to be the union between a man and a woman. Some people made fun of my comment, stating that ” you are so old-fashioned; society changes and you do not” .


No, I don’t change my views on marriage just because society says so. I am not doing this to prove myself right. All I know is that the Bible defines the marriage as the union of a man and a woman.


Leviticus 18:22 clearly states: ” You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; it is an abomination.”


We as followers of Yeshua our Messiah are defined as “the salt of the earth” and we should aim at preventing society from corruption by all means.


It is very important that our behavior is in agreement with what we preach.

It is a sin to copy contemporary society’s behavioral patterns. 



How far will they be pushing it? 



On the account of “tolerance”, once again, just a few months after the heavy, worldwide promotion of gay “marriage”, some UK researchers (University graduates) were advocating paedophilia


According to their twisted theories, paedophilia is “natural and normal” for males.


How far will this kind of “tolerance” go? 


It will encourage predators to harm children on a worldwide scale. I think that we need to raise alarm here and question individuals’ immoral beliefs. Anybody is concerned (even if you are childless) with children’s safety.


Children are supposed to be preserved in their innocence.

In the same way, massive promotion of the “gender theory” and perverted sexual education starting from kindergarten is endangering our kids.


I don’t know about you, but to me it is quite clear that this is the devil’s work. The book of Genesis clearly states that we were created “male” and “female”. Our Creator gave us a defined gender, either male or female.


The enemy is attacking the very foundations of family.


Chaos is unavoidable, as our Lord announced it to me, unless people repent from their sinful behaviors. The world as it is now has reached a peak in corruption and perversion.


If you are not in agreement with contemporary  (obscene) tendencies you are viewed as “reactionary” and “old fashioned”. I don’t care what people think of me. I will keep defending virtues instead of vices, should I stand alone with my views.



If people are not attentive to this slide in moral decay, what is going to happen next? Zoophilia might become the next “cool thing”…or even worse?


When our moral safety is concerned, we should allow ourselves to be intolerant.


Purity and holiness are not an option for the true follower of our Messiah, they are indeed a commandment.


There is a promise of heavenly blessing in Psalm 24, verses 3 to 5:


“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord and who shall stand in His holy places?


He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.


He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the Lord of his Salvation.”


Copyright© by Isabelle Esling