Messiah Yeshua’s application of the “pikuach nefesh” principle

People who didn’t grow up into Jewish culture often fail to understand the Gospels in their true context. If you want to study the Bible properly, it is mandatory to learn the culture and the language, in order to avoid huge misunderstandings.

Christianity often stated that “Yeshua abolished the Law, the Torah”, which is completely wrong ( see Matthew 5:17).

Moreover Yeshua is often presented a “Shabbat breaker/basher”, which is totally untrue again.

This may be a shocker to some people, but Yeshua didn’t come to start a new doctrine called “Christianity”.


Rabbi Yeshua applied Torah, because He is Jewish!


After reading this article, you will understand that rabbi Yeshua’s application of the Torah is orthodox. A Jewish orthodox rabbi who is Torah-savvy would do the same in our contemporary world.



Yeshua opposes to the Pharisees whose rigid practice often excludes compassion. When Yeshua seemingly breaks a rule, especially during Shabbat, it is NOT to profane Shabbat, but rather to apply a specific halachic rule called ” pikuach nefesh”פיקוח נפש“.


What exactly is “pikuach nefesh”? How does one apply it?


Torah references: Leviticus 18:5 ” You shall therefore keep my statutes…which if a man do, he shall live by them”

Talmudic reference from the Babylonian Talmud: ” That he shall live by them, and not that he shall die by them.” ( Yoma 85b)


When facing a matter of life and death or each time life should be preserved, Shabbat laws are to be adjourned.


The reason why I am adding a talmudic reference is that I am convinced that not only did Yeshua know Torah perfectly, but He was also very much aware of the application of oral laws back in the first century. The Talmud only has bad press among the people who don’t understand its purpose and who misinterpret some of its words. It is often stated that the Talmud contains bad words about a “Yeshu” who was condamned for sorcery and who is said to have had 4 disciples. This is not Yeshua of Nazareth. Yeshua of Nazareth was known to have 12 disciples and the motives of his condemnation was blasphemy because He quoted Daniel 7:13 and 14 and stated that He was Ben Elohim.


Rabbi Yeshua and “pikuach nefesh”



There are many examples of rabbi Yeshua’s application of “pikuach nefesh” on Shabbat.

One must be very careful in interpreting the Gospel text. Somebody who is not familiar with the Hebrew context may think that Yeshua “broke” or “profaned” Shabbat, which is totally untrue.

Because of His perfect knowledge of Torah in the detail, Yeshua can oppose the Pharisee’s rigid practice, that so often lacks compassion.

Back in the 1st century, Yeshua is very likely to have objected to the Pharisees: “ze pikuach nefesh”, this is pikuach nefesh ( and I am entitled to do it!)


Yeshua favors life and doing good on the holy day of Shabbat. He restores what is sick and broken.


By checking the following resource, you will understand that Yeshua exactly did what was commanded ( the rule of pikuach nefesh) in cases of illness or life threatening conditions during Shabbat.



“He passed on from there to their synagogue. A man was there whose hand had withered. In order to find wrongful words to hold against Him, they asked him: “Is it permitted to heal on Shabbat?”

He said to them:

“Is there a person among you with a sheep, that if it were to dall into a cistern on Shabbat, you would not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more precious is a man than a sheep! Therefore, it is permitted to do good on Shabbat.”


He said to the man, ” Stretch out your hand”. He stretched it out, and it was healed and returned to being like his other hand.


Then the Prushim ( Pharisees) left and deliberated about how to destroy Him.


( Matthew 12: 9-14)



John Chapter 9, verses 1 to 38 depict the healing of a man born blind on Shabbat, which of course, provokes a lot of animosity among the Pharisees, who describe Yeshua as a person who desacrates Shabbat. But then again, some others declare that nobody can do such otioth ( signs) if he is not sent from Above. 


Please note: not all the Pharisees step up against Yeshua. They are actually divided about Him.


I won’t expand on this chapter, as it is quite complex, but I suggest that you read the story from the Orthodox Jewish Bible and from the English Standard Version (ESV).


There are so many other examples of Yeshua applying the rule of “pikuach nefesh”. John, Chapter 5 describes the miraculous healing of a sick man who had been plagued for 38 years at the pool of Beit-Chasda. 


Verse 18 in the Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels posed me a problem, because it states that Yeshua ” profaned” the Shabbat, but then I realized that John placed the reader in the perspective of the Pharisees. It is essential that you remember this point, because a misinterpretation of  Gospel verses led a lot of people ( including horrible nazi propaganda minister Goebbels) into antisemitic thought.

Yeshua cannot go against His own kinsmen and let me tell you that Yeshua was there when people eliminated them. Yeshua has been to the depth of horrors and suffering Himself and He would never discard His own people.



Points to remember:

  • Rebbe Melech Moschiach Yeshua is addressed as ” rabbi”, because this is what He is. Yeshua has been raised as a practicing Jew. His words have to be understood into context, otherwise you will miss the point.
  • Yeshua does not break Shabbat! He applies the rule of “pikuach nefesh” to bring relief to the sick and to save lives, as it is prescribed in Torah. When He appears to be breaking Torah, the Gospel writer exposes this from the Pharisees’ angle.
  • Yeshua’s followers are Jewish, most of the people backing Him are Jewish. Most of His opponents come from the religious establishment in Jerusalem. The crowds, especially in Galilee, love Him!
  • Yeshua did not create a new “doctrine”, but always showed people how to apply Torah perfectly with much compassion. From a Christian point of view, Yeshua discards Torah with a very relaxed approach-this point of view is very misleading about our Messiah’s intent! While Yeshua is very compassionate and forgiving, He always asks people to comply with what Moshe said and also, to stay away from sin.




© 2017 by Isabelle Esling

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

Our Messiah is pro Torah!

If you have been told that Yeshua wanted to abolish the Torah and replace Israel with the Gentiles, you have been lied to. Centuries of Scripture mistranslations and distortions have encouraged ” replacement theology” and antisemitic views of the Gospels.



Yeshua is very much pro-Torah


The very truth is that our Messiah Yeshua has a deep love for Israel and is deeply rooted into Torah.

Whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, Yeshua will bring you to Torah through His invaluable teachings.

Thanks to Yeshua, you will learn how to apply Torah with your heart.


The testimony of many orthodox Jews who came to faith in Yeshua our Messiah is that Yeshua our Messiah made them even more Jewish!


How could it be any different? Yeshua is the King of the Jews, the Anointed, and His teachings are all about Torah, there is nothing to argue about that.


Dishonest people would base their arguments on translated versions of the Bible. Let me tell you: your arguments are INVALID. You need to read the Bible into CONTEXT, otherwise you are just fooling yourself.


What your priest, pastor, rabbi or whoever else says is not necessarily a reflection of the truth!

Yeshua is truth, His words are reliable and truthful and if you want to walk in truth, you MUST understand what our rabbi meant! This is not an option, this is MANDATORY.



The Torah, book of signs and wonders


Why am I making this statement?

The Hebrew word for “letter”is אוֹת- which is translated by ” sign or miracle”.

So each Hebrew letter in itself is a sign of wonders.


If this wonderful Book of Truth is a book of sign and wonders, why would Yeshua our Messiah abolish it? Never has it been His intent! 


Yeshua has been misquoted!



Luke, Chapter 16, verses 16 and 17 read in context ( Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels)


“The Torah and the Prophets were given until Yochanan.

From that time on, the good news of the Kingdom was given.

Everyone will enter with a strong hand.

But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one thorn (kotz in Hebrew, i.e a small stroke, part of a Hebrew letter) to fall away from the Torah”



התורה והנביאים נתנוּ עד־יחנן וּמן־אז והלאה בשׂרת מלכוּת האלֹהים וכל־אישׁ ביד חזקה יבוא בה׃ אבל נקל לשׁמים ולארץ לעבר מאשׁר  יפל קוץ אחד ממן־התורה



Our Lord clearly points out, that although the Torah and the Prophets were given prior Yochanan the Immerser ( John the Baptist), and despite the revolution of the Kingdom of Heaven induced by Him, not even a single stroke would fall away from the Torah!


Why are there still people speaking about the ” burden of Torah”? You all need to recover from your blindness! May Yeshua open your eyes about the true meaning of His very rabbinic words!


Still not convinced? Let us go a little bit deeper into our Messiah’s words.


The kotz of the yod


Yod is the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 

What Yeshua actually states is that not even a “kotz” of a yod will fall away from the Torah.


Where is the kotz in the yod?


The following picture will give you a more precise idea.



The kotz is comprised in the inferior part of the smallest letter ( see picture).

We are speaking of a microcosm here! 

Our Messiah is telling us that the Torah is a sure value, strongly bound together and that it is here to stay forever.


It is up to you to accept or reject Yeshua’s words.


May Yeshua bless all of you who are reading this article and develop in you a will to walk in Truth.



Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

The true Messiah of Israel

I know that the following article is going to raise controversy on both, the Jewish and the Gentile side. I hesitated a long time before writing it. Nevertheless, all in all, I think that it is worth publishing it, for the truth has to be told, regardless of various opinions on the subject.

Opinions are just opinions, and they don’t really matter in front of the truth.

Two thousand years ago Hashem fulfilled the promise of sending a Messiah to Israel. Yeshua accomplished many signs and miracles and brought, through His presence, the kingdom of Heaven to earth. But Yeshua’s mission was ultimately to die on the Cross, so all mankind could access Salvation.

When He walked the earth as Yeshua ben Yosef, it was really hard to recognize Him as the Messiah, unless through a revelation from the Holy Spirit, as given to Peter.

For the Gentiles to access Salvation, Yeshua had to be rejected by the Jewish religious establishment. Yet, it is often interpreted as His rejection by all the people of Israel, which is a truly misrepresented fact. Not only were all of Yeshua’s first disciples Jewish, but a lot of people in Israel revered Him and loved Him. Some of them, like Nicodemus, followed Him secretely out of fear from the religious establishment. Some contemporary rabbis in Israel do act in the same way.

When Yeshua our Messiah was crucified, young women in Jerusalem are reported to have been crying, a fact that has been occulted in Christianity although it is clearly reported in the Gospels.

Both communities separated from the real Yeshua ?

Today’s drama is that many orthodox Jews are cut from the Messiah of Israel. Many Gentiles are cut from the true Messiah of Israel too, because the one they think they are following is a distorted Messiah with pagan adjunctions.

Many people wonder why orthodox Jews don’t turn to Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel.

I realized that many orthodox Jews do not reject Yeshua, they do reject «Jesus».

«What? Isn’t this a reference to the same person? What do you mean?», I will probably be asked by many people. Well, let me develop my point. Yes, many orthodox Jews do reject the name Jesus, because it refers to Christianity. Because in the «Jesus» that is depicted by Christianity they don’t even recognize a Jew. Therefore many Jews think that Yeshua is a Gentile, because they didn’t get a chance to read the New Testament.

I think that emperor Constantine is one of the most wicked persons in history, because he replaced a cult based on IHVH with pagan customs. Christianity never even questioned this and even added to this. A lot of customs that are rebuked in the Bible, such as decorating a Christmas tree or taking Sun-day as a resting and cult day, are just commonly accepted as part of Christianity. These are just a few examples, there are so many more…

The « Gentile Messiah » is a common lie people accept

Yes, the One you are calling « Jesus » is Jewish. His real Name is Yeshua. His real Name actually points to Salvation, which is our Messiah’s very purpose. Some people slated me just for stating this truth. I’ll reiterate it once again, because it needs to be said : the name Jesus is totally made up. It has no meaning. It is the Greek transliteration of Yeshua. It didn’t exist until the 6th Century. In the 1st Century, everybody who knew Him called Him Yeshua. So sorry if I offended some of you for calling our Lord by His true Name.

Then I’ll repeat another schocker to many Gentiles : Yeshua is Jewish and Torah observant. All the points He makes are linked with the Torah. One can only have a proper understanding of His points by putting them into a Hebrew context.

Since Yeshua approached me, our Lord revealed Himself to me as the Jewish Messiah. He asked me to call Him Yeshua, not «Jesus». He clearly showed me that He is a teacher of Torah and that He has nothing but love for Israel.

The true Messiah of Israel is not a character of Greek mythology. He is real. He opposes to paganism practices such as cult of saints, cult of Virgin Mary, and any kind of idolatry. He has a rabbinic approach of Scriptures.

He is not a priest or a pastor in the modern sense of the term. A friend gently reminded me that Yeshua bears the title of High Priest after the order of Melkizedek and that He can also be considered as the Good Shepherd and Pastor of Israel.

My reference to the word “priest” and “pastor’ referred to modern religious congregations’ leaders in the Christian world.

The true Messiah of Israel is present throughout the whole Tanakh (Ancient Testament).

If you do not believe that Yeshua is present in the Tanakh, then check out this impressive list of prophecies fulfilled by our Messiah.

In both communities, either Jewish or Christians, I’ve seen people who’d prefer to deny the truth than giving up traditions of men and added customs. I’ve seen so many people who prefer the comfort of a religious community than living in truth and taking the path of our Messiah Yeshua.

Having met Yeshua personally, today I cannot and will not adhere Christianity, because of the many added pagan customs it contains. Although I feel much closer to Messanic Judaism, I am not keen on joining any movement at all.

I am not seeking to advertise any church, congregation or synagogue.

I want to advertise Yeshua the true Messiah of Israel. He is the only One I have given my heart.

I am not Jewish. I am not Christian. I am a follower of Yeshua, the true Messiah of Israel.

Come to Him, because there is no Salvation out of Him.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling