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

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

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

Purim, Shim’on Kepha’s fish and the deliverance from our Messiah

Purim in Stamford Hill, London ( a must see!)



One person ( or two) can change the destiny of a whole nation. The Book of Esther truly testifies of it. Thanks to her uncle Mordechai’s cleverness and to Queen Esther before King Ahasuerus, all Israel was saved from Haman’s wicked plans to kill all Jews.


Megilat Esther: the story



The feast of Purim is the feast of the lots. It truly illustrates the following verse:


 בַּחֵיק, יוּטַל אֶת-הַגּוֹרָל;    וּמֵיְהוָה, כָּל-מִשְׁפָּטוֹ


“The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD” (Proverbs 16:33)


Haman fomented evil plans against Israel, but Israel’s destiny was in Hashem’s hands.


Although the Shoah is the most massive and horrific pogrom of the Jewish nation, pogroms and persecutions against Jewish people go back to ancient biblical times and has been continued after the split between Yeshua’s disciples and traditional Judaism. While some people prompt to revere the “Church fathers”, please allow me to be a little bit more critical in regards to history and their persecution of Jewish people often described as “God killers”.




Haman is the archetype of the antisemite and he will know his own degradation and fate. 

I’d like to warn, once again, people who are calling them “believers in  Yeshua” and who slate Jewish people constantly. You are slating His chosen people, the apple of His eye and your hatred will not go unpunished! Repent before it is too late: antisemitism is hatred at its worst. The One you pretend to revere is the God of Israel!


The half-shekel temple tax (Matthew 17:24-27) and Purim symbolism



Torah reference: Exodus 30:13


“Each one who is numbered in the census shall give half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary half a shekel as an offering to the Lord”.




“As they came to Kfar Nachum, the collectors of the half-shekel approached Petros and said:” Does your rav not give the half-shekel?”

He said: “He will give it.”

But when he came to the house, Yeshua came first to ask, saying: “What is your opinion, Shim’on? The kings of earth-from who do they take their taxes and customs?

Petros said to Him: “from foreigners.”

Yeshua said to him: “If so, the children are exempt.”

But nonetheless, in order that we will not be an obstacle to them, go to the sea, throw a fishhook into it, and take the first fish that comes up. When you open its mouth, you will find an istara ( silver coin). Take it and pay on my behalf and yours.” Matthew 17:24-27


Even if there is no explicit mention of Yeshua observing the feast of Purim, there are great chances our rabbi did. We know from the Gospel of John that he observed Hannukah.

The episode of Shim’on Kepha’s fish strongly points at Purim for several reasons:


We know from historical evidence that the Temple tax had to be paid in the month of Adar.




-The fish is intimately linked with the spirit of Purim, which is a period of the year one is advised to rejoice greatly ( see picture). The fish is also a symbol of addition, of abundance (We do find this symbolism in the multiplication of bread loaves and fishes).


-On erev Purim there is a custom called “Machazit Hashekel” that consists of giving three coins to a charity in remembrance of the Temple treasury donation.


In the same way, Hashem’s Name is hidden from Megilat Esther, Yeshua’s Name is absent from Purim celebration in the Gospels. Yet, Purim carries a deep Messianic significance.

The liberation of Israel will come from our Messiah.

The nations plot to destroy Israel, but Hashem has the last word.


The oral Torah teaches that when Mordechai knew of the plot, he spoke with three Jewish school children who brought him some good news:


The first one said: “Do not fear sudden terror, nor the destruction of the wicked when it comes” (Proverbs 3:25). 

The second one stated:“Contrive a scheme, but it will not be foiled; conspire a plot but it will not materialize, for God is with us.” (Isaiah 8:10)

Finally, the last child told him: “Even to your old age I am with you; even to your hoary years I will sustain you; I have made you, and I will bear you, I will sustain and deliver you.” (Isaiah 46:4) 


Apparently, the scene drove Haman mad. But it is precisely young Jewish children’s teshuva and devotion that changed the Jews’ fate into a mighty deliverance from Hashem.


Never underestimate the purity of children’s heart!



With the current rise of antisemitism, we should always be very watchful and be courageous enough to stand with the nation of Israel, for our own destinies are intimately associated with Israel’s lot in Yeshua our Messiah, King of the Jews, King of the Kings.


May He protect His people always. Amen.


Happy Purim!





Copyright© by Isabelle Esling



Hashem is my healer, I shall be healed

אֲנִי יְהוָה, רֹפְאֶךָ

Ani Hashem rofecha (Shemot (Exodus) 15:26 )


I dedicate this article to any of you who might be struggling with temporary or chronic sickness. Never ever lose hope. Scriptures proclaim that the Lord is your healer.

Hashem doesn’t take pleasure in a person’s sickness. It is His will for you to be cured.

You may object: “Why am I not healed, then?”

If He doesn’t cure you straight away,  He has good reasons. Trust Him. Do not be discouraged.


Also be conscious that some underlying reasons may prevent your healing.

  • Are you obedient to His Will? The verse above often gets quoted without the words that precede. Have you taken time to read the FULL VERSE?

and He said: ” if you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, and will do what is right in His eyes, and will give ear to His Commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put NONE of the diseases upon you, which I have put upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you.” 

-are you keen on receiving Hashem’s instruction? 

-are you doing what is right in His eyes or are you just doing ” what you want”?

-do you give ear to His Commandments ( Shema, listen!) and do you keep his statutes?

Are you doing your best to please Hashem? 

If you are doing your best to put the full verse into application, His promise to you is that you will be spared diseases that were put upon the Egyptians. Hashem clearly promises you HEALING.

  • do you have faith?

I am not speaking of theoretical faith here. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE ALMIGHTY CAN HEAL YOU?

If your Emunah ( faith) is complete, then you have great chances to be healed.

It is always done according ( and not independently to it) to your faith.

Then you will be able to state prophet Jeremiah’s prayer ( Jeremiah 17:14)

“Heal me, o Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.”

 רְפָאֵנִי יְהוָה וְאֵרָפֵא, הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי וְאִוָּשֵׁעָה:  כִּי תְהִלָּתִי, אָתָּה

  • have your welcomed Yeshua our Messiah in your life?

וְהוּא מְחֹלָל מִפְּשָׁעֵנוּ, מְדֻכָּא מֵעֲו‍ֹנֹתֵינוּ; מוּסַר שְׁלוֹמֵנוּ עָלָיו, וּבַחֲבֻרָתוֹ נִרְפָּא-לָנוּ.

Isaiah 53:5

“But he was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed.”

Do you know Him personally ( knowing Him ” figuratively, through a verse” is NOT knowing Him!)? I mean, has Yeshua encountered your path for real?

Have you made your Teshuva ( repentance) before Him and accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?

                       Is Yeshua your PERSONAL friend?

If so, Scriptures are telling you that you are HEALED by His stripes ( Isaiah 53:5). This too, is not just a figure of speech. It is a clear promise of healing!

  • are you GRATEFUL?

“On his way to Yerushalayim, he was passing between Shomron ( Samaria) and the Galil. As he came to a certain village, ten metsora’im ( lepers) came to greet him.

They stood at a distance. They lifted their voice and called: “Yeshua! Teacher! Be gracious to us!”

He said to them: “Go be shown to the priests.” When they went, they were purified.

When one of them saw that he was healed, he returned and praised God  with a loud voice. He fell on his face and thanked him. He was a Shomroni ( Samaritan). Yeshua responded and said: “Were not ten purified? Where are the other nine? Was not anyone found that would return to give glory to God, except for this foreigner. 

He said to him: “Arise and go. Your faith has saved you.”

Luke 17:11-19 Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels

The gratitude your have in your heart prior and post healing will make the whole difference.

Approach Yeshua with a grateful heart!

Our Lord is the same. He will restore your health at the perfect time. Keep bringing your petitions before the Heavenly throne. Never doubt His love for you.

If your healing doesn’t happen straight away, it doesn’t mean that you will always be sick. There are reasons for the delay. Trust His wisdom.

May Yeshua grant you ALL refuah schlema ( complete healing). Amen.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

When darkness arises: a teaching about hope




If you are capable of seeing Hashem’s glory while walking through the night, darkness will have no power over you. I have read some powerful testimonies, many years ago, from people who have been taken to the dirtiest, the smelliest and the ugliest places, including prisons-seemingly alone, abandoned by the world, but who spoke of the glory of the Almighty trancending these places.


A walk with Hashem is no fairy tale; sometimes you will know places of darkness and you will feel that you are left on your own ( according to the world’s standards).

When you are facing such situations, there are several points to remember:

-In Sefer Bereshit, Genesis, you are reminded:וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר, יוֹם אֶחָד” 

“vayehi erev, vayehi boker, yom echad” ” and there was an evening, and there was a morning, day number one”. Each of your days begins in darkness. You can either grow in desperation or light your candles and invite the Lord to share this time with you. I mean, HOW you are going through your time of darkness depends on you. Most people seem to ignore that they DO have a choice.

You can go through grief, hopelessness and desperation all alone or you can weep on the Lord’s shoulder. Yeshua will always comfort you when you are experiencing pain, especially the type of suffering that is invisible to others.

But there is much more you can learn from this part of Genesis. When daylight emerges again, you are experiencing like a resurrection from death. French rabbi Josy Eisenberg used to teach that the word “boker”, day, when its letters are inverted, also contains the root “kever”, “tomb”, “sepulcher”.

On each venture of darkness, when times are getting better, when light is made visible again, you will experience a form of Resurrection.

Have you ever thought, that when you are waking up ( what most people are taking for granted), that you are emerging from death and coming back to life? 

Therefore gratitude should accompany us with each day the Almighty makes.

-Psalm 23 contains an invaluable teaching:

“gam ki eleich begei tsalmavet, lo ira ra, ki ata immadi”

גַּם כִּי-אֵלֵךְ בְּגֵיא צַלְמָוֶת, לֹא-אִירָא רָע–    כִּי-אַתָּה עִמָּדִי

Even though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for YOU ARE WITH ME.

Do not overlook Yeshua’s friendship when facing tremendous difficulties or pain of any kind. Should the whole world abandon you, Yeshua would still be there for you.

Yeshua wants your total trust at all times. 

You may feel the pain. You may also feel desperate at times, but what matters is your attitude during the test. Job’s (Iob in Hebrew) book has been written to inspire generations of believers, for Job was a Tsaddik who remained faithful to the Lord despite his losses and physical pain. Note that he kept praising His Name.

You may also feel that you are not capable of praise while going through acute pain. That’s ok. Your cries in front of Him are prayers too. He sees, understands, and wipes away tears.

-Try to sing your pain away through Psalms. It will bring you back into a spirit of joy and praise. Consider this time of darkness as a proper time to develop more intimacy with your Messiah. Speak to Him even more; be honest. Also confess your transgressions and work on amending your ways, always.

Remember that this storm too will pass. Trust the Lord at all times and you will be victorious over darkness. Have the eyes to discern figments of light during the night.

You are not alone.

 אָנֹכִי, אֵרֵד עִמְּךָ

“I myself will descend with you” Genesis 46:4 “Anochi ered immecha”

Should you have to descend, the Almighty would descend WITH you.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling