Shadows of Messiah – Leaves

Shadows of Messiah - Leaves

The word for the budding of a flower or tree in Hebrew is פרח ‘parach,’ which is intimately connected to the season of Spring and a shadow picture of a resurrection from the dead.

The movement of the sun throughout the year is a ‘macrocosm’ of the daily movement of the sun.  In the morning, which corresponds to Spring, the sun rises from the Eastern horizon in which the sky produces a reddish color.  The sun is at its greatest strength during “midday” which corresponds with Summer and then descends into the West in which the sky again turns red, corresponding with Autumn.  At night, the sun is hidden bringing forth darkness which corresponds with the Winter season.  Spring pictures life and the resurrection from the dead.

The English word Spring comes from the Old English ‘springan’ which means to leap, burst forth of fly up, speaking of the time when plants spring up.  This traces back to the Hebrew word פרח ‘parach.’  פרח ‘parach’ means the bursting of a bud as in a flower or tree and is linked to the resurrection of the dead, a primary theme associated with Spring.

A related word to פרח ‘parach’ is צוץ ‘tsuts’ which also means to blossom and is the root of the word ציצת ‘tsitsit’ which are the tassels that hung from the four corners of the garments of believers.

ציצת ‘tsitsit’ are twisted threads (גּדל ‘gedil’ Deuteronomy 22:12), which point back to the Fibonacci spiral, “God’s Fingerprint” on creation.  The Fibonacci Spiral is associated with life which is a primary theme of Spring.  These connections will be displayed throughout this study.

Isa 11:12  And He shall lift up a banner for the nations, and shall gather the outcasts of Israel, and gather those dispersed from Judah, from the four wings of the earth.

It is on the four wings that the ציצת ‘tsitsit’ hang (Numbers 15:38).

פרח ‘parach’ and צוץ ‘tsuts,’ which both mean to blossom, are used in conjunction multiple times in the Word.

Isa 27:6  Those coming in shall take root; Jacob shall blossom (צוץ ‘tsuts’) and Israel shall bud (פרח ‘parach’), and they will fill the face of the world with fruit.

Isaiah 27:6 is an amazing prophecy of Israel coming together as one in the Messiah when He comes to earth to judge the wicked.

life cycle of trees 2

The life cycle of the leaves on the trees each year display Shadows of Messiah.  The green leaves that come out on the tree (life from dead) represent the firstfruits of Messiah with Christ being the firstfruit.  The various colors during the autumn portray mankind and the great harvest.  The changing of colors in the leaves in the Autumn remind us of death which shall surely come but there is hope in Messiah that through faith in His work on the cross we might be resurrected and delivered from death.  The green leaves that “resurrect” during Spring are a foreshadowing of this resurrection and reminds us that trusting in God and His Word is our only hope.

Jer 17:7  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
Jer 17:8  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

The Hebrew word for leaf is עלה ‘aleh’ which literally means the lifting up of the yoke to place it on the shoulder.  Leaves are related to this “lifting up” as they are lifted high up in a tree.  The root of עלה ‘aleh’ is על ‘al’ which is the Hebrew word for yoke, in particular the yoke being lifted up and placed on the shoulder for work.  We can take upon us the yoke of Messiah and trust in His work (Matthew 11:28-30) or we can try to obtain salvation by our own works in which we will fade away and die in our sins (John 8:24; Acts 15:10; Romans 2:12).

canopy leaves
Another Hebrew word for leaves is עפי ‘aphi’ which comes from the root עף ‘aph’ which means the covering wings of a bird.  The leaves of a tree are its ‘covering.’

This shade imagery, either under the leaves of a tree or the wings of a bird, brings forth the concept of intimate relationship.

Being the little guy in His eye is also associated with dwelling under the shadow of His wings.

Psa 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,


Deu 32:10  He found him in a desert land, and in the waste, a howling wilderness. He encircled him and cared for him; He guarded him as the pupil of His eye. 

Deu 32:11  As the eagle stirs up its nest; it hovers over its young; it spreads out its wings and takes it, and bears it on its wing.

When the Scriptures speak of abiding in the shadow of His wings it is speaking of an intimate relationship were we dwell in His bosom, seeking His face where we see ourselves as a little guy in His eye.  We are protected from adversity.

The other portion of Scripture that speaks of the “apple of His eye” is in Zechariah.  Zechariah does not speak of eagles wings but the same concept is spoken of as the LORD will be a wall of fire AROUND us.  Here it can be seen that the pillar of fire and cloud in the wilderness is associated with Him bearing us up on eagles wings.

Zec 2:8  For so says Jehovah of Hosts: He has sent Me after glory, to the nations who plundered you; for he who touches you touches the pupil of His eye. 


Zec 2:5  For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.

Psa 91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 91:2  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Psa 91:3  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
Psa 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Psa 91:5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Psa 91:6  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
Psa 91:7  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Psa 91:8  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Psa 91:9  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

Under His wings = under His skirt/כנף ‘kanaph’

This is a term of intimacy between a man and His wife.

Deu 22:30  A man shall not take his father’s wife, and shall not uncover his father’s skirt.

Rth 3:9  And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.

Eze 16:8  Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

His skirt also is thematically connected to the tzitzit which is a picture of His Body and is also thematically connected to the regathering of the tribes of Israel and the resurrection.  {See Daily Tidbits 4/28 – Tzitzit}

The Bosom, the Family and Gathering at the Cross

The word father in Hebrew is associated with love, so too is the word mother.  אם ’em’ (mother) is the source of the Latin ‘amare,’ the French ‘amitie’ and the English ‘amity,’ all of which mean love.  One of the Hebrew words for love is דד ‘dud/dad’ which means both love and breasts/bosom.  Interestingly, the English word ‘baby’ comes from the Hebrew בבה ‘baba’ which is related to the word אבוב ‘aboob’ the root of which is אב ‘av’ which means father but also means a pipe, as in the breast of the mother whose milk flows to give sustenance to the baby.  אב ‘av’ also has the meaning of a tree.  בבה ‘baba’ in Hebrew means the pupil, the apple of one’s eyes.  As any parent has held their baby in their arms against their bosom they recognize this is the epitome of love and intimate relationship (apple of the eye/little guy in the eye).

The Hebrew word for family is משפחה ‘mishpocha’ which comes from the root  שפח ‘shapach’.  שפח ‘shaphach’ is the source of the English word crucifixion from whence all the family of the earth is gathered (John 12:32).  The bosom, which represents the love of the family, also links to the crucifixion.   The crucifixion occurred on a tree (Acts 5:30; 10:39; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24).

Messiah came from the bosom of the Father.

Joh 1:18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

He gathers and then carries in His bosom His people, linking to the crucifixion.  It is through the work of Messiah on the cross that mankind is brought into His family.

Isa 40:10  Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Isa 40:11  He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Psa 89:50  Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;
Psa 89:51  Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:15  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:17  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

There are multiple words in Hebrew for love, all linking back to the bosom.  The most common is אהב ‘ahav’ which has the meaning of a gift and the expressions and actions of one towards the family.  The pictograph meaning displays the gift of the Father to mankind of His only begotten Son.  Again linking the bosom, the family and the crucifixion.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Joh 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

From the root:

The Pictograph meaning of Love:

The first and last letters spell out the word for Father (אב ‘ab’) and the middle letter is a picture of a man with outstretched arms (ה).  The Love of the Father is revealed through the Messiah on the tree, gathering all mankind back to their Creator.

Another word for love is חשק ‘chashaq’ which has the meaning of being knit together in love.  חשק ‘chashaq’ is related to the word חב ‘chav’ which means the bosom.  חשק ‘chashaq is the word used in reference to the joining together of the Tabernacle, which is a shadow picture of the body of Messiah.  It is no surprise that this joining together involved nails, just as in the nails used in the crucifixion (Exodus 38:17, 28; Deuteronomy 7:7; Colossians 2:2, 19; Ephesians 4:15-16).

חשק ‘Chashaq’ also can be traced back to the word חק ‘choq’

חוק  /  חק  /  חיק
chêyq  /  chêq  /  chôq
BDB Definition:
1) bosom, hollow, bottom, midst

חק ‘chuq’ is the root of חקק ‘chaqaq’ and חקה ‘chaqah’ which means to inscribe a decree or custom.  It is used in reference to the Word.  It is no surprise that the New Covenant, cut at Calvary is associated with the inscribing of the Word on our hearts which is contained in our bosoms (Jeremiah 31:31).

The feasts/appointed times, at which the people of the LORD gathered, are linked to this word חוק ‘choq.’

It is no surprise then that the English word ‘hug’ traces back to the Hebrew word חג ‘chag’ which means feast.

The feasts revolved around the gathering together of the people to the Tabernacle or tent.  The Tabernacle itself was called the אהל מועד ‘ohel mo’ed’ which means tent of meeting/gathering or tabernacle of congregation.  מועד ‘moed’ comes from the root word עד ‘ad’ which literally means to see the door, as in meeting as the door of the Tabernacle.  This door imagery is significant as one of the Hebrew words for leaves is דלת ‘dalet’ which is also translated as “door.”

There are two more words in Hebrew which are translated as bosom.  One is חצן ‘chatsan’ which comes from חץ ‘chets’ which literally means a tent wall, as in an enclosing.  The second is the word צלחת ‘tsalachat’ which also means a bowl, as in the bowls used in the Tabernacle.  צלחת ‘tsalachat’ comes from the root צלח ‘tsalach’ which traces back further to צל ‘tsel’ which means a shadow…as under the shadow of His wings, the little guy in His Eye.

Recall that the word in Hebrew for pupil is בבה ‘baba’ which is the source of the English word ‘baby.’  Interestingly, the English word ‘shade’ comes from the Hebrew word שד ‘shad’ which means the breast/bosom.  שד ‘shad’ is the root of the word שדי ‘shaddai’ which is translated as ‘the Almighty.’  שד ‘shad’ literally means to return to the door, again linking with the feasts and the Tabernacle mentioned above.  שד ‘shad’ is the origin of the English word shade.

Finally, the word דוד ‘dod’ means love.  דד ‘dod’ literally means the breasts.  The letter ‘dalet’ is the picture of a door, or flap of a tent which opens the way inside.  The tabernacle consisted of two doors/veils which דד displays.  What is the veil of the Tabernacle a picture of?  The body/flesh of Messiah.

Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

The above portion of Scripture is in context of the New Covenant which was cut at Calvary where Messiah gathered mankind into His bosom (Isaiah 40:11; Psalm 89:50).


door tree

The Hebrew word for door (דלת ‘dalet’) also mean leaves as in that which hangs from the branches of a tree.

dalet leaves

Messiah Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gave His life that His sheep might live with Him.  Jesus associates His role as the Good Shepherd with His death and resurrection.  The Hebrew letter ד ‘dalet’ {spelled דלת} is a picture of a tent door.  The word is translated as door or gate in the Scriptures.  Messiah Jesus is the door/gate from whence man can enter into the garden of the Lord (John 10:7-14).  This entrance was made available through His death on the cross (John 10:15-18; Hebrews 10:20).

The word for shade in Hebrew is צל ‘tsel’ which comes from צ ‘tsadi’ which is a picture of a man on his side and ל ‘lamed’ which is a picture of a shepherd’s staff.  The picture here is a man’s shadow being cast to his side when standing with the shepherd’s staff representing authority, as the man is the ‘authority’ or body of the shadow.  The shepherd’s staff also gives the sense of walking towards something.  If one walks towards the direction of a shadow, one will end up at the source.

Joh 10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Joh 10:14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Joh 10:15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Joh 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
Joh 10:17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Joh 10:18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

The voice of the Shepherd resurrects the dead.  In Hebrew, the word for the voice of the Shepherd is קל ‘qol.’  קל ‘qol’ is the root of the word קלע ‘qala’ which is yet another Hebrew word for leaves.  Pictographically, קלע ‘qala’ means to see (ע – eye) the voice of the Shepherd (קל ‘qol’), the resurrection.

The voice of the Shepherd is associated with the Fibonacci spiral.  This is interesting to note as the Hebrew words שבל ‘shibol’ and שבלת ‘shibolet’ have the meaning of the branches of a tree or ears of grain.  The Hebrew word for snail is שבלול ‘shiblul’ which comes from this root word שבל ‘shibol.’  The snail is a perfect depiction of the Fibonacci spiral.

The Snail and the Golden Ratio

Another Hebrew word for leaf is צלע ‘tsela’ which means the side of a thing and comes from the root word צל ‘tsel’ which means shadow or shade.  The connection to leaves and shade is easy to see in nature, connecting back to the word עף ‘aph’ which means the wings which overshadow that which abides underneath of them.  צלע ‘tsela’ connects to Adam’s rib (fifth rib) from whence came his bride (a picture of Messiah’s bride) and Jacob’s wrestlings which caused him become Israel, the one who overcomes with God.  This wrestling match caused Jacob to limp the rest of his days (Genesis 32:31-32).  This wrestling match is linked to the hope of the resurrection.

The English word hope comes from the Old English ‘hopian’ which means to wish, expect or look forward to something.  It is related to the word ‘hop’ as in one who leaps for expectation.  This is related to the Hebrew word פסח ‘pasach’ which means to hop or limp.  Isaac Mozeson associates the etymology of hope with the hip.  In Hebrew this is the word כפוף ‘kaphoph’ which literally means to bow down.  This is pointing to the wrestling match between Jacob and the Man who touched his hip and caused him to hop/limp the rest of his days (Genesis 32:31-32).

Connecting to Jacob’s wrestlings is the Hebrew word צלע ‘tsela’ translated as ‘limp.’  This word is also translated as rib, as in the rib which God took from Adam to form his wife.

Interestingly, this word is also connected to the number 5 (five fingers on the hand) through Adam as well.

Gen 2:21  And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh underneath.
Gen 2:22  And Jehovah God formed the rib which He had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man.
Gen 2:23  And the man said, This now at last is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh. For this shall be called Woman, because this has been taken out of man.
Gen 2:24  Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh
Eph 5:30  For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
Eph 5:31  “For this, a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.” Gen. 2:24
Eph 5:32  The mystery is great, but I speak as to Christ and as to the assembly.

The rib of Adam from whence his bride came out is linked to the number 5 which connects to the 5th day of creation.

חמש ‘chamesh’ is used to translate multiple terms in Hebrew.  It is used for the number five/fifty, the hand, to be armed and the side of the body (fifth rib).

The ‘fifth rib’

This word is used in the following verses:  2Samuel 2:23,3:27, 4:6, 20:10

Messiah was wounded in the side (‘the fifth rib’).

Joh 19:34  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a lance, and at once blood and water came out.


Our Hope is Messiah Jesus

1Ti 1:1  Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ according to a command of God our Savior, even the Lord Jesus Christ, our Hope,

Hope is linked with the resurrection

1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, He according to His great mercy having regenerated us to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Hope is linked with His return

Tit 2:13  looking for the blessed hope and appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

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