Shadows of Messiah – Trees

Shadows of Messiah - Trees

The Hebrew word for tree is עץ ‘ets’:

The elders/mature (עצה ‘etsah’) are likened to trees.

Who is our Counselor?

Isa 9:6  For a Child is born; to us a Son is given; and the government is on His shoulder; and His name is called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The word for spine (עצה ‘etsah’) comes from this root עץ ‘ets’ as well.

The English word spine comes from the Latin word ‘spica’

The English word spine comes from the Latin word ‘spica.’  Spica points directly to the Messiah as seen in the constellation of Virgo.  In the hand of the Virgin is a sheaf of wheat with 5 stars. A virgin (Isaiah 7:14) holding a branch (Jeremiah 23:5-6) and an ear of corn. Corn = seed (Latin Spica, the modern name of this bright star. Old name was Arabic ‘Al Zimach’ which means seed). The star ‘Zavijaveh’ in this constellation means “gloriously beautiful” (Isaiah 4:2).  ‘Zimach’ in Arabic refers back to the Hebrew צמח ‘tsemach’, which is used 5 times in Scripture reference to the Messiah (Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 23:5; 33:15; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12).

The 33 bones in the human spine correspond to the 33 years of the life of Messiah.  The link between the back and Messiah is further seen in Exodus 33 where Moses is shown the glory of the LORD, specifically mentioning His back.

Exo 33:22  And as My glory is passing it will be that I will put you in a cleft of the rock; and I will cover My hand over you during My passing.
Exo 33:23  And I will remove My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face cannot be seen.

Trees – Books

The English word book comes from the Old English ‘boc’ which derives from the Germanic root ‘bok’ which is a cognate of beech. Beech was a common writing material in Germanic societies before the development of paper.

A single sheet within a book is called a leaf.  Each side of the leaf is called a page.

A folio has similar meaning

Papyrus, a thick paper-like  material made by weaving the stems of the papyrus plant, then pounding the woven sheet with a hammer-like tool.

As seen above, Exodus 2:2 speaks of the papyrus basket/ark that Moses was placed in at the Nile…

Parchment, papyrus connection –  hammering out…

Interestingly, the word for parchment is used in the New Testament (2 Timothy 4:13) as a translation of the Greek word membrane.

Whitaker’s Latin Dictionary
Membrana, Membranae
N – 1 1 – F –
membrane; skin; parchment;
Thin skin, film membrane.  The skin of a snake or the skin prepared to write on a parchment like a

As seen in previous studies, the heavens were hammered out and likened to a scroll.  Recent scientific theories liken the universe to a membrane as well.  It is believed that our bodies are being held together by a membrane known as laminin as well.

Papyrus sheets were glued together to form a scroll. Tree bark such as lime (Latin ‘liber’).

Lime is an altered form of Middle English lind, in the 16th century also line, from Old English feminine lind or linde, Proto-Germanic *lendā, cognate to Latin lentus “flexible” and Sanskrit latā “liana”. Within Germanic languages, English lithe, German lind “lenient, yielding” are from the same root.

Linden was originally the adjective, “made from lime-wood” (equivalent to “wooden”), from the late 16th century “linden” was also used as a noun, probably influenced by translations of German romance, as an adoption of Linden, the plural of German Linde.[1] Neither the name nor the tree is related to the citrus fruit called “lime” (Citrus aurantifolia, family Rutaceae).

The Linden tree in Scripture.  The following passage of Scripture is speaking of the remnant of Israel, the olive tree who are in the image and likeness of Messiah.

King James Version
Isa 6:13  But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree (אלה ‘elah’), and as an oak (אלון ‘allon’), whose substance (מצבת ‘matstsebeth’) is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance (מצבת ‘matstsebeth’ – pillar, root) thereof.
Keil & Delitszch commentary

It shall happen as with the terebinth and oak. These trees were selected as illustrations, not only because they were so near akin to evergreens, and produced a similar impression, or because there were so many associations connected with them in the olden times of Israel’s history; but also because they formed such fitting symbols of Israel, on account of their peculiar facility for springing up again from the root (like the beech and nut, for example), even when they had been completely felled. As the forms yabbesheth (dryness), dalleketh (fever), ‛avvereth (blindness), shachepheth (consumption), are used to denote certain qualities or states, and those for the most part faulty ones (Concord. p. 1350); so shalleceth here does not refer to the act itself of felling or casting away, but rather to the condition of a tree that has been hewn or thrown down; though not to the condition of the trunk as it lies prostrate upon the ground, but to that of the root, which is still left in the earth. Of this tree, that had been deprived of its trunk and crown, there was still a mazzebeth kindred form of mazzebâh), i.e., a root-stump (truncus) fast in the ground. The tree was not yet entirely destroyed; the root-stump could shoot out and put forth branches again. And this would take place: the root-stump of the oak or terebinth, which was a symbol of Israel, was “a holy seed.” The root-stump was the remnant that had survived the judgment, and this remnant would become a seed, out of which a new Israel would spring up after the old had been destroyed (Matthew 3:10). Thus in a few weighty words is the way sketched out, which God would henceforth take with His people. The passage contains an outline of the history of Israel to the end of time. Israel as a nation was indestructible, by virtue of the promise of God; but the mass of the people were doomed to destruction through the judicial sentence of God, and only a remnant, which would be converted, would perpetuate the nationality of Israel, and inherit the glorious future. This law of a blessing sunk in the depths of the curse actually inflicted, still prevails in the history of the Jews. The way of salvation is open to all. Individuals find it, and give us a presentiment of what might be and is to be; but the great mass are hopelessly lost, and only when they have been swept away will a holy seed, saved by the covenant-keeping God, grow up into a new and holy Israel, which, according to Isa_27:6, will fill the earth with its fruits, or, as the apostle expresses it in Rom_11:12, become “the riches of the Gentiles.”

Jay P. Green Literal Version
Isa 6:13  But yet a tenth shall be in it, and it shall return and be consumed like the terebinth and like the oak that in being felled yet has its stump (the holy seed is its stump).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
teil tree: The teil-tree is the linden or lime-tree, a species very common in Palestine; the leaf of which resembles that of the laurel, and its flower that of the olive. But the original ailah which our translators render the oak (but here distinguished from allon the oak)

The word for teil tree/linden tree in Hebrew is אלה ‘elah’ which comes from the root אל ‘el’ which is commonly translated as God.

The Scrolls were held together by lime/linden trees.  This is seen in creation as well.  It is Messiah who is holding all things together (Colossians 1:17).  The Greek word used in Colossians 1:17 is sunistemi which translates back to the Hebrew word צבא ‘tseba.’  צבא ‘tseba’ comes from the same root as מצבת ‘matstsebeth’ mentioned above, the House of God.

Col 1:17  And He is before all things, and all things have subsisted (συνέστηκε ‘sunesteke’) in Him.

His Word is holding all things together.  Interestingly, one of the Hebrew words for ‘word’ is אמר ‘amar.’ What is the meaning of אמר ‘amar’?  Thoughts that are bound together.  אמר ‘amar’ comes from the following root word:

In Latin Liber means a book, bark of a tree, treatise, letter from Latin, in original sense: tree bark]

Liber is also a rare name for phloem

A tissue in vascular plants that conducts food from the leaves and other photosynthetic tissues to other plant parts.

In vascular plants, phloem is the living tissue that carries organic nutrients (known as photosynthate), particularly sucrose, a sugar, to all parts of the plant where needed. In trees, the phloem is the innermost layer of the bark, hence the name, derived from the Greek word φλόος (phloos) “bark”. The phloem is concerned mainly with the transport of soluble organic material made during photosynthesis. This is called translocation.

Interestingly, when looking at the cross section of a tree from the the tilia genus (such as the linden tree mentioned above), it is seen that it is divided into 7 sections…just like the Menorah

Interestingly, flax has this same division.

The word in Hebrew for flax links to the menorah as well.  Flax was made into linen which then became wicks for lamps.  Connecting flax to the current topic further, the root word for linden comes from ‘li’ which in the Indo-European language means flax.  This would make *len (linden) an extension of the flax root meaning ‘flexible as threads made of flax,’ then of rope or cord made of other materials, like the inner bark of the linden.

The Menorah = the Word = the Tree of Life = the Olive Tree = the Body of Messiah…

Click picture for more details on how the Scriptures are in the form of a Menorah…

It is interesting to note as well, that the natural ecology of forests is divided into 7 sections.
1. The canopy
2. Low tree layer (dwarf fruit trees)
3. Shrubs
4. Herbaceous
5. Rhizosphere (root crops)
6. Soil surface (cover crops)
7. Vertical layer (climbers, vines)

The more diverse and complex an ecosystem is, the more stable it is.

Rom 12:4  For even as we have many members in one body, but all members do not have the same function,
Rom 12:5  so we the many are one body in Christ, and each one members of one another,

Back to the word Liber…

Interestingly, If one looks at Latin versions of the TaNaKH, one will see that the 5 books of the Torah are headed with only their names.  Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numeri, Deuteronicum.
The books that follow always have the prefix of Liber, Liber Jehoshua, Liber Judicum etc.

The Torah is the root and the other books are the branches that carry the ‘food’.  Messiah is the vine/root, His body are the branches…  Food in Hebrew is לחם ‘lechem’ (bread).

Bread in Greek is ἄρτος ‘artos’ which is used to translate numerous words in Hebrew.  לחם ‘lechem’, דגן ‘dagan’ (grain/fish ie believers), חלה ‘challah’ (from root חל ‘chol’…sand ie believers), and also פת ‘pat’.

Isa 8:18  Behold, I and the children
(Messiah & His Body) whom Jehovah has given to me are for signs and wonders (מופת ‘mophat’) in Israel from Jehovah of Hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion.
Amazingly, the Latin word liber also means children…

N      2 3 M P
children (pl.); (sg. VOC) child.

Going back to the link between Liber & bread, the Scriptures liken the Word to bread (Deuteronomy 8:2-3; Matthew 4:2-4; John 6:30-63).    Messiah equates the manna/bread from heaven with Himself in John 6.  Manna is also referred to as dew in the TaNaKH (Exodus 16:13-14; Numbers 11:9, Torah is likened to dew (Deuteronomy 32:2), God is likened to dew (Hosea 14:5).

Deu 8:3  And He has humbled you, and caused you to hunger, and caused you to eat the manna, which you had not known, and your fathers had not known, in order to cause you to know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man shall live by every Word that proceeds {מוצא ‘motsa’} from the mouth of Jehovah.

The word for proceed in Hebrew is מוצא ‘motsa’ which means to spring forth or bud.

This word is related to the Hebrew word for Apostle (שוליח ‘sholiach’) which comes from the word שלח ‘shalach’ which means to send forth, as the shoots of a plant.  The Hebrew word for table also comes from this root.  On the table of shewbread/bread of presence in the Tabernacle/Temple there were 12 loaves of bread representing the 12 tribes. It is the job of His branches, His apostles to take the bread of life to the world.  This bread of life is His Word, the Messiah, His presence.

The word Bible comes from papyrus…

The Greek word for papyrus as writing material (βιβλίον ‘biblion’) and book (βίβλος ‘biblos’) come from the Phoenician port town Byblos, through which papyrus was exported to Greece.

From Greek we also derive the word τόμος ‘tomos’ which originally meant a slice or piece and from there began to denote “a roll of papyrus”. ‘Tomus’ was used by the Latins with exactly the same meaning as ‘volumen’ which means a roll/scroll.

The volume of the Scroll is written about Messiah

Psa 40:7  Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

‘Tome’ is the root of the word anatomy

In the same passage of Scripture mentioned above in reference to Messiah, it speaks of the body being given to Him.

Heb 10:5  For this reason, coming into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but You prepared a body for Me.
Heb 10:6  You did not delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices concerning sins.”
Heb 10:7  “Then I said, Lo, I come, in the heading
{κεφαλίς ‘kephalis’} of the Book (βιβλίον ‘biblion’) it was written concerning Me, to do Your will, O God.” LXX-Psa. 39:7 -9; MT-Psa. 40:6 -8

Thayer Definition:
1) a little head
2) the highest part, extremity of anything
2a) as the capital of a column
2b) the tips or knobs of the wooden rod around which parchments were rolled were called by this word, because they resembled little heads
3) the Alexandrian writers transferred the name to the roll or volume itself
3a) in the roll of the book
Part of Speech: noun feminine
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G2776
In Hebrew this word is מגילה ‘megillah’ which is also related to the ‘head’.  The word גלגולת  ‘golgolet’ (Golgotha/skull) comes from this same root in Hebrew meaning round. The word מגילה ‘megillah’  is related to the Hebrew word ‘galgal’ (circle) which has the numerical value of 66, referring back to the 66 books of the Word.

The word for ‘chapter’, also means a ‘head’ from the Latin ‘capitulum.’

Traditionally, Torah scrolls were treated like living beings.  They were clothed and when they wore out they were buried.  The armor worn by a man (specifically speaking of Messiah) as mentioned in Isaiah 59:13; Ephesians 6:11 corresponds with the clothing of a Torah Scroll.  The Armor of God is linked with baptism in Messiah and being clothed in His garments of salvation & righteousness (Isaiah 61:10; Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27).

The word in Greek for armor is πανοπλία ‘panoplia’ which is used to translate the Hebrew word חלץ ‘chalats’ in the Septuagint.

Going back to the word anatomy, as seen above it used to be a synonymous word with ‘skeleton.’

Notice that the word skeleton traces back to the meaning of ‘dried up.’  This links to the current study through the word for ‘dry land’ (יבש ‘yabesh’).  Interestingly, the body of Messiah is likened to dry bones העצמות היבשׁות ‘haetsmot hayebashot’ in Ezekiel 37 which is resurrected and brought back to the land of Israel.

The word for bone in Hebrew comes from the word עץ ‘ets’ meaning a tree…it is no coincidence that Ezekiel 37 speaks of bones in reference to the resurrected body of Messiah and then speaks of 2 trees becoming one in reference to His body.

There are 206 bones in the human skeleton.  Here are a few times that the numerical value of 206 is seen in the Scriptures.  Notice the connections to the current study.

The etymology of the word codex comes from a block of wood.

In the 5th century, Isidore of Seville explained the relation between codex, book and scroll in his Etymologiae (VI.13): “A codex is composed of many books; a book is of one scroll. It is called codex by way of metaphor from the trunks (codex) of trees or vines, as if it were a wooden stock, because it contains in itself a multitude of books, as it were of branches.”

Those who are reborn in Messiah will be in His image.  Walking Torah Scrolls.

2Co 3:3  it having been made plain that you are Christ’s letter, served by us, not having been inscribed by ink, but by the Spirit of the living God, not in tablets of stone, but in fleshly tablets of the heart.

The word for letter above is the Greek word ἐπιστολή ‘epistole’ (Epistle) which comes from the Hebrew word אגרת ‘igeret.’  In Hebrew אגר ‘agar’ means to gather and the letter tav means the cross/covenant.  2 Corinthians 3:3 describes the New covenant (Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews 8:8; 10:16; Ezekiel 11:16-20; 36:26)  Interestingly, אגר ‘agar’ comes from the root גר ‘gar’ which literally means a ‘walking man.’  It is translated as a sojourner, traveler, and as a stranger (Genesis 17:8; 47:9; Leviticus 25:23; Psalm 39:12; 1 Peter 2:11; 1:17; Hebrews 11:9, 13-16; 13:14).

Interestingly, the word for ink in 2 Corinthians 3 is from the Greek word μέλαν ‘melan.’

Thayer Definition:
1) ink
Part of Speech: noun neuter
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G3189 as noun

This is the root word for ‘melanin’, that which is found in the skin which brings forth the various colors.  To further link to the current study, the word μέλας ‘melas’ (which means black as in ink) comes from the Proto-Indo-European root ‘mel’ which means dirty/soiled.

Who is the one that writes on the hearts of the living epistles with the ink of the Spirit?  Messiah, who is putting the Mark of God on the foreheads of the righteous.  Notice here that the man with the inkhorn is one among 7…

Eze 9:2  And, behold, six men were coming from the way of the Upper Gate, which faces north. And each had his shattering weapon in his hand. And one man among them was clothed in linen, and an ink horn of a scribe at his loins. And they went in and stood beside the bronze altar.
Eze 9:3  And the glory of the God of Israel had gone on, from on the cherub where it was on it, to the threshold of the house. And He called to the man clothed in linen with the ink horn of a scribe at his loins.
Eze 9:4  And Jehovah said to him, Pass through in the midst of the city, in the midst of Jerusalem, and mark a mark on the foreheads of the men who are groaning and are mourning over all the abominations that are done in her midst.

Here we see an inkhorn instead of a sword.  This links with the armor of God mentioned above as the Word is the Sword of the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrew 4:12)




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