Yesterday our little congregation had a great, ad-hoc study session! In it, we looked briefly at the passage below, from Yesha-Yahu [Isaiah] 9:5-6. This morning, in formatting the Hebrew-English version of “HaDavar, D’var יהוה “, I ran across it again, and could not help but ruminate on this very Messianic passage. Then, it “dawned” on me:
For a boy is born unto us, a Son is given unto us; and the government is upon his shoulder; and his name is called Peleh Yo’etz El Gibor Avi Ad Sar Shalom [Wonderful Counselor (of the) Mighty G-d (the) Eternal Father, Prince of Shalom]; that the government may be increased, and of Shalom there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon Malkhuto, to establish it, and to uphold it through justice and through Tzedaka, from henceforth, even forever. The zeal of יהוה Tzeva’ot does perform this.”
This is a very familiar passage to those who study Messiah. I’m not going to debate the interpretation of the phrase in question, but point to the fact that punctuation can change the meaning of it. It is subtle. But, in ruminating on the Hebrew version of: “Wonderful Counselor (of the) Mighty G-d (the) Eternal Father, Prince of Shalom,” my eye turned to “Yo’etz”, or ‘Counselor’. And that is what Yo’etz means. BUT, I “saw” it in its pieces and parts:
Above is the word from the Hebrew text. The root word is the third and fourth letters from the right, “etz” which is the idea of ‘counsel’, BUT, is ALSO the word for ‘tree’. Is it any wonder that Elohim used two ‘trees’ to represent LIFE and KNOWLEDGE? And that the word for tree also means ‘Counsel’?
The first letter is a yod, and is seen here:
The second letter is a vav and is seen here:
These two letters are very significant concerning Yeshua, whose name is spelled ישוע , and so are the other two letters by themselves, seen in the word Yo’etz, but I’ll get to that later.
The “yod” is the first letter in the name Yeshua, and in the Name יהוה . Our Jewish people understand that this letter represents Yah the Creator. It is the image of a ‘hand’. The second letter is the vav, and is the image of a NAIL, and is the third letter in Yah’s Name, AND in Yeshua’s name.
So, the word, Yo’etz, for “Counselor”, can be seen this way:
YAH/HAND NAIL TREE
Or perhaps, “The Hand of Yah nailed to a tree”.
Etzah [counsel/tree root word] is also the “Ru’akh Etzah” mentioned in Yesha-Yahu 11:1-2, the “Spirit of Counsel”, the FOURTH “Ru’akh” mentioned among the seven spirits there. That is the middle branch on the “Menorah”, the TREE of the Menorah, which is the Ru’akh HaKodesh/Consecrated Breath/Spirit. The Menorah itself is an Olive Tree, the source of oil for light and anointing. Messiah [anointed one] is the LIGHT of the World.
I just thought I’d share this little tidbit before I start my day.
Shalom! And set your eyes upon the Wonderful Counselor [Yah nailed to a tree] of the Almighty G-d the Eternal Father, our Prince of Shalom! Especially in these days!