The Israelite in whom there is No Deceit
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"When Yahusha saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit."
"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. Yahusha answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."
Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel."
Yahusha said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that."(John 1:47-50)
We may experience some slight difficulty when we hear some of the language used in the scripture, I'll admit I do, but overtime one of my favorite things to do when reading has been to form a study analysis on the verses, language and phrases comparing what Yahusha says to his disciples, what the prophets in the Old Testament have said concerning him and what he reveals to apostle John in the book of Revelation (one of my favorites). Recently, I was taken back to this phrase in the book of John when Yahusha has set out to call those who would become his disciples. Nathanael happens to be the one who he approaches, and he said to him "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree", now initially when I read this, I sort of just glossed over it, but some things began to stand out to me. First, he told him I saw you and then he mentions that Nathanael was underneath the fig tree. So, to really understand what Yahusha said and why it left Nathanael in awe that he proclaimed, "you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel!" Let's take a closer look at these who concepts.
So, we know that Yahusha Ha'mashiach or who the world calls Jesus Christ is the living word of Yahuah (God), he was the word made flesh who dwelt among us. This thing of seeing someone should not be taken lightly coming from the Messiah himself. Yah has many titles that speak directly to his character and nature, every time the Israelites conquered their enemies or dedicated an altar to their God, they called it by a name that showed the victory of what took place,(for example: King David refers to Yahuah as El Gibbor [the lord mighty in battle] psalms 24:8) likewise there have been various people who met the Almighty along their path and he saved them. El Roi is a name that the Maidservant of Sarah and Abraham named Hagar calls Yahuah after she runs away to a desert alone and a messenger of Yahuah finds her there and lets her know "the Lord has heard your misery". El Roi meaning: The God who sees me.
Yahusha then follows up by saying that Nathanael was under the fig tree. In scripture we see the fig tree representing works. (Reference Proverbs 27:18, Jeremiah 24:3 and Mark 11:13-14)
So, when Adonai approaches Nathanael and says, "Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit." we can conclude that he was letting him know The Almighty (God who sees) has seen your works. Reference revelation 3:8 when speaking to the 7 called out churches/ assemblies I know your works, see I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut (Yahusha being that door!) Remember he said I am the way the truth and the life, no one can come to the father except through me (John 14:6). And if we continue reading in the book of John, we see what Yahusha meant by having no deceit (John 17:18) "he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him." and we know that if you are seeking The Father then the son will draw you in (see John 6:44).
Once we meet Yahusha, overtime if not seemingly overnight we cease to do our own works and are called to work for the Master of the house. It is this very same God who makes our garments clean before him and calls us acceptable, we are able to walk with authority be counted as his righteousness.
“And on that day, says YAHUAH of Heaven’s Armies, each of you will invite your neighbor to sit with you peacefully under your own grapevine and fig tree.”
Yahusha declares: I am the True Vine
may we each bear righteous fruit because the master of the house will be hungry when he returns.