by Brad Scott
Webster's dictionary defines the word source as "any thing or place from which something comes from or arises, origin." It comes from the Middle English, sours. This word is from the Hebrew shoresh (שרש), the word for root. The peculiar Hebrew sound of sh becomes an s sound as it travels through the western languages.
Man has been searching for the source of life for centuries, to try to understand how everything came to be. Many people conduct geneological studies in order to trace the source of their family roots. The movie "Roots" is a good example of this. Sha’ul tells the gentiles that the natural tree that they are grafted into is the root or source that supports them. Our Messiah is said to be a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his (Jesse's) roots. (Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 11:1) The genealogies in Mattityahu (Matthew) and Luke are given to show where the source of our root comes from. This is why human ancestry is expressed as a tree. A root begins with a seed, so inevitably, all believers have the same root, for there is only one good seed.
Shalom Alecheim! ◊