Meaning of Passover

Shalom Chaverim (friends),

I’ve been revising our family Haggadah this year. Today while I was doing some housekeeping, I was listening to an old Bill Cloud teaching. He briefly touched on the Hebraic understanding of Pesach. I was excited because I’ve been praying that the Father would bring to my mind all those little details that are not only useful, but edifying to include in our Haggadah. This is one of those “little” details that I always seem to remember “after the fact”; so, I file it away for the next Pesach. Not this year!

The Hebrew meaning of the word Pesach is one of those pearls that often gets trampled underfoot. When you open your concordance or bible software to search out this most important word, it becomes more than a little confusing to the English speaking mind. Thus, we in the west have the old Ten Commandments movie’s “green fog” popping into our head as we envision Pass-over. But, what really transpired in that crucial hour of the original Pesach?

Here is how Strong’s defines Pesach:



A primitive root; to hop, that is, (figuratively) skip over (or spare); by implication to hesitate; also (literally) to limp, to dance: – halt, become lame, leap, pass over.

Jeff Benner’s lexicon is usually what I reference for deeper meaning, but his only has this for the Pesach entry:

AHLB#: 2618 (V)

Hop: To hop from one place or another. Also to be lame as one who hops on one leg. [freq. 7] (vf: Paal, Niphal, Piel) |kjv: pass over, halt, lame, leap| {str: 6452} – Lame: As one who hops one leg. [freq. 14] |kjv: lame| {str: 6455}

Hop? Lame? What does Passover have to do with lameness? If I look at Strong’s #6455 as referenced, I indeed find that to be lame is a direct derivative of this word!


pissêach pis-say’-ak

From  H6452; lame: – lame.

Now, if you are unaware of the juicy details as to how this could possibly reference the Passover, read on! I just love it when YHVH shows out; and I assume you do too or you wouldn’t be reading this post! You know how we use the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words“?

Well, that is exactly what the Father has done for us in this Hebrew word, Pesach. Oh that’s why I love the LaShon HaKadosh (Holy tongue) so much! It brings such insight into seemingly insignificant words.

Those of you familiar with Hebrew are already aware that ancient Hebrew was a pictographic language. Therefore, we should expect to see many “word pictures” in this beautiful language. And so we do, and Pesach is just one of a multitude.

An often overlooked fact is that Pesach also describes the hopping or fluttering that a mother bird makes as she protects her nest. She hops back and forth from branch to branch or from one side of the nest to the other. This is the action that is being portrayed to us at the original Pesach.

While the death angel went through the land of Egypt taking the first-born, YHWH was “pesaching” His people who had obediently applied the Lamb’s blood to their doorposts!

The miracle of Pesach isn’t so much that the death angel, which we are told is YHWH Himself (Ex. 12:12), passed over us———— it is that He hovered, fluttered, and hopped about our homes, protecting us as judgment came to Egypt. This brings fresh meaning to the following verses:

‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. (Ex. 19:4)

“For YHWH’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance. “He found him in a desert land, And in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye. “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions” YHWH alone guided him, And there was no foreign god with him. (Dt. 32:9-12)

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! “Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF YHWH!'” (Lk. 13:34-35)

YHWH protects us by hovering, fluttering, or hopping around us forming an impenetrable fortress around us. This is the true Hebrew meaning and context of the word Pesach in Exodus. The great miracle of Pesach isn’t that the death angel “passed over” us; it is that YHWH “passed over” us with wings like an eagle keeping the messenger of death from our homes! Wow! How amazing is our Elohim?

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  1. EsseRealis

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    A great read about Passover and understanding the upcoming Passover more clearly- April 15, 2014- Total Lunar Eclipse as well!


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