Fred Coulter’s Passover (Ia)

Draft Ia

This is a Critique of Fred Coulter’s The Christian Passover. This is an extremely interesting Bible Study, and to honour Fred’s unique style of writing and analysis, I’ll title each posting as Fred Coulter Passover. Opinions, regardless of how strongly we feel about them, as he says, doesn’t count. God’s concept may not match man’s concept. Scripture must be our standard and guide. And sometimes the Scriptures say things very different from what we think!

Chapter 1 – 2

Regarding the name Passover, thechristianpassoverFred Coulter wrote: “The Passover received its name from the night in which God passed over the houses of the children of Israel and spared their firstborn from the plague of death, while they were still in their houses in the land of Egypt, before the Exodus took place—not while the Exodus was taking place! The Lord passed over the houses of the children of Israel and saw the blood of the Passover lambs on the side posts and lintels of their doors, and He did not kill their firstborn.” Chapter 2, The Christian Passover.

The Scriptures define the meaning of the word “passover.” The Passover is named for an event which was executed by God: “…It is the LORD’S Passover, for I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast. And I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. And the blood shall be a sign to you upon the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I WILL PASS OVER YOU. And the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt” (Ex. 12:11-13).

A source of confusion in translation: consonants are the same for both words, pacach and pecach in Strong’s Concordance, but vowels in the original Hebrew are different.
Exodus 12:23 פָּסַח H6452 pacach pass over (the LORD will pass over)
23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

Outline of Biblical Usage for H6452 pacach

to pass over, spring over
(Qal) to pass over
(Piel) to skip, pass over
to limp
(Qal) to limp
(Niphal) to be lame
(Piel) to limp

Exodus 12:21 פֶּסַח h6453 pecach passover (to kill or eat the Passover)
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover H6453

Outline of Biblical Usage h6453 pecach

sacrifice of passover
animal victim of the passover
festival of the passover

Leviticus 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover H6453
Num 9:2 Let the children of Israel also keep the passover H6453 at his appointed season.
Eze 45:21 In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, H6453 a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.

The word to commemorates the Exodus is Pecach (H6453) and not Pacach (H6452) in Strong’s Concordance.

A variation of a single vowel could make a huge difference in the meaning of a sentence. Consider “h slps n th hll” in our English language. It could be read as
(1) He sleeps in the hill
(2) He slips in the hall
(3) He sleeps in the hall
(4) He slips in the hill

Fred Coulter’s analysis is, unfortunately, greatly mistaken.

~ by Joel Huan on July 4, 2019.

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