Shadows of Messiah – The Duck

Shadows of Messiah - Ducks


In Hebrew, the word for duck is ברווז ‘barvaz.’  ברווז ‘barvaz’ is related to the word ברבור ‘barbor’ which is speaking of fowls, as in those fattened by grain (בר ‘bar’) in the field.

The root of ברווז ‘barbor’ is בר ‘bar’ which literally means ‘family of heads’ which is referring to grains such as wheat and barley which have a cluster of seeds at the top of the stalk called heads.   בר ‘bar’ is also the word for the Son, who is THE Head (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18),  as seen in Psalm 2:12 & Proverbs 30:4.

The English word duck is named so because of its ‘ducking’ of its head into the water.  Again, a connection to the head.  To duck also means to bow or stoop.  Nodding or ducking of the head further displays this as a sign of respect before another.

Isaac Mozeson traces the English word ‘duck’ back to the Hebrew word קדד ‘qadad’ which is also speaking of the bowing of the head.


The Old English word for duck was ‘teal’ which was referring to the color of the head on some species of duck.

Teal or aqua is linked to Messiah and His body.

“His body is like aquamarine Hebrew, geviyyato khe-tarshish, borrowed from the vision of Daniel (10:6).  The gem tarshish cannot be identified with any certainty; renderings include: chrysolite, ruby, topaz, opal, mother-of-pearl, and aquamarine – a transparent blue-green variety of beryl.”

Dan 10:6  His body was also like the beryl, and his face looked like lightning. And his eyes were like torches of fire; and his arms and his feet in color like polished bronze; and the sound of his words were as the noise of a multitude.

The word ‘beryl’ is translated from the Hebrew word תרשיש ‘tarshish’ which comes from the root רש ‘resh’ which means the head.


This trait of ducks following their parents comes from imprinting.  This occurs shortly after hatching where the duckling will imprint upon the first moving object they are looking at.  This is a picture of man being born again and the first thing they look upon is Messiah.

In the wilderness Israel was healed through looking upon the serpent on a pole.  This was a figure of being saved through ‘looking’ upon the Messiah on the cross/tree.

Num 21:9  And Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it on a pole; and it happened, if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
Joh 3:14  And even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
Joh 3:15  that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Exo 14:13  And Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid. Take your stand and see the salvation of Jehovah, which He will prepare for you today. For as you see the Egyptians today, you shall not continue to see them again forever.
Luk 3:6  “and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Isaiah 40:3-5
Isa 52:10  Jehovah has bared His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Psa 123:2  Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters; as the eyes of a maiden to the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait on Jehovah our God, until He shows grace to us.

Rev 14:1  And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion! And with Him were a hundred and forty four thousands, with the name of His Father having been written on their foreheads.
Rev 14:2  And I heard a sound out of Heaven, as a sound of many waters, and as a sound of great thunder. Also I heard a sound of harpers harping on their harps.
Rev 14:3  And they sing as a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures and the elders. And no one was able to learn the song except the hundred and forty four thousands, those having been redeemed from the earth.
Rev 14:4  These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones following the Lamb wherever He may go. These were redeemed from among men as a firstfruit to God and to the Lamb.
Rev 14:5  And no guile was found in their mouth, for they are without blemish before the throne of God.

The Hebrew word for ‘quacking’ is קרקר ‘qarqar’ or קרקור ‘qarqor.’  This comes from the Hebrew word קר ‘qar’ which means to call a meeting, literally a ‘gathering of the heads.’

In Hebrew, the way to say ‘quack’ is גיעגוע ‘gigua’ or געגע ‘gaga.’  געגע ‘gigua’ comes from the root גע ‘ga’ which means to gasp.  This is the root of the word גוע ‘guah’ which means to ‘give up the ghost’ as in a last gasp.

Giving up the ghost is linked to being gathered.

Gen 49:33  And Jacob finished commanding his sons, and he gathered his feet into the bed. And he expired, and was gathered to his people.

Joh 19:30  Then when Jesus took the vinegar, He said, It has been finished. And bowing His head, He delivered up the spirit.

Notice in John 19:30, Messiah gives up the ghost (here linked to the duck’s quack) and bows His head, which in Hebrew is קדד ‘qadad’ the origin of the English word duck.

Another word which comes from גע ‘ga’ is יגע ‘yaga’ which means to labor, as in work which causes heavy breathing and weariness.  This too is related to being gathered unto Messiah.

Isa 62:11  Behold, Jehovah has made it to be heard to the end of the earth; Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold! Your salvation comes! Behold! His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.
Isa 62:12  And they shall call them, The Holy People, the Redeemed of Jehovah. And to you it shall be called, Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.
Isa 40:10  Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come with strength, and His arm rules for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His wage before Him.
Isa 40:11  He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; He shall gather lambs with His arm; and carry them in His bosom; those with young He will lead;

Under the Shadow of His Wings

Mat 23:37  Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those sent to her. How often I desired to gather your children in the way a bird gathers {ἐπισυνάγω ‘episunagō’} her chicks under her wings! And you did not desire it.

The Greek word here for gathers is ἐπισυνάγω ‘episunagō’ from whence comes the word ‘synagogue’ which means a gathering of people.  Interestingly, this word is linked to the water.

Gen 1:9  And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be collected to one place, and let the dry land appear. And it was so.

The word collected/gathered in verse 9 is from the Hebrew word קוה ‘qavah’ which is from the same Hebrew root word as mikvah/baptize.  In the Septuagint this is translated a συναγωγὴν ‘sunagōgē’ or in English ‘synagogue.’

Gen 1:9  Καὶ εἶπεν ὁ θεός Συναχθήτω τὸ ὕδωρ τὸ ὑποκάτω τοῦ οὐρανοῦ εἰς συναγωγὴν μίαν, καὶ ὀφθήτω ἡ ξηρά. καὶ ἐγένετο οὕτως. καὶ συνήχθη τὸ ὕδωρ τὸ ὑποκάτω τοῦ οὐρανοῦ εἰς τὰς συναγωγὰς αὐτῶν, καὶ ὤφθη ἡ ξηρά.

Thayer Definition:
1) a bringing together, gathering (as of fruits), a contracting
2) in the NT, an assembling together of men, an assembly of men
3) a synagogue

Psa 74:2  Remember Your congregation (συναγωγῆς ‘sunagoges’); You bought them in days before; You redeemed us as the rod of Your inheritance, this Mount Zion in which You have dwelt.

The Church/Synagogue = His Body

1Ti 3:15  But if I delay, that you may know how to behave in the house of God, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

The collecting of the waters is a picture of the body of Messiah.  There are 7 bodies of water on the earth which correspond to the 7 branches of the Menorah, yet Genesis 1 describes the gathering of these waters into one, just as the Menorah was made of on beaten piece of gold (Exodus 25:36).

The word for duck ברווז ‘barvaz’ does not appear in the Scripture but the swan, which is from the same family of animals does.  The Hebrew word for swan is תנשמת ‘tinshemet’ does {Leviticus 11:18; Deuteronomy 14:16}. The swan is from the family of Anatidae which also includes ducks and geese.  Anatidae comes from the Latin word ‘anas’ which means duck.

תנשמת ‘tinshemet’ comes from the root נשם ‘nesham’ which means pant or breath from the parent root שם ‘shem’ which means breath or name.

Here we see a picture of a bird which represents the Spirit.  As seen above, the themes connected with the duck are speaking of gathering to the head, who is Messiah.  This is seen in the Hebrew word רחף ‘rachaph’ which is speaking of a bird hovering over its nest (Genesis 1:2).

Deu 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste, a howling wilderness. He encircled him and cared for him; He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.

Mat 23:37  Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those sent to her. How often I desired to gather your children in the way a bird gathers her chicks under her wings! And you did not desire it.
He gathers us together by the cross, where His שם ‘shem’ name was revealed.

Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.

Joh 8:28  Then Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM; and from Myself I do nothing; but as My Father taught Me, these things I speak.

Joh 19:19  And Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross. And having been written, it was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

The pictographs of יהוה ‘Yahweh’ speak of Him being revealed through the nails in His Hands

Joh 20:27  Then He said to Thomas, Bring your finger here and see My hands, and bring your hand and thrust into My side, and be not unbelieving, but believing.
Joh 20:28  And Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and my God!

תנשמת ‘tinshemet’ has the numerical value of 1190.  Richard McGough has found that this number is pointing to the blood of the covenant.

This covenant is pointing to the regathering in Messiah.
Isa 52:12  For you shall not go out with haste, nor will you go by flight; for Jehovah is going before you, and the God of Israel gathers you.
Isa 52:13  Behold, My Servant shall rule wisely; He shall be exalted and lifted up and be very high.

Isa 42:6  I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
Isa 49:3  And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
Isa 49:6  And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
Isa 49:7  Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.
Isa 49:8  Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
Isa 49:9  That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

Heb 13:20  Now the God of Peace, He leading up out of the dead, the great Shepherd of the sheep, in the blood of the everlasting covenant, our Lord Jesus,
Heb 13:21  perfect you in every good work, in order to do His will, doing in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Zec 9:11  Also you, by the blood of your covenant I have sent out your prisoners from the pit; no water is in it.

Further connecting the concept of the gathering unto Messiah is seen in the word גם ‘gam.’

Literally, גם ‘gam’ is a picture of the foot walking towards water.  The imagery of the Shepherd leading His sheep to the still waters (Psalm 23:2) is seen here.  The word in Psalm 23:2 for ‘still’ {מנוחה ‘menuchah’ from the root נח} displays this concept.

Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible pg 22


The word in Hebrew for pool, or collection/gathering of waters is אגם ‘agam’ which comes from this root גם ‘gam.’  As seen in Genesis 1:9-13, this collection of waters is a picture of the body of Messiah being gathered together.  This study has numerous connections and goes into much more depth pertaining to the concept of gathering at the waters and the Word.

The Hebrew letter ג ‘gimmel/gam’ is a pictograph of a foot but also represents a camel.

The Holy Scriptures link the camel to the gathering of the waters:

Gen 24:11  And he made the camels kneel {ברך ‘barakh’} outside the city, by a well of water at the time of the evening, the time that women go out to draw.

ברך ‘barakh’ connects with the word גמל gamal through the English word ‘pool.’  The word pool is translated from 3 different Hebrew words.  אגם ‘agam,’ מקוה ‘miqveh,’ and ברכה ‘berakah.’

This word comes from the root:

Notice that the parent root of this word is בר ‘bar,’ mentioned in the prophecy of Zephaniah about the pure lip that will be returned to mankind.  This is the word for Son (Psalm 2:12) who is made King and the root of the word בוווז ‘barvaz’ meaning duck in Hebrew.

It is significant to note that every knee (ברך ‘berakh’) shall bow before the King, and every tongue (שׂפה ברורה ‘saphah barorah’) shall confess that He is LORD.

Isa 45:22  Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.
Isa 45:23  I have sworn by Myself, the Word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Isa 45:24  He shall say, Only in Jehovah do I have righteousness and strength; to Him he comes; and they are ashamed, all who are angry with Him.
Php 2:10  that at the name of Jesus “every knee should bow,” of heavenly ones, and earthly ones, and ones under the earth,
Php 2:11  and “every tongue should confess” that Jesus Christ is “Lord,” to the glory of God the Father. Isa. 45:23

Rom 14:11  For it has been written, “As I live, says the Lord, that every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue confess to God.” Isa. 45:23

The word for lip in Hebrew סף ‘saph’ also gives the sense of gathering.  אסף ‘asaph’ has the meaning of a gathering of people to one place.  סף ‘saph’ is the root of the word סןף ‘soph’ which is speaking of the bank of a body of water.  The study on Genesis 1:9-13 speaks in more detail on this connection to the body of Messiah.  The different aspects of the riverbank point to the gathering of the body of Messiah and the resurrection of the dead.

The Hebrew word עד ‘ad’ which is translated as ‘witness’ also means gathering.  It literally means to ‘see the door.’  This is speaking of the gathering of people to the tent of meeting.  The Tabernacle was a picture of Messiah, who is the Door.  The feasts מועד ‘moed’ come from this root, as well as the word for betrothal יעד ‘ya’ad.’  The word חג ‘chag’ is also translated as feast in Hebrew and also has the meaning of gathering.

The Scriptures define the feasts as מקרא קדש ‘miqra qodesh’ or holy gatherings.  מקרא ‘miqra’ comes from the word קר which literally means ‘gather the men.’  It was at these feasts that the Name of God was ‘called’ upon.  The word here for ‘call’ is קרא ‘qara’ from the קר ‘qar’ root.  קרא ‘qara’ means to gather to a meeting to hear the Word read from a scroll.  Recall that the Hebrew word for quack קרקר ‘qarqar’ comes from this word קר ‘qar.’

The word for brood in Hebrew is דגר ‘dagar’ which means a gathering of a brood under the wings of a hen.

Mat 23:37  Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those sent to her. How often I desired to gather your children in the way a bird gathers her chicks under her wings! And you did not desire it.

This gathering under the shadow of His Wings is the meaning of being a little guy in His Eye.

Psa 17:8 Keep me as the pupil, the daughter of the eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings,

כאישׁון בת־עין ‘k`ishon (man) bat (daughter) ayin (eye)’…the little guy/girl in the eye

Deu 32:7  Remember the ancient days, consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will declare to you, your elders, and they shall say to you;
Deu 32:8  when the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance; when He separated the sons of Adam, He set up the bounds of the peoples, according to the number of the sons of Israel.
Deu 32:9  For Jehovah’s portion is His people; Jacob is the lot of His inheritance.
Deu 32:10  He found him in a desert land, and in the waste, a howling wilderness. He encircled him and cared for him; He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
Deu 32:11  As the eagle stirs up its nest; it hovers over its young; it spreads out its wings and takes it, and bears it on its wing.
Deu 32:12  Jehovah alone led him, and there was no strange god with him.


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