(The Eighth Day of the Blessed Month of Tute)
The Departure of Moses the
On this day also, the righteous Moses, the
head of the prophets, departed. He labored on behalf of the people of God till
his death and delivered up himself for them. It was he who worked miracles and
wonders in Egypt and in the Red Sea. When he became of age, refused to be called
the son of the daughter of Pharaoh.
She brought him up when his parents left him on the
banks of the river because they were afraid of Pharaoh who had commanded the
slaughter of all male children of the Hebrews. When the daughter of Pharaoh
found him by the river, she took him and reared him as her own son. When he had
40 years, he saw an Egyptian slaying one of
the Hebrews and straightaway he avenged the Hebrew and slew the Egyptian. The
next day he saw two of the Hebrews fighting and he attempted to make peace
between them. He, who was in the wrong, told him, "Do you want to slay me as you
did slay the Egyptian yesterday?" Because of this, Moses fled to the land of
Midian where he married and begot two sons. (Exodus
When he was
80 years old, a fire appeared to him in a
bush, but the bush was not consumed. When he moved close to behold this great
sight, the Lord spoke to him from the bush and commanded him to bring out the
people of Israel from the land of Egypt.
God worked at his hands the ten plagues upon the
Egyptians, the first was the river which turned into blood and the last was the
slaughter of the first born of the Egyptians. (Exodus
brought the people out, and he divided the Red Sea and made them pass through
it, and then he brought back the water over their enemies. He brought down for
them "Manna" in the desert for forty years, and he made the water flow from a
rock, and in spite of that they grumbled against him and many times they wanted
to stone him. But he was long suffering with them, and he prayed to God for
them, and because he loved them greatly, he said to God, "If You will not
forgive this people their transgression, then blot out my name from Your book."
The Book testified that he spoke with God five hundred and seventy times as a
man talks with his friend, and he was called the mouthpiece of God. When Moses
came down from Mt. Sinai, after being with God, with the two tables of testimony
in his hands, his face was shining. The children of Israel were afraid to come
near him, so he put a veil on his face when he came near to talk to them. (Ex.
When he was
120 years old, God commanded him to commit
the leadership of the people to Joshua, the son of Nun, his disciple.
Moses called him and commanded him with the commands of God and His Law, and
informed Joshua that he was the one to bring the people into the promised land.
After Moses had made the Tabernacle of Witness and everything which was in it as
God had commanded him, he died in the mountain. He was buried there, and God hid
his body so the children of Israel would not find it and worship it because the
Book testifies there never rose up a prophet in Israel as Moses. When Satan
wished to reveal the body, Michael the archangel rebuked him, and prevented him
from doing so as St. Jude testifies in his epistle. (Verse
His prayers be with us. Amen.
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