Moses the Prophet Icon
Orthodox Icon of Prophet Moses and the Burning Bush. Icon of 12th cent., St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai Egypt.
Commemorated September 4th.
The Holy Prophet and God-Seer Moses was of the tribe of Levi, the son of Abram and Jochabed (Exodus 6:20). His life is described in the Bible (Exodus 2 through Deuteronomy 34:12). Moses was born in Egypt around 1689 B.C. When Pharaoh ordered all male children of the Hebrew slaves to be killed (Exodus 1:22), Moses mother placed him in a basket of papyrus coated with pitch, and set him adrift on the Nile. Pharaoh's daughter found him and raised him as her own son. At the age of eighty, Moses fled to Midian, where he spoke to God in the Burning Bush on Mt. Horeb (Exodus 3:2).
God chose Moses to lead His people from the slavery of Egypt. They crossed the Red Sea as if it were dry land, and for forty years they wandered in the desert. Arriving in the land of Moab, Moses went to the top of Mt. Nabau, or Nebo (Deuteronomy 32:49), which is called Phasga (Deut. 34:1). There, according to the will of God, he died in 1569 B.C. at the age of 120 without entering the Promised Land.
The first two Biblical Odes are attributed to Moses: Let us sing to the Lord...u201d (Exodus 15:1-9), which was sung on the shores of the Red Sea after the Hebrews had crossed it. Attend, O heaven... (Deut. 32:1-43) was sung in the land of Moab, a few days before Moses death. He is also regarded as the author of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament). The holy Prophet Moses performed many miracles during his lifetime, and also after his death.
He appeared on Tabor with the Prophet Elias at the Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6). On the day that St John of the Ladder (March 30) was installed as abbot of Mt. Sinai, the Prophet Moses was seen going around and giving orders to the cooks, stewards, and servants. When the guests had gone and the monks were sitting at table, they wondered what had become of the stranger who had been giving orders. St John said, Our Lord Moses does nothing strange by serving in the place which belongs to him.