Moses is sometimes shown in pictures and statues, with "horns" coming out of his head. "Horn" appears to be an alternate Hebrew translation for the "shiny" appearance Moses exhibited, following his one-on-one conversation with LORD, at Mount Sinai in Exodus 34.
Smarthistory by Khan Academy, put out a 4 minute video about the Michelangelo's statue of Moses, located at San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome, Italy (see above).
Moses Excels All Pious Men - by Lous Ginzberg, New York, March 2, 1911.
The degree of Moses' superiority over the other pious men can be seen by following:
- Adam died because he has been seduced by the serpent, whereas Moses fashioned a serpent out of brass at sight of which everyone that had been bitten by a snake recovered.
- Noah offered a sacrifice to God that was accepted, but he himself was not admitted to God's presence. When Moses, on the other hand, offered a sacrifice in Israel's name, God said to him, "Know that twice daily I shall dwell with ye."
- Abraham had been the cause for Israel's bondage in Egypt, for that was the punishment for his words, "'Whereby shall I know that I shall inherit 'the land?" Moses, on the other hand, it was that delivered Israel out of Egyptian bondage.
- Jacob indeed conquered in his struggle with the angel, but the blow that the angel dealt him put Jacob's thigh out of joint forever, whereas Moses inspired the angels with such fear that as soon as they beheld him in heaven, they fled.
- On the first day God created light, but Moses mounted into heaven and seized the spiritual light, the Torah.
- On the second day God created the firmament, whereby He decreed that the earth was not to enter the realm of the firmament, nor the firmament the realm of the earth, but Moses scaled the firmament even though he belonged to earth.
- On the third day God created the sea, but as soon as the sea caught sight of Moses, it retreated before him, frightened.
- On the fourth day God created the sun and the moon to illuminate the earth, but Moses said to God: "I do not wish sun and moon to give light to Israel, Thou Thyself shalt do so," and God granted his prayer.
- On the fifth day God created the animals, but Moses slaughtered whatever animals he wanted for Israel's needs. When, therefore, God laid all the objects of creation on one side of the scales, and Moses upon the other, Moses outweighed them.
But not in this world alone was Moses the great leader and teacher of his people, he shall be the same in the future world, in accordance with the promise God made him shortly before his death. God said: "Thou that didst lead My children in this world, shalt also lead them in the future world.
The Celebracy of Moses
While reviewing the life of Moses, there is one enigmatic moment where Miriam, talks about Moses' wife and as a result, her hands become infected by leprosy. This incident was in Numbers 12, and here an account I came across by cross referencing other material.
If you recall, this incident took place right after the 70 elders were selected to go on top of Mount Sinai. Upon hearing this, Moses' wife said, "Woe to their wives, who will have to be separated from their husbands now." Moses has been staying away from his wife and that's why her father dropped her off along with the children at the base of Mount Sinai.
When Miriam heard this for the first time, she felt angry and annoyed. She wanted to help Moses visualize that he should not be neglecting his family in order to do his job as leader and prophet. She therefore went to Aaron, her brother and reported about what she just heard. She asked Aaron, "We are prophets and we have not neglected our spouses, why should Moses?"
Miriam had a point that the Torah is adamant about a man’s obligation to a woman’s conjugal needs for intimacy. Judaism does not regard celibacy as an ideal. Aaron agreed with Miriam and teamed up in questioning Moses.
LORD'S response (in Numbers 12) was that:
“When there is a prophet among you,(a) Moses, in fact, was the most humble person on the face of the earth.
I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions,
I speak to them in dreams.
7 But this is not true of my servant Moses;
he is faithful in all my house.
8 With him I speak face to face,
clearly and not in riddles;
he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
to speak against my servant Moses?”
(b) Other prophets received their prophecies at designated times - in their dreams. They could "have time" for both their spouses as well as for LORD. Moses had to be "on call" with LORD twenty-four hours a day.
(c) Miriam should not have questioned the righteousness of Moses.
Hence Miriam was punished with leprosy for seven days.
Psalms by Moses
Many believe that Moses wrote two Psalms - Psalms 90 and 91. Out of these, Psalms 91 is used quite widely. Many expressions and idioms used in Psalms 91 are similar to the ones used by Moses in Deuteronomy, and point towards him as the composer.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
“Shelter of the Most High = The Holy of Holies
“Under the shadow of the Almighty” = Huge cloud of LORD
“Under the shadow of the Almighty” = Huge cloud of LORD
US Law and Ten Commandments
US government is prohibited from promoting a specific religious belief. Furthermore, the government cannot compel a citizen to enter a house of worship or profess a particular religious view. It protects the constitutional principle of the separation of state and church.
The main entrance to the United States Supreme Court has no reference to religion or the Ten Commandments.
The frieze on the wall above where the Supreme Court judges sit, depicting a seated figure beside a tablet with the Roman numerals I-X, does not represent Moses or the Ten Commandments. Those Roman numerals I-X stand for the ten amendments of the Bill of Rights
Moses is depicted inside the Supreme Court (fourth from left on the south frieze), he is one of many “great lawgivers of history” on the South and North walls.
The lettering on the tablet shown with Moses represents fragments of Hebrew words from only the last five Commandments.
Moses is indeed depicted twice at the Supreme Court (outside and inside), along with Confucius and Solon. Moses is the central figure on the eastern pediment.
'Eastern Pediment' of the Supreme Court Building suggests the treatment of such fundamental laws and precepts as derived from the East. They acknowledge the unsurprising fact that American civilization, like all cultures, had many historical antecedents, having been settled by people from all over the world.
The first four Commandments have nothing to do with law or ethics. They are religious edicts.
First Commandment violates US Constitution. The United States Government cannot tell citizens what god to worship, how many gods to worship, or that we should worship any god(s) at all. The phrase “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” contradicts the Bill of Rights. Breaking the first Commandment is not illegal under American law.
Making graven images is not illegal under American law. The second commandment violates the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.
Taking the “LORD'S name” in vain is not illegal under American law. This commandment also violates the freedom of speech.
Failing to worship on the Sabbath is not illegal under American law. The Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion.
It is not illegal to dishonor parents under American law. Although respect and honor are good ideas, especially within a family, there is no American law that requires it.
Adultery is not illegal under federal law. Although adultery is a serious matter with social and moral consequences, it is not a federal crime in the United States.
It is not illegal to "covet" your neighbor’s property under American law.
Only three of the Ten Commandments have relevance to modern American law.
Supreme Court, following the Constitution, has declared that the Ten Commandments are “undeniably a sacred text”
Google Exodus - credits Aish.com
Ever wondered, how would the Exodus be, if all of the leading characters in Exodus had access to the communication tools that we had today?
Imagine God, Moses, and Pharaoh had the internet, Google, Skype, YouTube, email, Twitter, Amazon, Craigslist, and cell phones available to them. How different would it have been?
Among the lightning-fast visuals (don't blink or you'll miss many of them) are:
- Moses logging on to his Windows account with his password (BasketBaby - both 'B's uppercase!).
- CNN flashing Breaking News: Pharaoh Enslaves Jews; World Leaders Condemn Israel.
- Moses surfing online and searching Yahoo Answers - "Why the bush is burning but not being consumed?"
- While he's online, Moses gets a Skype message from God (It's me, God! Go down, Moses. Way down to Egypt's land.)
- Moses replies that he's on it, and does an immediate Google search for Pharaoh's Palace (not Pharaoh's Pizza Palace or Pharaoh's Palace Bar & Grill).
- Moses updating his facebook status, about his rod changing into a snake.
- And many more....
... in this 2+ minute video.
I thought it was creatively done, and you may need to watch it multiple times to capture all those humor in it.
Video Credits: Aish.com
Jews do not Camp anymore!
The Children of Israel
At the Thomas Church Sunday school, Mr. Goldblatt the new teacher, finished the day's lesson. It was now time for the usual question period.
"Mr. Goldblatt," announced little Joey, "there's somethin' I can't figger out."
"What's that Joey?" asked Goldblatt.
"Well accordin' to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?"
"An' the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?"
"An' the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?"
"Again you're right."
"An' the Children of Israel fought the 'gyptians, an' the Children of Israel fought the Romans, an' the Children of Israel wuz always doin' somethin' important, right?"
"All that is right, too," agreed Goldblatt, "So, what's your question?"
"What I wanna know is this," demanded Joey. "What were all the grown-ups doin'?"
Moses the Samurai
There once was a powerful emperor who needed a new chief Samurai. So he put up posters throughout the land saying he was searching for a new chief Samurai. But after 2 months, only 3 Samurai applied for the job: a Japanese, a Chinese, and Moses. So he interviewed all three.
The emperor first asked the Japanese to demonstrate why he should be his chief Samurai. The Japanese opened a little silver box and out flew a little fly. Whoosh went his sword and the fly dropped dead in two pieces. The emperor was impressed.
The emperor then asked the Chinese to demonstrate why he should be his chief Samurai. The Chinese opened a small pearl box and out flew a smaller fly. Whoosh, whoosh went his sword and the fly dropped dead in four pieces. The emperor was very impressed.
Then the emperor asked Moses to demonstrate why he should be his chief Samurai. Moses opened a small gold box and out flew a wasp. Whoooooossshhh, whoooooossshhh, whooooooossshhh, whoooooossshhh, whoooooossshhh went Moses' sword, but the wasp was still alive and buzzing around the emperor.
The emperor was very disappointed and asked Moses, "After all your sword play, why is the wasp not dead?"
Moses replied, "A circumcision is not intended to kill."
The Ten Commandments
Here is why God gave the Jews the Ten Commandments:
God first went to the Canaanites and asked if they would like just one commandment from the Torah.
"What commandment?" they asked.
"Thou shalt not kill," replied God.
The Canaanites thought it over and said, "No thanks, we'll pass."
God then went to the Ishmaelites and asked if they would like just one commandment from the Torah.
"What commandment?" they asked.
"Thou shalt not steal!" thundered God.
"Are you crazy?" they replied. "No thanks."
So God finally went to the Jews and asked if they wanted one commandment.
"How much?" they asked.
"Uh…well, they're free," God replied.
"OK, we'll take Ten!"
Joshua on Monday!