Moses

The Burning Bush

(Exodus 6:2—7:7; 11:1–4; 12:35, 36)

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.

 

The Mission of Moses 

Exodus 3:

10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.

15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:

17 And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.

19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.

20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.

22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.

 

Exodus 13:

19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

 

Exodus 34:

30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.

34 But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.

35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

 

Jasher 3:
1. And Enoch lived sixty-five years and he begat Methuselah; and Enoch walked with God
after having begot Methuselah, and he served the Lord, and despised the evil ways of
men.
2. And the soul of Enoch was wrapped up in the instruction of the Lord, in knowledge and
in understanding; and he wisely retired from the sons of men, and secreted himself from
them for many days.
3. And it was at the expiration of many years, whilst he was serving the Lord, and praying
before him in his house, that an angel of the Lord called to him from Heaven, and he
said, Here am I.
4. And he said, Rise, go forth from thy house and from the place where thou dost hide
thyself, and appear to the sons of men, in order that thou mayest teach them the way in
which they should go and the work which they must accomplish to enter in the ways of
God.
5. And Enoch rose up according to the word of the Lord, and went forth from his house,
from his place and from the chamber in which he was concealed; and he went to the
sons of men and taught them the ways of the Lord, and at that time assembled the sons
of men and acquainted them with the instruction of the Lord.
6. And he ordered it to be proclaimed in all places where the sons of men dwelt, saying,
Where is the man who wishes to know the ways of the Lord and good works? let him
come to Enoch.
7. And all the sons of men then assembled to him, for all who desired this thing went to
Enoch, and Enoch reigned over the sons of men according to the word of the Lord, and
they came and bowed to him and they heard his word.
8. And the spirit of God was upon Enoch, and he taught all his men the wisdom of God

and his ways, and the sons of men served the Lord all the days of Enoch, and they came
to hear his wisdom.
9. And all the kings of the sons of men, both first and last, together with their princes and
judges, came to Enoch when they heard of his wisdom, and they bowed down to him,
and they also required of Enoch to reign over them, to which he consented.
10. And they assembled in all, one hundred and thirty kings and princes, and they made
Enoch king over them and they were all under his power and command.
11. And Enoch taught them wisdom, knowledge, and the ways of the Lord; and he made
peace amongst them, and peace was throughout the earth during the life of Enoch.
12. And Enoch reigned over the sons of men two hundred and forty-three years, and he did
justice and righteousness with all his people, and he led them in the ways of the Lord.
13. And these are the generations of Enoch, Methuselah, Elisha, and Elimelech, three sons;
and their sisters were Melca and Nahmah, and Methuselah lived eighty-seven years and
he begat Lamech.
14. And it was in the fifty-sixth year of the life of Lamech when Adam died; nine hundred
and thirty years old was he at his death, and his two sons, with Enoch and Methuselah
his son, buried him with great pomp, as at the burial of kings, in the cave which God
had told him.
15. And in that place all the sons of men made a great mourning and weeping on account of
Adam; it has therefore become a custom among the sons of men to this day.
16. And Adam died because he ate of the tree of knowledge; he and his children after him,
as the Lord God had spoken.
17. And it was in the year of Adam's death which was the two hundred and forty-third year
of the reign of Enoch, in that time Enoch resolved to separate himself from the sons of
men and to secret himself as at first in order to serve the Lord.
18. And Enoch did so, but did not entirely secret himself from them, but kept away from the
sons of men three days and then went to them for one day.
19. And during the three days that he was in his chamber, he prayed to, and praised the
Lord his God, and the day on which he went and appeared to his subjects he taught
them the ways of the Lord, and all they asked him about the Lord he told them.
20. And he did in this manner for many years, and he afterward concealed himself for six
days, and appeared to his people one day in seven; and after that once in a month, and
then once in a year, until all the kings, princes and sons of men sought for him, and
desired again to see the face of Enoch, and to hear his word; but they could not, as all
the sons of men were greatly afraid of Enoch, and they feared to approach him on
account of the Godlike awe that was seated upon his countenance; therefore no man
could look at him, fearing he might be punished and die.
21. And all the kings and princes resolved to assemble the sons of men, and to come to
Enoch, thinking that they might all speak to him at the time when he should come forth
amongst them, and they did so.
22. And the day came when Enoch went forth and they all assembled and came to him, and
Enoch spoke to them the words of the Lord and he taught them wisdom and knowledge,
and they bowed down before him and they said, May the king live! May the king live!
23. And in some time after, when the kings and princes and the sons of men were speaking
to Enoch, and Enoch was teaching them the ways of God, behold an angel of the Lord
then called unto Enoch from heaven, and wished to bring him up to heaven to make him
reign there over the sons of God, as he had reigned over the sons of men upon earth.
24. When at that time Enoch heard this he went and assembled all the inhabitants of the
earth, and taught them wisdom and knowledge and gave them divine instructions, and
he said to them, I have been required to ascend into heaven, I therefore do not know the
day of my going.
25. And now therefore I will teach you wisdom and knowledge and will give you
instruction before I leave you, how to act upon earth whereby you may live; and he did
so.
26. And he taught them wisdom and knowledge, and gave them instruction, and he
reproved them, and he placed before them statutes and judgments to do upon earth, and
he made peace amongst them, and he taught them everlasting life, and dwelt with them
some time teaching them all these things.
27. And at that time the sons of men were with Enoch, and Enoch was speaking to them,
and they lifted up their eyes and the likeness of a great horse descended from heaven,
and the horse paced in the air;
28. And they told Enoch what they had seen, and Enoch said to them, On my account does
this horse descend upon earth; the time is come when I must go from you and I shall no
more be seen by you.
29. And the horse descended at that time and stood before Enoch, and all the sons of men
that were with Enoch saw him.
30. And Enoch then again ordered a voice to be proclaimed, saying, Where is the man who
delighteth to know the ways of the Lord his God, let him come this day to Enoch before
he is taken from us.
31. And all the sons of men assembled and came to Enoch that day; and all the kings of the
earth with their princes and counsellors remained with him that day; and Enoch then
taught the sons of men wisdom and knowledge, and gave them divine instruction; and
he bade them serve the Lord and walk in his ways all the days of their lives, and he
continued to make peace amongst them.
32. And it was after this that he rose up and rode upon the horse; and he went forth and all
the sons of men went after him, about eight hundred thousand men; and they went with
him one day's journey.
33. And the second day he said to them, Return home to your tents, why will you go?
perhaps you may die; and some of them went from him, and those that remained went
with him six day's journey; and Enoch said to them every day, Return to your tents, lest
you may die; but they were not willing to return, and they went with him.
34. And on the sixth day some of the men remained and clung to him, and they said to him,
We will go with thee to the place where thou goest; as the Lord liveth, death only shall
separate us.
35. And they urged so much to go with him, that he ceased speaking to them; and they went
after him and would not return;
36. And when the kings returned they caused a census to be taken, in order to know the
number of remaining men that went with Enoch; and it was upon the seventh day that
Enoch ascended into heaven in a whirlwind, with horses and chariots of fire.
37. And on the eighth day all the kings that had been with Enoch sent to bring back the
number of men that were with Enoch, in that place from which he ascended into heaven.
38. And all those kings went to the place and they found the earth there filled with snow,
and upon the snow were large stones of snow, and one said to the other, Come, let us
break through the snow and see, perhaps the men that remained with Enoch are dead,
and are now under the stones of snow, and they searched but could not find him, for he
had ascended into heaven.

 

Source:

The book of Jasher:

Faithfully translated (1840) from the Original Hebrew into English. A Reprint of Photo
Lithographic Reprint of Exact Edition Published by J.H. Parry & Co., Salt Lake City: 1887]