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chapter 13

1. After these things were said, Moses departed a distance away from Joshua up into the mountain, to die out of sight of any person.

2. Joshua watched, and Caleb also approached unto Joshua to see what was about to happen.

3. Out of sight of Joshua and Caleb, Moses laid himself down to die.

4. The Lord God commanded Michael, the archangel, to bury the body of Moses.

5. As Michael and a host of heavenly angels approached Moses, the devil, Satan, confronted Michael, the archangel.

6. Satan said: 'I am the lord of matter, and this body is rightfully mine, for this man, Moses, has murdered an Egyptian!'

7. Michael answered the devil: 'Is that you, O deceiver, of the people? It was you who first deceived mankind, and instigated the serpent to tempt Eve!

8. Had you not done so, there would be no death amidst mankind. The Lord God has sent me to bury this body out of sight of all, and therefore, I am acting on His authority.

9. This man obviously belongs to his God, and God's mercy is now being given to him. Therefore, the Lord rebuke you, for seeking to extend your will over His!'

10. As the devil fled from the rebuke in the name of the Lord, the holy angels received the spirit of Moses and ascended up into the clouds with the spirit, of God's prophet, Moses.

11. Joshua and Caleb viewed the spirit of Moses ascend up into the clouds. They rejoiced and wept at the sight before them.

12. The archangel, Michael, then buried the body of Moses, out of the sight of Joshua, Caleb, the devil, and any person... -




Chapter 13 is a compilation from the few phrases and sentences that appear preserved:

by Jude

in Jude 9,

by Serverus, patriarch of Antioch (A.D. 512-519)

in "Acta Syndoi Nicaen" 2:20,


by Clement of Alexandria,

in "Adumbrat in Ep. Iudea", in "Strom." 6:15,

and in "In Ios-Hom." 2:1,


by Origen,

in "De Princ" 3:12,


by Euodias,

in "Ep. as August" 258.



Testament of Moses 13:

1. After these things were said, Moses departed a distance away from Joshua up into the mountain, to die out of sight of any person.

2. Joshua watched, and Caleb also approached unto Joshua to see what was about to happen.

3. Out of sight of Joshua and Caleb, Moses laid himself down to die.

The Jewish people loved Moses. His books were revered as no others. Many Jewish converts were tempted to go back to the law of Moses, or to at least incorporate it more fully into their new-found Christian beliefs.

Moses had been a fantastic saint. He was the one:

chosen by God to deliver Israel from their bondage in Egypt,


chosen to return to earth with Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration

with Jesus shortly before the crucifixion,


loved by the Jewish people of the time of Jesus' first coming,

and by many Jewish people still of our day,


complained about, and criticized

by the people of his own time.



Moses was born about 1500 years before the Lord's first coming. He was born both the grandson and great grandson of Levi, the son of Jacob. He was the son of Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, and of Amram, the grandson of Levi.

The devil, knowing it was near the time prophesied that a deliverer would come to take Israel back to the promised land, was using the Pharaoh to kill the new born sons of the Israelites. Hidden among the reeds, discovered by the Pharaoh's daughter, loved and raised by this Hatsheput of Egypt, Moses received the education of the next Pharaoh of the land...

Twice Moses tried to deliver Israel, and with the killing of an Egyptian tried to show his people he was ready to step forth and help them. Yet, the people were reluctant to trust anyone to help them. Thirty years prematurely, a group of Ephraimites had miscalculated the year of deliverance, and attempted to leave Egypt. Their escape plan failed dismally. When Moses attempted to lead them, they shied away fearfully.

Moses retreated to the desert and to Ethiopia. Finally, he married Zipporah, and God called him from the burning bush. Then as he returned to Egypt, God sent plagues to encourage the Pharaoh to allow Israel to leave the land.

Judgment against the Egyptians finally weakened their grip upon God's people. Moses led a people that had 600,000 men, plus women and children. These people wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, and though they saw:

the Egyptian army drowned in the Red Sea...

manna fall for forty years to feed them...

bitter waters of Marah sweetened...

many attacks in which God would miraculously deliver His people,

even if He had to stop the rotation of the earth for 24 hours to do so...

rebels against God and His chosen leader swallowed up by the earth...

God come to the top of Mt. Sinai and miraculously give the commandments and the plans for the tabernacle...

water come from a rock, after Moses struck the rock with his rod...


At the end of the forty years, the next generation were more ready to step forth in faith with Joshua, but their numbers were relatively the same.

Moses ended his ministry with a farewell speech in which he:

reviewed their journeys reminding them

of their murmurings and disobedience...

emphasized God's love for them...

concluded with a list of cursings

and blessings to be read after they crossed the Jordan River...


Then Moses went to Mount Nebo, he died, and God buried him secretly, so the body or burial site could not be venerated above measure. Moses viewed the land of promise from that mountain before he died.


Deuteronomy 34:1-5 (KJV)

1 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,

2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea,

3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.

4 And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.

5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.


His last words showed that his heart was with his people. This view of the land was a partial reward to Moses. There is a note of sadness, in that Moses only could view the land, and not go with his people to possess the land.

God did forgive the sin of Moses, but some penalties are to be borne as with Samson, who had been given strength but was still blind when he died. Also, with Adam and Eve, where one sin drove them from the garden of Eden, but even though they were given coats of skins to cover their nakedness, they could not return to the garden.

When Moses died, it was not from old age. He was 120 years old, but his eyes were clear, he was full of youthful vigor and freshness. The wrinkles of age were not upon him. Moses died the youngest of his kindred:

Levi died at 137...

Kohath died at 133...

Amram, his father, died at 137...

Aaron, his brother, died at 123...

Miriam, his sister, died at 126 or more.


Moses died on the same day on which he was born 120 years earlier. He was promoted to paradise, and unable to enter the land for he had sinned against God's plan. Many others in Israel were likewise judged for their sin of murmuring and doubt. God is no respecter of persons. God's justice counted the sin of Moses striking the rock for a second time to be severe for it broke the type and shadow of truth that God was showing to those people and to all generations since. God's justice does not allow Him to favor one, and judge others. His salvation is all mercy, but His rewards are based on our works, and His punishments are given for disobedience. Moses was saved, promoted to paradise, later allowed to stand on the Mt. of Transfiguration with the Lord, and now awaiting the rest of us in heaven.

Do you suppose that Moses was satisfied with just this glimpse into the promised land? Are any of us ever satisfied with the blessings of God here on this earth? There is a dissatisfaction because we now see "as through a glass darkly", and we long for the fuller blessings that await us in our soon coming time of eternal victory.

This man named Moses has been loved greatly by people of that day, and also of our own.

Deuteronomy 34:10-12

"And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, in all the signs and the wonders, which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land. And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel."

To prevent veneration and glorification of the man, God chose to bury him secretly. A greater than Moses was to come, and God did not want, nor would Moses have wanted, to let this loved intercessor and deliverer of his people to shadow the great One Who would come for the ultimate deliverance of the people.

Moses had some great qualities that marked him as a man of God. Moses was:


Moses was obedient in returning to Egypt, confronting an angry and evil Pharaoh, interceding for Israel even when they murmured against him, and faithfully leading them for 40 years.


Moses was not bitter even when he was refused entrance to the land he so longed to go. Moses gave glory to God, and not to himself for all the things that had occurred.


Moses was sensitive to the needs of the people, and carried their burdens to God in intercessory prayer...


Moses was confident in God's wisdom, and though he could easily have yielded to doubt and despair, he bore the weight of leading several million people across a desert for 40 years.


The people greatly mourned the death of Moses. He had been mistreated, abused, and at times hated, but in the end, the new generation had learned to love and adore him.

Deuteronomy 34:5-8 (KJV)

5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.

6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.

7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.

part 2 of Testament of Moses yet to come, stay tuned

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