Gallery Moses, the Prophet

3. december 2019

"I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one." (Ezekiel 22:30)." The prophecy of Ezekiel shows that the Lord is expecting the prophet to intercede for men and thus protect them from the wrath of God. “So he said he would destroy them— had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.; (Psalms 106,23) "Standing in the breach" was an important part of the prophetic vocation. The Prophet in Israel had a twofold role: to speak for the people (that is, to stand in the breach) and to encourage the people to call them to change their minds and consequently, lives. The revelation of God in the burning bush is explained by Gregory of Nazianzus as an image of God's incarnation. This interpretation is made possible by the character of this image, in which the earthly and the heavenly elements are combined - the thorny bush represents the human body, and the supernatural fire represents the divinity. The paradox - the fire that came out of the bush but did not digest it - is also an image of Mary's virginity. Moses receives the command: “Take off your sandals” (Exodus 3:5). Gregory explains these sandals, leather shoes, symbolically as the “leather garments” that Adam and Eve had been clothed after committing the first sin, and which has since obscures God's image in the people they were created for. So, when God preaches to Moses to get rid of this leather layer, he actually invites him to restore God's image in himself and in the nation of Israel.