He Killed Him with His Own Spear and No Man has Known His Burial Place to this Day

by tillerofthesoil

malavodaAnd Moses, YHWH’s servant, died there in the land of Moab by the word of YHWH. And he was buried in the glen in the land of Moab opposite Beth-Peor, and no man has known his burial place to this day. And Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes had not grown bleary and his sap had not fled. And the Israelites keened for Moses in the steppes of Moab thirty days, and the days of keening in mourning for Moses came to an end (Deuteronomy 34:5–8).

“He opened, saying, ‘Benayahu son of Yehoyada (2 Samuel 23:20)… He went down and smote the lion (2 Samuel, ibid.)… When sins prevailed, He descended to the rungs below, and He killed that lion, no longer willing to provide its prey… On a snowy day—a day when sins prevailed, and judgment was decreed above by the celestial court… Until here, mystery of the verse. What is written next? He slew an Egyptian, a man of good appearance (2 Samuel, ibid., 21)… He slew an Egyptian man… Who is it? Moses, as is written: They said, ‘An Egyptian man rescued us’ (Exodus 2:19)… The Egyptian had a spear in his hand (2 Samuel, ibid.)… as is said: with the staff of God in my hand (Exodus 17:9)… With this he sinned at the rock, as is said: He struck the rock with his staff twice (Numbers 20:11). The blessed Holy One said to him, ‘Moses, I did not give you My staff for this. By your life [on the righteous being judged most strictly, see BT Ta’anit 8a]! From now on, it will no longer be in your hand.’ Immediately He went down to him with a club (2 Samuel, ibid.)—with severe judgment. And wrenched the spear from out of the Egyptian’s hand, for from that moment it was withheld from him and was never again in his hand. And killed him with his own spear. Because of the sin of striking with that staff, he died and did not enter the Holy Land, and this light was withheld from Israel” (Zohar 1:6b).

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