Alfonso Tarigan


The significance of removing Moses’ sandals from his feet has been
understood differently. First, it is to signify an act of respect and politeness. Second
is to denote an act of keeping cleanliness or purity. This paper does not discuss the
different opinions nor give a comprehensive answer to the significance of the action.
Instead, it tries to look the performance based on some other possible lights.
The lights from studying the text, context, and its relations to Passover, Sinai,
and sanctuary services show that Moses’ act at the mount of Horeb contains moral
purpose. God wants Moses to depend on Him fully in order he can be successful in
doing the appointed task from God, that is, to deliver the Israelites from the
Egyptian’s bondage. This is to implies that the same principle prevail upon us today
in order to be successful doing God’s work.


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