Moses has greeted the Son in the divine Empyrean prior to the incarnation. The prophet has suggested a review of future ‘possibilities’ – since the Father has not yet unequivocally revealed whether Israel shall accept or reject his Anointed.
The Son: It’s just as you say, Moses – our Father’s counsel of mystery with regard to Israel’s reception of my mission extends even to myself.
Moses: Many of the saints marvel, Sire, that you are no less ‘in the dark’ than the rest of us on this issue which seems so central to your success.
The Son: I hope it will not offend the saints to learn that our ‘success’ is not dependent upon either acceptance or rejection by the Jews.
Moses: Right. On the other hand, many of us take the view that Father’s decision reflects material conditions perfectly.
The Son: Well it would be disingenuous of me to offer peace to the world through Israel without my sincere hope of her acceptance of Father’s actual terms.
Moses: Exactly. In view of the ambiguity of Israel’s prophetic record regarding his Anointed, the feeling is that – depending on how they read it – the Jews could go either way.
The Son: But these unfortunate ambiguities mean we can only hope that Israel will find and choose the thin but golden thread revealing Father’s true will.
Moses: Don’t look at me, Sire. You know I have not vouched for the clarity of their sacred history for over 400 years – not since the Priestly re-write during the exile.
The Son: And it is not my intention to sort that problem out for them, Moses. Father and I are going with the current textus receptus.
Moses: So you must fearlessly feature the new over the top of the old, and desire their complete acceptance of your mission.
The Son: There you have both sides of the issue in a nutshell.
Moses: It always comes down to human free will, doesn’t it Sire?
The Son: That, and the authority of Scripture. But I will not see my mission descend to acrimonious debate over the twin unfathomables of written history and editorial fictions.
Moses: Verily. I agree that literary criticism of their scriptures would be a fool’s game at this point.
The Son: On that – and the rest – I am completely one with Father.
Moses: How did I know? – – But speaking of unfathomables, Sire, things have been recently complicated by a kind of pre-millennial, futurist thing that has been ‘in the wind’ down there at least since Daniel.
The Son: Actually since Malachi.
Moses: All those guys. We’re seeing a lot of ‘end-time’ writers lately featuring rather violent scenarios about the Day of the Lord.
The Son: There has been a certain amount of informed and disinformed anticipation of my coming. It seems it couldn’t be helped.
Moses: Well the more recent apocalypses have hooked up with certain miscues in the canonical texts to create a frothy boil in the minds of many of your people.
The Son: We’ve seen it, and heard it in their prayers.
Moses: I trust, Sire, that in holy prayer Father will steer your human mind clear of these vain eschatological desires. But I worry that the Forerunner may not be spared from entertaining such thoughts. Can we talk a little about that?
[to be continued]