The meeting of Moses and the Son goes on in the Empyrean prior to the Incarnation. Moses has expressed concern that the Forerunner may be adversely influenced by Jewish apocalyptic writing.
MOSES: The saints are of course thrilled, Sire, that a native son of Israel will be harbinger of your mission.
THE SON: The son of Zechariah will be the last of a great line.
MOSES: His birth will precede yours by only months, and your minister has already contacted the parents.
THE SON: I heard. They’ll call him John – ‘God is gracious’.
MOSES: Gracious indeed, to send one last prophet to the Jews in these latter days.
THE SON: But the saints are concerned that John will be influenced too much by the Jewish end-timers?
MOSES: Nobody’s kidding themselves, Sire. As things currently stand, the forerunner is a cipher, an unknown factor. Left to himself, we think he’ll come out fighting, and with so many answers blowing in the wind, there could be a down side to putting him out there ‘cold’ like this.
THE SON: But I like the idea of contingencies. And the contrasts. You’re suggesting what – that he should be guided by special divine inspiration?
MOSES: Think about it, Sire. Many of your best people will probably come from among his followers.
THE SON: So you’re saying John’s views – whatever they turn out to be – will be a major context for my own teaching in the minds of those who listened to John.
THE SON: Nevertheless my mission needs an advance man, some grassroots, a native ‘bellwether.’
MOSES: Some of the saints are saying ‘loose cannon.’
THE SON: I don’t deny that we have a lot riding on him.
MOSES: Maybe too much, Sire. But I heard Father wants this.
THE SON: Absolutely. And no cue-cards – one last prophet of the old school, somebody alone with his doubt and his righteousness, and the still, small voice. It’s in honor of the Promise.
MOSES: But the parents, in their advanced age, already marvel at his conception. And our minister’s visit has caused the old man to start fermenting his own ideas about God’s promise.
THE SON: These things are in Father’s hands, really.
MOSES: And I’m not sure I understand the blood tie – a cousin in the flesh? You know what that will look like in a more skeptical age?
THE SON: There’s some backstory there that you should know. First of all – what we already know – Father has made it clear there won’t be any earthly thrones for me – even if I am accepted by Israel.
MOSES: Right, whether Israel goes with acceptance or rejection, you’ll be back with us when it’s over, ruling from the right hand of Power.
THE SON: OK, but Moses, the thing is that Father’s acceptance scenario – if it comes into play – may yet feature a king in Israel. If all goes well – think of it – John himself could be that King, after I depart.
MOSES: Sire, I am increasingly in awe of this acceptance scenario! And Father’s right – your blood relations will be on their short list, if you can’t be king. This is all very well. But I’ve also seen the Mandate for your mission, and it’s not all sweetness and light – especially as far as the temple cult is concerned.
So how are you with Father’s plan as far as the rejection scenario goes?
(to be continued)