While Moses briefs the Divine Son in the Empyrean prior to the Incarnation, the subject turns to the difficulties inherent in the Incarnation Mandate, and the possibility of rejection by Israel.
MOSES: All the saints pray for Israel’s acceptance of your mission, Sire, but anyone can see Father’s mandate for your incarnation is bad news as far as priesthood and temple are concerned.
THE SON: No question. Father wants me to feature nothing less than the whole truth about his divine forgiveness.
MOSES: So he’s clearly talking about a complete de-authorization of the temple system of atonement – both ritual and sacrifice.
THE SON: You know yourself it wasn’t Father’s idea in the first place.
MOSES: We had no temple – nor any of the current sacrifices – during the 40 years in the wilderness, Sire.
THE SON: Right. But what is left of the sacred record of such truths?
MOSES: The Book of Amos, Sire. End of Chapter 5.
THE SON: Yeah great. It’s going to be front-paged when I’m finished.
MOSES: Don’t be too sure. Sacrifice is an ancient meme. What if they spin you as the new sacrifice?
THE SON: Oh God.
MOSES: I’m just sayin’. Never mind.
THE SON: We know it won’t be popular with the priests and scribes.
MOSES: But the temple sacrifices are a lucrative business for some of the biggest names, Sire. They can invoke the highest sanctions against you and could really hurt your overall numbers.
THE SON: And it’s not just the temple, Mo. Father wants a new Sabbath as well.
MOSES: I saw that. So the temple gets common cause with the synagogues against you. Terrific.
THE SON: A perfect storm.
MOSES: But I understand why He’s upset about how that day of rest turned out – we set that day aside for the people in order to free them from man-made taboos, not to bind them.
THE SON: Well He’s calling it all in.
MOSES: Clearly. This is the big one. The saints are in awe of Father’s new dispensation. It looks like He’s preparing to shake both the highlands and the low places.
THE SON: Even the very foundations of Jerusalem. Nevertheless I’m getting one more chance to gather her under his wing.
MOSES: Nice, except she believes she’s already there.
THE SON: Yes, but I find this very real and present trust in God an irresistible quality in this people Israel.
MOSES: It can’t be denied – even in the face of all their historic failures.
THE SON: Their sublime trust in Father’s faithfulness has surpassed in power all human intellectual assent to beliefs about Him and His Anointed.
MOSES: And always will.
THE SON: In fact, the hope inspired by such trust is what forbids my knowing their final decision until they make it.
MOSES: Sire, everybody here is thrilled by your sworn faithfulness and hopes you will be preaching forgiveness in the temple right down to the elders’ last possible moment of decision.
THE SON: Count on it.
MOSES: It’s just … You may never be able to convince them. I know this people.
THE SON: Nothing is impossible with God.
MOSES: Maybe not, but I think Father is showing a lot of wisdom in featuring both an acceptance scenario and a rejection scenario.
THE SON: The thing with that is either one of Father’s scenarios manifests His will for man in full.
MOSES: Believe me, I think you’ll get a pretty good idea which one is in play before the end of your first year in public.
(to be continued)