In the Empyrean the early phase of the Incarnation is discussed in its deeper implications and Moses asks a question about the possibility of the Son marrying while in the flesh.
MOSES: Father has not revealed his objectives for the Incarnation in terms of specific events, Sire, but we have received a general plan in three main phases:
(1) your early life and walk with Him,
(2) the public mission on His behalf to Israel, and
(3) the supreme objective: dispensation of His saving grace to the world.
THE SON: That first piece remains to me the most mysterious and wonderful of the three.
MOSES: That’s because you have no idea, Sire. Trust me, the early walk is no walk in the park.
THE SON: But you know that in your own case, Moses, our Father’s spirit walked the walk with you, and was also afflicted in all your afflictions.
MOSES: Except I didn’t know it at the time, Sire. I was over 30 before I had a clue what God wanted for me. And I had already killed a man by then. It can get complicated.
THE SON: It was not necessary for you to sin to know your need of God or his will for you; but that fugitive thing did play into Father’s hand pretty well.
MOSES: It wasn’t until I was raised to the Empyrean (blessed be God) that I realized that a man could be tested in all things and yet remain without sin.
THE SON: Human insight doesn’t easily grasp that message hidden in the Book of Job, that temptation alone – rightly encountered and defeated – renders the experience of actual sin unnecessary.
MOSES: But even granted that your own victory, Sire, will require all of your efforts and most holy desires, it will not be possible without God’s help.
THE SON: May it be his will. My Father views the inner struggle with human nature in partnership with his spirit as a challenge worthy in full of his own Son.
MOSES: I must say that all the saints know they have been honored beyond words in that one principle of the Incarnation.
THE SON: I understand they even view my first 30 years as the centerpiece of my commission.
MOSES: The commission to bear humanity’s imperfections, yes. Your handling of the day-to-day things, Sire, will be huge from the perspective of the saints. They’ve been through it.
THE SON: And I have not. Am I not secure in the love of the saints, Moses?
MOSES: Sire you know they love you. But your lock on their heavenly hearts will be absolutely supreme if your sovereignty is proved at Nazareth – in the heroism of an obscure life of love and duty. The stuff that makes for steady increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.
THE SON: That squares with Father’s view as well. He has never referred to the early walk as a “pre-mission” period.
MOSES: Same with my experience – however mixed. All my changes were before my return to Egypt – it makes my role in the Exodus seem a little over-rated.
THE SON: And to be honest, Mo, wasn’t it in Midian, after your marriage to Zipporah, that you found the right path and whom to seek, and how?
MOSES: She’ll be pleased you remembered, Sire. Which makes me wonder – you know Father has prohibited your leaving any progeny, and this would seem to rule out marriage and family – advantage or disadvantage?
THE SON: In some ways a disadvantage, of course. But Father’s “No thrones” rule clearly stipulates “No dynasties.”
MOSES: I saw that too. Father has again shown his sublime wisdom in forestalling by this measure the chance of theocracy and hereditary priesthoods. But I’m thinking, with the inevitable female attention – and with you only flesh and blood – how’s that going to work for you?
(to be continued)