In the Empyrean Moses continues to brief the Son on known elements of Father’s plan for the early phase of the Incarnation. Moses wonders if Father’s ‘No dynasties’ rule will require too much of the Son as a youth ‘in the fullness of his humanity,’ and sees potential problems with temptations of the flesh.
MOSES: I think it must be daunting, Sire, to know Father’s will in regard to your abstinence from marriage even as you contemplate a life in the flesh – including adolescence and young manhood.
THE SON: So you are concerned that as very man I will be subject to temptation as to marriage?
MOSES: It is difficult for me to see two things, Sire. (1) how you will prevail without a direct revelation, and (2) if you avoid marriage, how your total experience will be compensated for this lack.
THE SON: What you don’t see, Moses, is the wedding feast which Father has already prepared for me from before the foundation of the world.
MOSES: I’m taking that to mean you’re fine as to compensation. But it doesn’t tell me how Father’s will of abstinence for you gets into your human mind early enough to forestall the off-chance of a budding romance.
THE SON: In almost every generation, Moses, we’ve seen young men forego present pleasures in the interest of a high destiny. And my increasing awareness of my role and its dynastic implications should support my resolve in this matter as I get older.
MOSES: But this whole business of ‘increasing awareness’ is really what has me flummoxed, Sire.
THE SON: It’s a high subject, Moses.
MOSES: I realize you’re not at liberty to divulge Father’s secrets in detail, Sire. But I don’t see how he gets ‘very man’ in the flesh in a situation where you are so ‘very God’ that a cool-headed choice is assured in the face of any and all temptations, however early they might come up.
THE SON: Honestly, Moses, what kind of society do you think the Jews are running down there? The youth in the small towns are not off-leash. With God’s help this kind of temptation ‘comes up’ with many young men without determining them to sin.
MOSES: It is a fact, Sire, that with the present set of younger clergy and scribes we see a certain number married and some single.
THE SON: And not all of them are transgressors against purity either inside or outside of wedlock.
MOSES: Certainly not all, Sire.
THE SON: So it’s not impossible for a man to order his life in accordance with the Law in this regard.
MOSES: I agree that it’s not going to be an issue if you get enough time to realize it’s a matter of obedience.
THE SON: Perhaps it is well then, that as the eldest son of a carpenter I will find duties of apprenticeship, and Torah study, and a dozen other interests close at hand.
MOSES: All likely to postpone considerations of marriage. And now you mention it, consider also the influence of your mother, Sire.
THE SON: No doubt. After her audience with our divine minister we cannot imagine she will not have something to contribute in terms of my self-concept and view of destiny.
MOSES: A Jewish mother with an agenda is practically fool-proof, Sire. I recall Hannah’s steady encouragement of Samuel, and his very early sense of mission.
THE SON: I want to discuss issues of temptation and Father’s will in more depth in a minute, Moses. But first, I notice you failed to see a second set of problems with my unmarried state.
MOSES: Given that you can resist the usual temptations, what else could go wrong?
THE SON: What could go wrong is that there are always going to be men driven to imitate me in externals.
MOSES: I get it. You’re worried that too many will imagine that a true ministry in your name requires they shun marriage.
THE SON: I’m hoping to completely discourage the idea by calling married men as apostles.
MOSES: Good. And I also understand Father wants women in the ministry.
THE SON: Absolutely. Even in the days of my flesh – we see both ideas as a package which should provide unassailable proof that heaven has ordained not only a married apostleship but a woman’s ministry of equal status.
MOSES: We’ll see how that works.
(to be continued)