Saturday, April 12, 2008

I have become His priest

Judges 18:1-6 says,
In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking for itself a territory to live in; for until then no territory among the tribes of Israel had been allotted to them. 2 So the Danites sent five valiant men from the whole number of their clan, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to explore it; and they said to them, “Go, explore the land.” When they came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they stayed there. 3 While they were at Micah’s house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite; so they went over and asked him, “Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? What is your business here?” 4 He said to them, “Micah did such and such for me, and he hired me, and I have become his priest.” 5 Then they said to him, “Inquire of God that we may know whether the mission we are undertaking will succeed.” 6 The priest replied, “Go in peace. The mission you are on is under the eye of the Lord.”

I wonder whether this circumstance reflects the position of many people within society? I see a people that are leaderless. I see a people that have no place to rest. They know that something has been allotted to them...i.e. they know that life has more to offer than what they currently know, and they're actively searching for what they believe is rightfully theirs. The significant thing is the fact that they begin to find their answer in the voice of a boy, a 'young Levite' (v3).
And it's not that surprising that their initial reaction is one of shock,

“Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? What is your business here?”

His response,
"...I have become his priest.”

Imagine the church, full of a generation of young people that when asked what they're doing, their response is this; "...I have become a priest"! No that they've become a 'Pastor' as we know it or a 'Salvation Army Officer'...or a 'Bishop' etc. but simply the fact that their heart is one that is devoted to nothing other than hearing and responding to and speaking the word of God.

You'd almost forgive the older men for looking upon the boy and saying 'get back home, you should be waisting your time on xbox...'!
But they don't. Instead they say this,

“Inquire of God that we may know whether the mission we are undertaking will succeed.”

Suddenly 5 valiant men encounter Godly leadership...from a boy!

Lord I pray for a prophetic generation that will seek to hear and speak your word. I pray for the boldness to say 'We are priests of the Lord'. I pray for a society that will turn again to the church.
And may you speak so clearly through us, that your voice through us would have the power to effect change is this world. I pray that we as a generation would bring a message of peace (v6) to the world.

So perhaps the heart of Jesus is this; that the Church would rise up as a kingdom of priests, to be a light to the nations directing them to the only one that brings peace - Jesus.

In the beginning was the Word...In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. (John 1:1-7)

Lord, raise us up a John the Baptist Generation!

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