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,
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,
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.
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!