Is it possible for the people of God to fall into calamity because they are lacking the knowledge of God? That is our question of the day. And according to Hosea, this is a reality for many Christians or saints in the community of Christ. And there is no doubt, as Christians, we have a genuine heart to serve the Lord, and are zealous to live the life of Christ; however, the reality we have today is that many of us are living in rebellion because we are lacking the knowledge of God.
Many of us are living contrary to the word of God; however, not because we are willingly doing so, but because we simply do not understand what the word of God is communicating, and because of this reality, many of us are finding ourselves on the wrong side of the gospel.
Now, given that we have accepted the reality Jesus is king and savior, and although we are willing to do what God commands, the reality we face is that the penalty for how we live our lives will not go unpunished. And it will not go unpunished because of who God is. And because of God’s faithfulness and attitude toward justice, we will pay the price for our ignorance.
Listen to the words of Hosea 4:6-7, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” And it also went on to say, “As they increased, so they sinned against me: therefore, will I change their glory into shame.”
Here are the reasons why we are suffering in our quest to serve the Lord: God said, “Because thou hast rejected knowledge.” And in many ways the scripture seems to be suggesting, we are rejecting the advice of God. However, the question I have for everyone is this: Are we intentionally rejecting God’s instructions, or are we rejecting his instructions because we are lacking knowledge?
For many, it’s intentional, and yet for a smaller group it’s because we are lacking knowledge which is why the scripture says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” And as we read this message found in Hosea 4:6-7, it’s important we search our hearts to understand what we do not understand when it comes to the word of God.
Because we are rejecting God’s instructions, God is saying to his people, “because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
But is God really rejecting us? Yes, he is, but his rejection is not intentional, it’s in response to our rejection of his instructions, he is rejecting us, and the result from us rejecting God is that we will no longer be called God’s priests, and our children will also be forgotten.
These are serious consequences if we were to truly consider why this is happening. And we must also take into consideration, God’s rejection is and will affect the generations to come. But why? It’s because of our rejection of God, and the response from God; although, not intentional, is to reject us. God’s reaction and move to reject us, is in response to our approach and response to him.
We will be rejected as God’s priests because we as a result of not possessing God’s wisdom will not be able to serve effectively and according to God’s knowledge in his kingdom. And God will forget our children, although not intentionally. And we must understand, God is rejecting our children not because he is willing to do so, but because they will no longer be taught the truth of God’s word and will be void of God’s knowledge; therefore, having no knowledge on how to please God they will live in rebellion.
Because we do not possess the wisdom of God, no longer follow the teachings and truths of God, we are rejected as priests. And because of what we are teaching our children, they will suffer because of the untruths we passed on to them. The consequence of this is that we will suffer the shame for our ignorance. “As they were increased,” Said the Bible, “so they sinned against me: therefore, will I change their glory into shame.”
So, is it possible for us to be zealous for the Lord, yet because of our lack of knowledge sinned against God only to suffer shame? And are we doing this intentionally or not? And can we save our children before it’s too late?
These are some of the things we need to consider as we continue to discuss Hosea 4:6-7 to identify if it’s possible for us to be zealous for the Lord and yet live in rebellion against him because we are lacking the knowledge of God… And once we can identify where we are in our lives with Christ, it will give us the ability to discover the truth that will set us free.