Mercy, Truth and Knowledge

Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

Hosea 4:1

When God begins a chapter with “Hear the word of the LORD…,” it is probably something that we should pay attention to.  And when He follows that with “…for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land…,” it is definitely something that we should be focused on.

The reason that the Lord had a controversy with the children of Israel was the fact that there was “no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God” there.  Those three things were vitally important to the children of Israel, as the lack of them caused the nation to be destroyed.  Those three things are vitally important in our Christian lives today.  Truth, mercy, and a knowledge of God.

When you think about it, they work together and one naturally leads to the another.  We start with truth.  Do we have truth today?  Some would say that there is no absolute truth, but I am not among them.  I know that there is absolute truth.  It is in the Bible.  We have truth and can know the truth.  When we look in the Bible to find the truth of God’s Words, we see ourselves for what we are.  We are sinners in desperate need of a Saviour.  And we also find the truth that there is a Saviour, Jesus Christ.  He is merciful to us, and tells us that we should, in turn, be merciful to others.  Now we have mercy.  Mercy was shown to us, and we show it to others.  And as we allow the Lord to work in us, continuing to look in His Word for His truth, we find a knowledge of God.

The children of Israel were destroyed for a lack of truth, mercy, and a knowledge of God.  We have all three available to us every day.  May we not miss that opportunity.

4 responses to this post.

  1. What we need is sometimes not what we think we need to be doing and looking out for. Thank you, Ben, for keeping us on track!

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  2. Thanks, Ben

    Great ‘Tuesday Three!! ‘ 😉

    “The children of Israel were destroyed for a lack of truth, mercy, and a knowledge of God. We have all three available to us every day. May we not miss that opportunity.”
    May we not miss it indeed…. we are without excuse.

    Blessings,
    ann

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