Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

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. 

Hosea 4:6

The book of Hosea is a sad book, dealing with God’s impending judgment on His people.  But, as I Corinthians 10:11 tells us: “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”  We can look at what happened to the children of Israel and learn from it.  A wise person once said that you need to learn from the mistakes of others because you won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.  The children of Israel here made a huge mistake, and we would be wise to learn from it.

The reason that they were being destroyed was a “lack of knowledge.”  That might not seem like something drastic enough to destroy an entire nation for, but it was.  They didn’t just have a lack of knowledge in the sense that they simply hadn’t learned certain things yet.  According to this verse, they had “rejected knowledge.”  Rejecting knowledge goes beyond simply lacking knowledge.  They had the knowledge available to them and they refused it.  Does that sound familiar?

I know that I have had the knowledge of God and His law right in front of me for basically my entire life.  And I know that I have refused and rejected that knowledge far, far too many times.  These are convicting verses.  God destroyed His own people for refusing knowledge.  Thinking about that makes me so thankful for “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son” which “cleanseth us from all sin.” (I John 1:7)

We should use these passages to motivate us to not be like those who refused His knowledge.  We should be always striving to grow closer to Him and grow in our knowledge of Him.  The Israelites were destroyed for lack of knowledge.  We don’t have to be.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thinking too , Ben, about what we might consider knowledge today. We might not see ourselves lacking knowledge if we are educated, doing well at our work, and keeping up on current events.
    God bless you as you keep the knowledge of Him in front of us!


    • That’s true. There is a lot of knowledge out there that is most definitely not “knoweldge of God.” In this sense, it is possible to educated but without knowledge. At least, without the one kind of knowledge that we really need!


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