WILL KNOWLEDGE SAVE?
by Harrell Davidson
chapter four of Hosea, God condemns
God says that the people have separated themselves by "swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery ..." (cf. Hosea 4:2). In verse 6 the ancient prophet penned words of destruction due to the malady of the time, hear him, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: be cause thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgot ten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
It is the case that the people of Hosea's day had refused to acquire and live by knowledge of the Word of God. They never thought of the penalty for their neglect in all likelihood. They were going along to get along and practicing the same sins as the people about them while God had commanded them to be separate or different from those nations around them, but this seems to have never entered their thought process. They wanted to be like the nations about them when they desired a king. God granted them their wish, but their desire led to great suffering and turmoil.
As Hosea writes God is rejecting His priests and His people. He even for gets their children. A calamity exists in the land that does not respect and know God. We are taught in the Scriptures that eternal life is to "know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). It is rather obvious that there is trouble in our land this day in the year of our Lord, 2009.
we come to a knowledge of God, man will be lost. We remember a classic passage in Judges that addresses situations like this. "And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another
generation after them, which knew not the LORD,
nor yet the works which he had done for
we talking about an antiquated condition? No! A thousand times NO! We are describing