My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. The more they increased, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame. (Hosea 4:6-7)
Knowledge And Sin
The relationship between God and man has always been related to what God has told man and how man reacts to the will of the Lord. Adam and Eve had the knowledge of truth but denied it. Humanity in the days of Noah was not ignorant of the will of the Lord and continued to reject truth for their own desires, resulting in their destruction. God gave Israel the written Law of Moses to remind them of His counsel where they were without excuse when He finally punished them. Jesus came to be the Word, revealing to the world the word of God in the flesh. Through the working of the Holy Spirit, the written word was preserved for generations to read and understand the knowledge of the mystery of God. In time, the knowledge of truth was formed into what is called “The Bible.”
Everything man needs to know about truth is found in the Bible. There is only one truth, one way, and one life, and all the knowledge of the Divine is contained in the sixty-six books of Genesis to the Revelation. Reading the mind of God, a man can know and understand the nature of his Creator, the expectations and desires of God, and the path of eternal life. Sin is a dominant part of the divine story beginning with the fall of man in the Garden of Eden to the exultation of the redeemed in the heavenly garden of the Revelation. What has destroyed the work of men is the ignorance of the knowledge of God. There is evidence for God in creation, but His nature can only be discovered on the pages of holy writ. Without that knowledge, no one can know God. When men reject the word of the Lord, they reject the will of God, and He will turn away from them. This is exemplified by God’s dealing with His own people – Israel.
Hosea is a prophet sent to the rebellious northern tribes of Israel. Every king of Israel was wicked (without exception). In the final days of the ten tribes, the Lord sent Amos and Hosea to turn the people’s hearts back to the one true God. Hosea’s life is used as an object lesson between God and Israel. The prophet lays out the charge against Israel in plain language, unambiguous, powerful testimony of their wicked hearts. There was no truth or mercy, or knowledge of God in the land. Israel was filled with swearing, lying, killing, stealing, and committing adultery because they had forsaken the knowledge of the one true God. Lack of knowledge kills. The people rejected God, denying His power and refusing to worship the only true and living God.
If men reject the knowledge of God, He will reject them. Sin is not the absence of truth but the rebellious heart leaving God’s will. Eve told Satan what the will of the Lord was and then ignored what she knew for her own selfish desires. Israel was not ignorant of the word of God. Many prophets were sent to Israel to turn their hearts back to God, but they were told to stop preaching and, in many cases, were killed for preaching the truth. When the word of God is ignored, sin reigns, and the judgment of the Lord awaits. The more the nation filled their hearts with ignorance, the greater the sin and the greater the condemnation. When a nation turns its heart away from the knowledge of God, doom is its future.
Knowledge and sin can either save or condemn. The righteous man knows the will of the Lord and changes his heart to defeat sin. Lacking the knowledge of the Lord allows the carnal spirit to prevail and sin to abound. It becomes a choice about what to do with knowledge. Those who will be saved in the day of eternal judgment are those who came to the knowledge of truth and obeyed. The vast majority of people will be damned to hell – not because there was a lack of knowledge – but because the knowledge delivered by God was rejected. Every page of the Bible reveals the love, grace, and mercy of God. Whether those words save or condemn will depend on whether you accept it or not.