|Posted on February 28, 2016 at 9:10 AM|
Hosea was a prophet to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during its last days before it was invaded and finally destroyed by the Assyrian Empire in 722 BC. Through him, God told Israel: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Ironically, in the world that we live in we hear very much the same thing from many of our politicians: “The problem is the break down of our educational system”; “the problem is that we don't offer free college for everyone”; “The problem is that the teachers are not paid enough”; “The problem is that the school's curriculum is not standardized”, etc. Well, these issues may or may not be a problem, but these were not the problems that God was referring to within Israel. The verse goes on to say : “because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee”. Israel had rejected knowledge?
Well, perhaps this can be explained a little more if we travel back in time to the prophet Amos. Amos was a shepherd and fig farmer who had traveled to the Northern Kingdom from the Southern Kingdom (Judah) some time earlier. He had said “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:” (Amos 8:11). You see, the problem in Israel was not their education, nor was it the lack of information. God had given them the Old Testament Law and had repeatedly sent prophets to warn and teach His people. The problem was what they did with the information once they had received it. They had heard the Truth, they even knew the Truth, but they had also rejected the Truth. (Romans Chapter 1 describes what happens to a people who know the truth and turn from it.) Unfortunately they had become like the people who were living before the Great Flood. People whom Jesus said were simply living their normal lives right up until the day that Noah entered the ark and they “knew not until the flood came, and took them all away;” (see Matthew 24:38-39) One might ask “How could they not know, after all they had seen Noah building this huge ship and gathering all kinds of different animals?” Well, the simple truth is, they had heard and even seen the truth, but they had simply rejected it because they didn't want to believe it. Sadly, this is much like the nation that we live in today. People have made a willful decision to reject the Truth. Why? - because they would rather believe a lie. Hopefully, we will expound upon this more thoroughly over the next week or two.
- Pastor Tim