Lack of Knowledge

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“A Lack of Knowledge”
Hosea 4:1-6

In the Book of Hosea, we find some interesting passages of scripture that point out quite a problem for the children of Israel. Verse 6 particularly points out that problem. It reads, “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.”

Why was a lack of knowledge of God’s Word problematic for the children of Israel? They were chosen by God to be his people! They of all people should be knowledgeable of the God that they serve. They could do so by studying His Word. But because they lacked knowledge, or as the writer says, “has rejected knowledge,” God says he will in turn reject them. Was this fair of the Almighty God? Of course it was! He had delivered them out of their bondage in Egypt, provided for them throughout their journeys through the wilderness, and finally led them to the land of Caanan. Despite all of that, the children of Israel turned from God in sin on several occasions, and many times complained a great deal about their wandering through the wilderness, which they had brought upon themselves!

Now the question to be asked is simple; will Christians today also be destroyed for a lack of knowledge? The answer; absolutely. Many O.T. instances, serve as examples for us today. If we claim to be followers of Christ’s commands, yet do not know what his commands are, then we cannot fulfill our duty as a Christian. Knowledge is mentioned as one of the fruits of the Spirit in 2 Peter 1:5. The word knowledge is mentioned 169 times in the entire Bible and is used in various ways in certain scriptures. One verse in particular comes to mind and it is found in Philippians 3:8. Paul says, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” Paul was an apostle of Christ our Lord, and he says he counted everything but loss all to better know or have the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord. That’s how important the knowledge of the scriptures is for the Christian!

It is shocking to see Christians today who’ve been members of the church for years, but who have no knowledge of God’s divine will. What’s the result of a lack of knowledge for us today? Paul outlines the penalty for this in Romans 1:28. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” Paul issues several warnings of things to guard against. One of those things was a lack of knowledge. He says that without proper knowledge of the Word, God would give them over to a reprobate mind. This simply means that because they didn’t care to be knowledgeable of God He would reject them, and He will do the same to us today if we do not familiarize ourselves with the scriptures!

The importance of having a strong knowledge of the scriptures cannot be overstated. There is much more that we could look at on this topic, but it is the hopes and prayers of this writer that all who have obeyed the gospel would become more knowledgeable of the Word of God.

Colby Culbertson

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Foolish Faith

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Foolish Faith

Faith seems like a simple enough concept, yet so many people do not know how to spell it. Contrary to popular opinion, faith is not spelled “F-O-O-L-I-S-H.” Yet, people who say, “I don’t need evidence, because I have faith,” are being as foolish as Pinocchio. This is the popular cop-out statement used by people who have no legitimate reply when evidence of their faith is questioned. Foolish faith like this is what Solomon had in mind when he said, “The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps,” (Proverbs 14:15). Throw away the cop out and get some evidence.

The common word for “faith” used in the New Testament scriptures is the Greek (pistis) which incorporates the meaning of trust, confidence, and belief. Faith without evidence is foolish and blind. If someone were to claim they saw Winston Churchill walking the streets of Manhattan wearing a mullet, would you not ask for evidence? So should evidence be readily available for one to have confidence (faith) in God, Jesus, the Bible’s inspiration and whatever else.

The Hebrew writer says, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God…” (11:3). This statement can be made because simple logic is evidence enough to give one confidence and understanding that the panoramic earth could only be created by something more powerful and majestic than itself.

The Bible gives evidence after evidence acclaiming to Jesus’ life on earth. In fact, there is enough evidence to stand up in a court of law. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them,” (Matthew 18:20). This is the same standard that exists in the American judicial system today, but where are the witnesses? Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 that more than 500 believers saw Jesus after His death. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Peter in their writings, all attest to seeing Jesus after His death. 500 witnesses is enough to get the death penalty but not enough to induce trust in the Savior of all men?

Got milk? Got faith? Got evidence? If no, you got foolishness…and some lousy cereal.

Aaron Battey