Hosea 4:6a - Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Hos.4:6a; Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Hosea 4:6a (KJV)  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee

Hosea 4:6a (NLT)  My people are being destroyed because they
don't know me.

The particular knowledge that is missing is the knowledge of
God, the most essential of all knowledge. . . . Though God may
overlook certain forms of ignorance (see Acts 17:30), He cannot
deliberate ignorance of spiritual things (see on Ex. 4:21). . . . Men are
held responsible not only for what they know (John 9:41; 15:22, 24;
James 4:17), but also for what they might have known had they put
forth the effort to obtain essential knowledge (cf. 2 Peter 3:5).
There are many who fear that a further investigation of truth will
reveal that a change in conduct may be required of them, a change that
their sin-loving hearts are unwilling to undertake, and so they
deliberately desist from further inquiry. Such willful ignorance God cannot
excuse. [SDA Commentary]

God will judge all according to the light which has been
presented to them, whether it is plain to them or not. It is their duty to
investigate as did the Bereans. 3SG393, 4

Light, precious light, shines upon God's people; but it will not
save them unless they consent to be saved by it, fully live up to it,
and transmit it to others in darkness. God calls upon His people to
act. It is an individual work of confessing and forsaking sins and
returning unto the Lord that is needed. 2T123, 4