Hosea 4:6 - Destroyed For Lack Of Knowledge.

Hosea 4:6 - Destroyed For Lack Of Knowledge.

Hosea 4:6 (KJV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: 
because thou hast rejected knowledge,  

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

This is one of the best known and most frequently quoted 
passages in Hosea. [Scofield SB] 

What you don't know can hurt you! [Warren Wiersbe]

The particular knowledge that is missing is the knowledge of 
God, the most essential of all knowledge... 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 Bible 

"Knowledge" is not just a bookish collection of information. It 
is experiential knowledge of the living God. [Disciple SB] 

The Old Testament regularly uses know for sexual knowledge. 
"Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived, and bore Cain" (Gen 4:1). 
Now the knowledge of husband and wife is the most intimate there can 
be. Husband and wife are no longer two; they are one flesh. The 
sexual act itself is not the important thing; the important thing is 
the intimacy of heart and mind and soul which in true love precede 
that act. To know God is therefore not merely to have intellectual 
knowledge of him; it is to have an intimate personal relationship with 
him, which is like the nearest and dearest relationship in life. 
[Barclay Commentary] 

   Knowing God through experience is radically different than 
knowing about God from a theology textbook. According to the Bible, you 
cannot say you know God unless you have experienced Him (Php 3:8, 10). 
Biblical knowledge always involves experience. You may become discouraged 
because the truths you read about in the Bible are much richer than the 
reality of your own experience. 
   If you have not experienced God's power at work in and 
through your life, do not settle for a secondhand knowledge of God's 
power, rejoicing in what He has done in others. Jesus' prayer was that 
you would come to know God and His presence in your life and 
experience. Don't discount the power of God as described in Scripture simply 
because you have not experienced it. Bring your experience up to the 
standard of Scripture, never reduce Scripture to the level of your 
experience. Don't settle for a head knowledge of God's love. Jesus prayed 
that you would experience the depth and width and height of His love 
and that you would enjoy God's full and unending love in the 
day-to-day experiences of your life. 
   If you sense there are biblical truths that you are not 
experiencing, keep that truth before you and ask God to bring it into your 
everyday experience. Ask God if there are any adjustments you need to 
make in order to receive His promise. Don't give up on the promises 
of God, stay with them until you are fully experiencing them. 
[Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re John 17:3] 

   Success in the world means power, influence, money, prestige. 
But in the Christian world, it means pleasing God. This quest for 
obedience may lead you to do things that are wholly contrary to what the 
world wants and rewards.... 
   Obeying his commandments means reading and understanding 
Scripture, then determining that you are going to live exactly as Scripture 
teaches. I don't believe anybody can do that, because it is almost 
impossible not to be caught up every day in the ways of the world. But you 
can make an effort to live biblically. That is how the process of 
sanctification works - learning how to obey God, how to listen for his commands 
in your life. It is reading the Scripture and allowing it to soak 
into you. It is understanding the requirements of God's commandments 
and then gradually, day by day, in large ways and small, allowing 
that understanding to control the actions of your life.... 
   If I had to pick the one thing ... that has caused the most 
failure in obeying God, it would be that we figure God's time is our 
Bible study, our prayer time, the meeting with our prayer group, and 
Sunday morning church service. That's just not true. God's time is 
every moment of our lives. Bible study and church simply prepare us 
for the rest of the moments of our lives.... We don't put him on and 
take him off like a suit of clothes.... If we would "wear" him all 
day long, we would discover obedience becoming a reflex reaction. 
(From "The Quest for Obedience" by Charles Colson in Practical 
Christianity) [Inspirational SB] 

The experimental knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ whom He 
has sent, transforms man into the image of God. It gives to man the 
mastery of himself, bringing every impulse and passion of the lower 
nature under the control of the higher powers of the mind. It makes its 
possessor a son of God and an heir of heaven. It brings him into communion 
with the mind of the Infinite, and opens to him the rich treasures of 
the universe.  COL114 


   All the kids called him "Grandpa." He was a plumber with an 
eighth-grade education. But no one was more articulate about Jesus Christ 
than Grandpa Craig. 
   Kids from all over spent a lot of time with Grandpa--eating 
popcorn in his living room, having Bible studies, praying, just 
"shooting the breeze." No matter where the conversation wandered, though, 
Grandpa would always bring it around to Jesus. 
   Whenever we were talking about school or dating or the 
future, Grandpa would say, "That reminds me of something Jesus said....." 
or, "That's just like when Jesus......" and he would reveal new 
insights to us about Jesus. 
   Grandpa's life was filled with the reality of Jesus' 
presence. On Saturday afternoons, we would sometimes take long walks with 
Grandpa. He would point to the countryside and say, "Now, that's Jesus' 
way of showing us how much he loves us. He made all these things for 
us to enjoy." 
   Grandpa saw Jesus in everything around him. "See how the sun 
goes down so faithfully every evening?" he would ask. "That shows how 
faithful Jesus is to us. Just like the sun, he never lets us down." 
   When anyone wondered how to act toward a new kid in school, 
Grandpa would ask, "How would Jesus act if he were in school?" Problems 
with parents? "What would Jesus do in your shoes?" His advice was 
always simple: "Focus on Jesus. Figure it out from there." 
   In the same way that Grandpa experienced Jesus in everything, 
John 1:1-18 reminds us that Jesus is central to everything. [Youth SB 
re John 1:1-18] 

   I recall reading some years ago in a newspaper article about 
an old man who carried a small can of "3-In-One Oil" with him 
wherever he went.  When he passed through a door that squeaked he 
squirted a little oil on the hinges.  If a gate was hard to open, he 
oiled the latch ... and thus he passed through life lubricating all 
the squeaking places, making life more pleasant for those who came 
after him ... an unusual procedure, yet he derived a great deal of 
pleasure in doing it. 
   We see others doing similar deeds like this by planting 
flowers/shrubs along the roadway or picking up litter, planting trees in 
unsightly places or like the good neighbor this Christmas who decorated a 
tree along the railroad to enhance the area with a little beauty. 
   In our lives, there are many opportunities for us to perhaps 
spread a little oil of kindness where it will make a big difference in 
a small way.  There's no telling how many lives we may keep from 
rusting and squeaking, how many gates to happiness we may oil that will 
make a life a little easier.  Pastor Fate Thomas 

   His name is Bill.  He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with 
holes in it, jeans and no shoes.  This was literally his wardrobe for 
his entire four years of college.  He is brilliant.  Kinda esoteric 
and very bright.  He became a Christian while attending college. 
   Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very 
conservative church.  They want to develop a ministry to the students, but 
are not sure how to go about it. One day Bill decides to go there.  
He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair.  The 
service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking 
for a seat. 
   The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat.  By 
now people are looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says 
anything.  Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and when 
he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the 
carpet.  (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a college 
fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church before!) 
   By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the 
air is thick. 
   About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the 
back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill.  
Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, a 
three-piece suit, and a pocket watch.  A godly man, very elegant, very 
dignified, very courtly.  He walks with a cane and as he starts walking 
toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves, you can't blame him 
for what he's going to do.  How can you expect a man of his age and 
of his background to understand some college kid on the floor? 
   It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy.  The 
church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane.  
All eyes are focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing.  
The people are thinking, the minister can't even preach the sermon 
until the deacon does what he has to do.  And now they see this 
elderly man drop his cane on the floor.  With great difficulty he lowers 
himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won't be 
alone.  Everyone chokes up with emotion. 
   When the minister gains control he says, "What I'm about to 
preach, you will never remember.  What you have just seen, you will 
never forget."  Author unknown 

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