You Don’t Know Nuttin’!!
Posted on January 15, 2019 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
“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.” — Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)
Have you ever read the way the fourth chapter of Hosea goes in The Message? You may be not too fond of the translation but for today, check out the punch in the first few verses… “Attention all Israelites! God’s Message! God indicts the whole population: ‘No one is faithful. No one loves. No one knows the first thing about God. All this cussing and lying and killing, theft and loose sex, sheer anarchy, one murder after another! And because of all this, the very land itself weeps and everything in it is grief-stricken — animals in the fields and birds on the wing, even the fish in the sea are listless, lifeless.’” If you just went “WOW” you should read the rest of the way it goes.
From what I am finding out about Hosea, it seems that the dude was a middle-class working guy with some brains to boot. However, the only eye brow raising thing he did was marry a woman named Gomer. She’s not exactly a faithful wife but in a deep theological way she’ll represent a disobedient Israel and her offspring will represent a valley where God’s gonna smite His children, show them No-Mercy and make them Nobodies to Him. But as the Book of Hosea comes to its end God will pursue Israel with love and exhort them to repentance. God will use Hosea’s marriage to Gomer as an example to inspire Hosea to write his prophecy to God’s people and remind them that they have a contract with the same God that met them at Mt. Sinai. And that is only the short of the story.
Now I’m gonna borrow a statement here from Henry M. Morris III concerning my opening verse, “Our own nation is experiencing an awful scourge of moral anarchy among our children and young people, and the reason why is because their parents and grandparents have largely “forgotten the law of thy God.” He then went on to say, “Even in evangelical and fundamentalist churches and school today, there is often too little emphasis on knowledge and too much on experience.” Somebody raise their voice and give me an “OUCH”!! Any of you who read his “Days of Praise” devotional know what else he had to say about the state of rejecting Godly knowledge.
When I saw the words “moral anarchy” it caught my attention, because I’ve heard it said that whatever you put with, you’ll end up with and when we take a look around, we’ve ended up with quite a mess. It’s like there isn’t a moral compass today that points true north. There’s an aggressive intention to teach the theories that men create rather than something that has a Biblical base to it, and it was allowed to start way back when. You’ll have better success stabbing yourself in the eye with a broken plastic fork than trying to inject the Creator in some cases.
But isn’t it easier to bash Secularland? After all they don’t know Jesus, like we say we know Jesus. And as I follow the accusation, we read about in Hosea chapter 4, I see that a finger gets pointed right at those who should know better, the priests. As Christians, we seem content enough to pat ourselves on the backs and rest in the notion that we are a “royal priesthood” but are we really displaying it? We want folks to come out and experience what its like to worship our God because of the feeling we get from it BUT then when the experience is over and the feeling has left us, do we admit that we’re still just sinners who fall short of the glory of God and need to hold on to God’s Word for direction? Hmm….
I wonder what Hosea would write to us if he had a chance to look at the state of us today? I wonder how much of it looks familiar to him? Would he write of us, like we read in Hosea 8:7a, “For they sow the wind, and they reap the whirlwind”? We have to understand that society is reaping a lot of ugly because society has sowed a lot of ugly. So, what’s our part to play in all this? Go to Luke 13…
Pontius Pilate did the unthinkable and killed people because his moral compass only points to brutality bringing obedience. Eighteen men die after the tower of Siloam collapsed on them and Jesus asks if one group committed a greater sin over the other. Jesus is clear, “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5). Our job in this is to share this knowledge of Jesus as something we know is truth and not a theory. Amen?
Written by Chris Hughes: Chris, a graduate of The Colony of Mercy (11-2003) has been married for 25+ years (Kathy), has a married son (Kevin) and a daughter in college (Karen). He has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008.
Daily Quote: “The way you view God will eventually show up in the way you live your life.” — A.W. Tozer
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” -Genesis 3:15