In Hosea 4:6, we read, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (HCSB).” It was not because they had no access to it, but (as the rest of the verse says) because they “rejected” it.

The statement has to do with a nation. But it is just as true of those purporting to be “God’s people” as a congregation, as a household or as individuals.

Lack of Knowledge—and, in particular, the willful lack thereof, is a serious matter. Christianity is not fundamentally an emotional religion although emotion plays a secondary and derivative part in it. It is a religion propagated by teaching. It is a religion of truth. It is a religion of propositions. It is a religion that is logical. It is a religion of a Book. It is, primarily, a religion in which everything depends upon a message—the Gospel. Apart from knowledge of and belief in the vicarious death and bodily resurrection of Jesus, there is no Christianity—regardless of what may be taught in its name.

In Hosea, not only the people in general, but the prophet, the priest and the individual are singled out. God says that since they rejected Him, He will reject them.

That is a tragic fact. But how true it is of so many in this land where the message of salvation is widely spread by word of mouth, TV and radio, the printed page. There is no excuse for not knowing it; there is less excuse for rejecting it once one does know.

Knowledge has to do not merely with the communicating of facts. In the passage, as elsewhere in Scripture, it refers to facts believed, and acted upon—what some have called “experimental knowledge.” It refers to acceptance, ready compliance and dependence upon the message that is preached.

Counselor, your counselee will not be helped unless he first knows the truth—then accepts is as true and that upon which he depends for his life and eternity. Don’t assume more than you should. Be certain that he understands and trusts basic Christian knowledge of the truth.


Paul’s desire for his people, the Jews, was that they might have knowledge. Not just knowledge in general, but knowledge of the Gospel which (if believed) would save them.

He says, in Romans 10:2, that “they have a zeal for God, but not according to that knowledge.”

There are people today (not only unsaved Jews) who have a zeal for God—trying to save themselves by their good works—who are also w/o the saving knowledge that Christ died for guilty sinners, bearing their punishment, so that through faith they would obtain eternal life.

Knowledge of the saving sort is found only in the Bible, or in the writings, sermons, and witness of those who learned it from the Bible.

He says, in the next verse, that they attempted to establish their own righteousness rather than be counted righteousness by God through faith in Jesus Christ. In what are you trusting for salvation? Is your knowledge of salvation sure and clear? That’s probably the most important question for you to settle right now—if you haven’t already.

Greetings . . .

Peter opens his second letter with these words:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you

He wishes for blessings for his readers using the Greek (grace) and Hebrew (peace) salutations. What a marvelous introduction to what follows!

But how does this come about? Here Peter launches out beyond any ordinary salutation saying,

Through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord 

Thereby, he doesn’t leave us a vague hope of sorts—no, he gives direction as well: we can receive grace (unmerited favor, mercy, help) and peace (tranquility and well-being) through knowledge.

Ah . .  Christians need knowledge.  Probably one of the greatest lacks in our day is genuine knowledge.  Too many try to get along with a sheer paucity of it. How much knowledge do you have?

But it’s not just any old kind of knowledge he has in mind—what is in view is knowledge of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. First, the knowledge of the Gospel (how that Christ died for all those who would trust in Him as Savior) and then, knowledge of all the things that Jesus has commanded (Mt. 28: 20).

Have you even checked out the commands of Jesus? To go through these over a year or so in a Sunday school class would be following a truly biblical curriculum. Why not try it?

Knowledge—Or A Lack Thereof

God said through Hosea,

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge . . . Because you have rejected knowledge I will reject you from serving as my priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God I will also forget your sons.    Hosea 4:6 (HCSB)

How typical. Where is the true knowledge of the Lord in our land today? O, yes, there are some who teach knowledge from the Word of God—but few. Look at the error that is rampant on every hand!

Knowledge requires the hard work of mining the truth of God from the Bible. But so many are willing to settle for nice words, clever sayings, easy teaching. NO—God will settle for nothing less than knowledge—truth that is clear, pointed, and substantive.

How much real knowledge of the Scriptures do you possess? Unless you are willing to take the time to obtain it from thorough study of the Bible you won’t have it. And because you abandoned the knowledge of God . . . your sons ( children, the next generation) will be abandoned by God.

Think this through—don’t let false teachers today destroy you and your family!