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Summary: Hosea 4:6 Says that God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. What are God’s people ignorant of and why is this ignorance so dangerous.

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I.Introduction:

Hosea 4:6 is, at least in part, one of those commonly known passages that we never actually took the time to consciously memorized. We just picked it up during the journey. The sad reality is that in the midst of our picking up we have picked up words and not the true meaning of words conveyed.

This verse is often used in the study of demonology and is usually interpreted in this way. “God’s people due to a lack of knowledge of the devil and how he works.” If one is to give study to the passage he will soon discover that this is the furthest thing from the truth.

There is a dangerous end of ignorance…..not ignorance of the devil however.

There is a dangerous end to being Ignorant of God and who he really is.

Hos 4:1-6

Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

II.The Dangerous Patten of the Period of the Judges

This theme is not just spoken of or first mentioned here. The book of judges records the dangerous pattern of a people who did not know God.

Judg 2:10-12

10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:

12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.

Judges 3 speaks of an even sadder group, a group who forgot the lord?

Judg 3:7

7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.

III.How is Ignorance of Such an Obvious God Possible?

Judg 2:10-12

10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:

12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.

I examine the words of David and God becomes so obvious to me even in the insignificant things of this life.

Ps 97:1-6

The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.


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