Reading: Hosea 1, 3, 4, 8, 14
Summary: Hosea’s was a lengthy prophetic career spanning the reigns of kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah in Judah and Jeroboam II in Israel. One of the striking features of this book is the role played by Hosea’s wife and children in his prophetic message. The relationship between Hosea and Gomer is one of the most startling stories in the Bible. But God uses it to communicate the depth and magnitude of His love for His people.
Hosea’s message is directed toward Israel. Though Amos warned of coming exile, it is Hosea who names the ones by whom it would come. The decay of this nation is advanced and though Hosea’s message powerfully expressed God’s love, it also firmly states the fact of God’s justice for their great sin (see 4:1-2).
Today’s reading is a sampling from Hosea’s message.
What Do You Know?
“What do you know?” is a fairly common informal greeting. People really don’t want to know what you know; it’s just chit chat.
But, what do you know? Twain’s statement that everyone is ignorant, just about different things, is true; and it’s also true of knowledge. We all know some things and we all know different things. But some knowledge is indispensable; we can’t afford to not know it.
That was God’s message through Hosea. “There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,
and no knowledge of God in the land.” Consequently, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you” (Hosea 4:1, 6).
It’s also God’s message in the New Testament. In order for us to be neither ineffective nor unfruitful we must supplement our faith with first, virtue, then knowledge (2 Pet. 1:5). Peter ends that same letter with the encouragement for us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).
So the question is actually a very good one; what do you know?