Commentary: Hosea6-10. Something stood clear in the problems of the nations Judah and Israel; lack of knowledge.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
Knowing God is absolutely important in walking with Him. It goes beyond what we acquire in Bible colleges where knowledge of other peoples’ views is acquired. Those are mere information and facts and one could be a master of it but still lack the knowledge of who God is. The experience of God is entrenched in the deep revelation of Him. Taking Apostle Paul for example; he never got his gospel or teachings from any man but from the revelation of the Lord Jesus, i.e. he experienced Jesus.
Galatians 1:11 “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
A sight of Jesus for five minutes is enough for life ministry. Only Jesus can give you the revelation we are talking of as He wills; not even your prayer and fasting.
Luke 10:22 “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.”
Knowing God is in receiving revelation of Him. Lack of knowledge of God makes one to follow human precepts; rules and laws which may eventually lead into strange doctrines, rituals and sacrifices. This was what Ephraim did and God was angry with him.
Hosea 4:17 “Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.”
Hosea 5:11 “Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment (by human precepts).”
Their faith in the Lord never lasted because it had no base in the word of GOD. God lamented on the instability of Ephraim when it comes to faithfulness, steadfastness and truth.
Hosea 6:4 “O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.”
Children of God go into captivity and perish just because they do not know the God they have. If a man does not know God, all his deeds are never to that God but to flesh and another spirit.
Hosea 5:4 “They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.”
We need to know the Lord not in the flesh but in the spirit by His Spirit. Knowing God by His Spirit is to have intimate experience of His glory, personality and being. Evidence of knowing Him is revealed in you and your actions and in the speech that comes out of you; full of power.
Acts 4:33 “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”
When you receive this awesome revelation, God will subject you into a path of “no comfort” which we tag “suffering”. This is to grind the received revelation into you until you become one with it so that when people see you, they receive the richness of Christ (the revelation) through your attitude or character. Joseph received the revelation, he went into that path, and he graduated in the palace of Pharaoh. Apostle Paul also went through that path, he cried to God to relieve him, but the answer was “My grace is sufficient for you” You cannot escape a particular course in this path and that course or subject is called PERSECUTION. If you don’t know how to manage persecution, you cannot manage praise. Are you living what you preach or proclaim? Consider your ways.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Hosea11-14. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
MFM Delaware, USA