Hosea 4: A Lack of Knowledge
After the illustration in the first three chapters of Hosea of the prophet and his unfaithful wife, we are now moving to a discussion of God and the unfaithfulness of Israel and Judah in Hosea 4.
Hos 4:1 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.
Hos 4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
Hos 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
Hos 4:4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
Hos 4:5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
Because of the symptoms in the first two verses, they are going to fall. Because there is no knowledge of God and a blatant disregard for the commandments of God, the people are heading for destruction. However, I have to assume that they did not have any idea where they were going.
Most of these problems came up because of the lack of knowledge of God. That is why people didn’t know where they were heading, and if you take away the knowledge of God, you take away the prohibitions on all of these other issues.
That is why it is so important to make sure that we are actively reading the Bible and learning about God. If we don’t have that baseline, then we will continue going down the wrong path. If we don’t have anything to ground truth on, then all things are potentially okay for us to do.
That leads to the problems in verse two. We can morally permit doing bad things because we don’t have any reason to argue that they are wrong without objective truth. God provides that basis, and I think it is one of the most powerful argument for believing that there is a God.