The big problem that God’s people had in Hosea’s time was that they had abandoned God. Their leaders had stopped teaching them how to relate to God. The people didn’t want to anyway, so the whole thing spiralled down into spiritual and national disaster. It got to the point where there was “no knowledge of God in the land” (4:1)
Any church is only a couple of generations from this kind of scenario. All it takes is for us to stop sharing the good news. The next generation will not hear, nor believe, and will not be able to pass it on. The result will be a powerless church with nothing of significance to say, and a culture devoid of any sort of knowledge of God.
It’s a serious responsibility that Jesus gave his followers – to disciple the nations, baptising and teaching people to obey all that He commands. There are many ways in which we can make sure that the knowledge of God doesn’t disappear from the land:
- Speaking with people about Christ – how they can be forgiven and know God.
- Giving people scripture to read, or reading it with them.
- Teaching the good news to our kids and grandkids. If you don’t have a good kids Bible, here are a few good options. The Big Picture Storybook Bible (David Helm) The Jesus Storybook Bible (Sally Lloyd-Jones).
It would be a terrible tragedy if the words God wrote in Hosea’s time – that “there is no knowledge of God” were to be written about our era because we failed to declare the wonderful good news. It’s such good news, so worth sharing.
Let’s keep doing it!