Jon Brown

READ : Hosea 4:4-11

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (v. 6)

I think it is safe to say that “the knowledge of the Lord” is the primary theme of Hosea’s prophecy. Knowledge, though, must be understood not merely as information about God, but rather a deep relationship with God. This kind of knowledge is like that of a husband and wife; it is that intimate.

In Genesis 3, after God had breathed the cosmos into being, and just after Adam and Eve were deceived by the slippery serpent and realized the shamefulness of their nakedness, they hid from God. God set out on a mission to find them, crying out, “Where are you?”

Through sin they had separated from God; they had broken their relationship with the Creator. Their knowledge of God had been upended and intimacy with God as they knew it was cut off. God continues still on a mission of reconciling the world to himself and establishing the right relationship he intended.

Our call is to grow in the “knowledge of the Lord”—not just to learn more about God, but to deepen our relationship with him. In fact, the apostle Peter offers this benediction that ought to guide our lives: “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).


Pursuing God, guide us as we seek to grow in knowledge of the Lord. Amen.