Sometimes we dissociate with scripture and don’t realize the relevance of it in our present time and condition. Most often we do not understand scripture that doesn’t directly relate to us personally or doesn’t address a specific problem or situation of ours, but instead addresses a larger condition around us. Basically, we can be so involved in our own problems and welfare so as to be blinded to the fact that God impacts everything, everywhere all of the time.
Obviously the number one and two concerns and topics of the Bible are our relationship with God and our fellow man. But the Bible also deals with how we are to be, act and treat the Church, possessions, money and finances, the government and authorities, life itself and the welfare of the human condition.
When God asked….
When God asked Cain where his brother Abel was Cain replied, “I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? (Genesis 4:9).
The answer to that is yes! We are our brother’s keeper as well as the keepers of the earth, society, government and all of its people.
“Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the 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 with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. 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. Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest. Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother. 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” (Hosea 4:1-6).
God had a “controversy”, a problem, a “bone of contention” if you will, with the people. Why? Because the people had no truth, no faith and fidelity in the Lord. When we are not vested in the Lord in mind, heart, body and soul then we become divested in our fellow man and his condition. We become bitter and our hearts harden, mercy wanes and deteriorates away.
The grief God is experiencing in man is due to the lack of knowledge in Him. If you don’t go to Church how will you hear the word preached and see it in application and in fellowship with fellow Christians? If you do not read and study the word of God how will you learn of Him, His principles, precepts, love, covenant and promise?
We must learn of God by doing, being and exerting effort. Yes, we become Holy ghost filled and Yes the spirit does guide us. But there is nothing static about a child of God. Our relationship is very active and continuously moving forward in him.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
But notice what Hosea says, “nor knowledge of God in the land with the inhabitants of the land”. God’s word moves, it is powerful and creative. But most of all God’s word is applicable. It is not only relevant to ancient history. The Bible is for the here and now. Those who do not know this or understand this cause God grief and the people and land to suffer.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”, the knowledge is of God. The people are cut off from God and whenever this happens, death and damnation follow. Without the knowledge that God is our protection and shield we are left exposed to the world and the elements there of.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday (Psalm 91:1-6).
Filled with God and the Holy Ghost affords us discernment, understanding, wisdom and knowledge. But when we reject God, he will reject us.
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9) while your, “adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8)
“The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness” (Proverbs 11:5-6).
“The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever” (Psalm 37:29).
If we reject God then He will reject us and not the other way around. If we forget Him and honor our own will and rebel against God we will pay the price for it be it here on earth or afterwards. But all of us must understand that under the new covenant of grace and Jesus Christ we are, “A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9-10).
Choose God and choose life.
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