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God's Plan for Civil Government – Part 3 - Hosea - Lack of Knowledge

In January through April of 2012 I led a Bible Study on the Bible and Civil Government. It lasted 13 weeks. These lessons are being posted on a website: http://BibleandCivilGovernment.com.

The Lessons are a bit long for people to read on facebook, so the lessons are being posted on facebook in shorter pieces.

Part 3 - My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge

From number 2: The conclusion of the Barna Study was that we live in a time of Biblical illiteracy.

On our history and heritage there are also alarming statistics and most Americans know little about either. Knowledge and understanding of the creation of our country is also at an all-time low - as is an understanding of the influence of the Scripture in the creation of our country. Jesus told us that the Truth is important. In fact we are commanded to study His word to be one of His disciples.

John 8:31-32

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;.
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Not knowing the Truth of His word would thus bring the opposite of being free.

And in fact many are enslaved to life without the freedom, liberty and hope that only comes from understanding and living God’s Word by being a disciple of Jesus. This is very important in studying the Biblical teachings on civil government. Do we look at these teachings from the perspective of freemen or slaves. It is only through Faith in Jesus Christ that one can be free, experiencing true liberty.

In II Corinthians 3:17,

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Lord is, there is liberty.”

Conversely, where the Lord isn’t liberty will not be found. We will return to this later.

This is not the first time in the history of mankind that a people have failed corporately to meet the commands of God in knowledge of His Word. The prophet Hosea carried a message from God to the people of Israel (Northern Kingdom) about the pending Judgment coming from God. Part of this message from God, speaking through the prophet Hosea:

Hosea 4:6,

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.

The corporate lack of knowledge is NOT pleasing to God! The Judgment rendered by God was rendered corporately.

This study will address the Biblical references on civil government and the historical founding of our country in light of the Biblical references and trying to overcome a lack of knowledge where it exists.