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Why and how Hosea 4:6 and Proverbs 29:18 are the most misunderstood and misinterpreted scriptures in the bible by many Christians?

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Why and how Hosea 4:6 and Proverbs 29:18 are the most misunderstood and misinterpreted scriptures in the bible by many Christians?

Why and how Hosea 4:6 and Proverbs 29:18 are the most misunderstood and misinterpreted scriptures in the bible by many Christians?

There are many scriptures that are misunderstood and misinterpreted in the Bible by many Christians but the most common ones are Hosea 4:6 and Proverbs 29:18.

From time immemorial up till now, accomplishment and fulfillment of purpose in life has been attached and equated to these two (2) scriptures (Hosea 4:6 KJV  – Proverbs 29:18 KJV) –  accomplishing and fulfilling visions, dreams, hopes, aspiration, destiny, etc. But this is misinterpretation, in fact, it is misunderstood!

They are misunderstood and misinterpreted for the following reasons:
(1) selfish interest
(2) man-centered, motivated purpose
(3) material gain
(4) financial benefits
(5) motivational speech/talk (reference)
(6)  feel good message to satisfy  emotional need/desire
(7) ignorance
(8) laziness to search the scriptures and study them.
(9) failure to be like Berean Christians because many Christians erroneously believe that great men of God are always right and perfect. But great men of God are fallible – they are not perfect as they are human!
(10) failure to engage the Holy Spirit as the best teacher for the revelation knowledge, proper understanding, correct interpretation and right application of the scriptures.

How are these two scriptures (Hosea 4:6 KJV and Proverbs 29:18 KJV) misunderstood and misinterpreted in the Bible?

Many Christians always read the FIRST sentences of these scriptures and leave the rest. It is when the scriptures are read in full that the meaning of the Bible verse is accurately understood, correctly interpreted and rightly applied as the scripture does interpret scripture(s).

 

HOSEA 4:6 KJV

With the help of the Holy Spirit as the best teacher, let us look at Hosea 4:6 KJV:

Hosea 4:6 KJV  “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.”

When the majority of Christians including pastors read this scripture, they always read and quote the first sentence: Hosea 4:6 KJV My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” and they leave the rest of this scripture. And the real meaning is lost. Then, the first sentence is used for whatever message(s) they want or desire to use it for.

Many Christians including most pastors have misunderstood and misinterpreted this first sentence of the scripture to mean God to perform or fulfill their purpose in life, destiny, fortune, dreams, hopes, aspiration, etc. That is, they need to acquire more knowledge, skills, trainings, etc to have accomplishment or fulfillment in any areas of their individual lives; whereas this is not what Hosea 4:6 KJV is talking about! It is absolutely different and has nothing to do with your destiny, hopes, dreams, aspiration, etc in life.

Now, let us read the rest of this scripture: Hosea 4:6 KJV  “…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.” Reading the rest of this scripture makes us know and understand what God is talking about.  The word “because” at the opening of the rest of this scripture has to do with “the reason”. The reason for the first sentence made to continue reading the rest passage of Hosea 4:6 in order to have the real meaning of the scripture.

Let us read the full scripture to get the real meaning and the correct message God is passing to us: Hosea 4:6 KJV  “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.”

What God is really talking about is the knowledge of His word (the word of God). That is, lack of Bible study (the word of God) – lack of knowledge of the word of God will surely cause the children of God to be destroyed. Lack of knowledge of the word of God will cause the children of God to be brainwashed, manipulated, bewitched like the Galatian Christians in the Bible – Galatians 3:1 KJV  “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth….” The truth is the word of God – John 17:17 KJV “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

Lack of knowledge of the word of God will keep the children of God in bondage/captivity but having the knowledge of the word of God ( the truth) will always make us free from the bondage/captivity and darkness as the word of God is also light that causes darkness to disappear – John 8:32 KJV, John 1:5 KJV, Genesis 1: 2 -3 KJV and Psalms 119:105 KJV “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not….And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light….Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

According to the correct interpretation and right application of Hosea 4:6, the lack of knowledge of the word of God will cause the children of God to perish and be destroyed.

Again, let us read the rest of this scripture: Hosea 4:6 KJV  “…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 LORD God was talking and warning His people (the Jews as at that time in the Old Testament), most especially the priest (like a pastor nowadays) who had failed to teach the children of God, the Israelites His word (the word of God). The word that He (God) had sent to the priest through His prophet to teach them – Jeremiah 3:15 KJV “And I (God) will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”

Because of non-teaching of His sent word will lead to lack of knowledge of His word – and the lack of knowledge of the word of God will cause them to be destroyed.

And furthermore, if they reject the teaching of His word and fail to obey His sent word, He (God) would reject them because the word of God is the mind of God and God Himself as you cannot separate the word of God from Him. The expression “the law of thy God,” in Hosea 4:6: KJV means “the word of God.”

The worst punishment from God to His people is the famine of the words of God:  Amos 8:11-12 KJV “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”

The lack of knowledge of the words of God (Bible study) leads to the season  of you being without the true God in your life: 2 Chronicles 15:3  KJV “Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.” The phrases “teaching priest” and “law” mean “teaching ministry” and “the word of God”

In the Bible days, God didn’t joke with His word at all even now – 1 Samuel 3:1 KJV “And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.” Remember that even all vision from God has its foundation in the word of God.

What builds every Christian believer is the knowledge of the word of God – Acts 20:32 KJV “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”

The knowledge of the word of God is everything and life to every genuinely born again Christian – John 6:63 KJV “…..the words that I (Jesus Christ) speak unto you, [hey are spirit, and they are life.”

All our rewards in life come from the knowledge of the word of God: Psalms 19:7-11 KJV “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.”

The best thing that can happen to any true child of God is NOT/NEVER to lack the knowledge of the word of God.

The word of God says it not good for a soul to be without the knowledge of the word of God: Proverbs 19:2 KJV  “…the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; …”

The Bible makes us understand that a just/righteous ( the genuinely born again) shall be delivered by the knowledge of the word of God: Proverbs 11:9 KJV  “…. through knowledge shall the just be delivered.”


PROVERBS 29:18 KJV

Another scripture that is most misunderstood and misinterpreted is Proverbs 29:18 KJV. Most Christians including many pastor always read and quote the first sentence of this scripture: Proverbs 29:18 KJV “Where there is no vision, the people perish:….”

Just exactly the same way they have misunderstood and misinterpreted the first sentence of Hosea 4:6, they did the same to this  scripture – and it lost the real meaning/message :Proverbs 29:18 KJV “Where there is no vision, the people perish:….” Even many great men of God misunderstood and misinterpreted this scripture as it is talking about the accomplishment and fulfillment of vision, destiny, dreams, hopes, aspiration, etc.  But the full scripture upon reading it, is talking about something else that is absolutely different from accomplishing and fulfilling your vision, destiny, dreams, hopes, aspiration, etc., in life.

Let us read the rest of the scripture as we have done above to Hosea 4:6. The rest of the scripture: Proverbs 29:18 KJV “..……but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Now let me ask you a simple question: What is the meaning of the word “law” mentioned in this rest of the scripture? The answer is very simple – the word “law” means “the word of God”

Let us read in full:  Proverbs 29:18 KJV “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Now again, let me ask you ask a very simple question: By reading this scripture in full, what does the word “vision” mean?  To help you to answer the question correctly, since scripture does interpret scripture(s), let us read 1 Samuel 3:1  KJV “And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.” So, what is the meaning of the word “vision” in Proverbs 29: 18 KJV?

From 1 Samuel 3:1 to Proverbs 29: 18, the answer: the word “vision” means “word of God”. The vision mentioned in Proverbs 29: 18 KJV is NOT talking about destiny, dreams, hopes, aspiration, etc., at all! It has absolutely nothing to do with the accomplishment and fulfillment of vision destiny, dreams, hopes, aspiration, etc., but purely the word of God.

Now to get a very clear understanding and interpretation, let us read Proverbs 29: 18 like this – instead of “vision”, replace it with the *word of God” : “Where there is no word of God , the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”. Furthermore, where you see the word “law”, replace it with “the word of God” –  read again in full: “Where there is no word of God , the people perish: but he that keepeth the word of God, happy is he.”.

I want to believe you now have a very clear understanding, correct interpretation and right application of Proverbs 29:18 KJV.

Where there is no word of God, surely people will perish. That is, people perish where there is no word of God. Better still, people perish without the word of God.

Where there is no word of God, there shall be famine of the word of God, that is, lack of knowledge of the word of God . Thus, people will not be made free from the bondage/captivity.

Where there is no word of God,, there shall be blindness and darkness, and people will perish! But where there is the word of God, people will NEVER perish as long as they obey the law (the word of God) by keeping it.

When the word of God is not preached, people perish.

To study in detail for a better and deeper understanding, read for free this rich and Holy Spirit filled publication at KDP AMAZON, my book : “Pastor’s Little Foxes: The Secrets Of Pastor’s Little Foxes In The Vineyard”

Note: Proverbs 23:23 NKJV “Buy the truth, and do not sell it…”

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About the author

onetruth

Olusegun Ibikunle has devoted his entire life to the service of his Master Lord Jesus Christ since 2003, greatly adding value to lives. He is into the propagation of the gospel of Christ of righteousness and holiness on the earth. By the grace of God, he is the founder of the Holy Army of Christ (HAC) Ministries. The ministries God has used to bless the children, the teenagers, the youths and the adults.

He has a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering. The Holy Spirit inspired him to write this book for the edification of the Body of Christ and the benefit of Heaven-bound Christians in the last days (end times).

He is a great life coach. He holds seminars across the globe.

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