THE NEGLECTED WORD

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel

INTRODUCTION

The neglected word is a dereliction of receiving the Word of God in its entirety.  Many are walking away from the God of one's youth as they line up with the secular society of our day.  We are living in a world that is no longer being cultivated by the implanted Word of God.   (Comment)

THE NEGLECTED WORD
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

The prophet Hosea, in speaking the word of the Lord said:  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priests to me: seeing that you have forgotten the law of God, I will also forget your children (Hosea 4:6).

God was addressing the priests who with contempt rejected His Word; as if they had never read or learned it, so as not to observe and keep it themselves, nor teach it to others. The children of the priests had grown up, sinning against the Lord, imitating their parents.  Because of the neglected word their natural children would not succeed them in priesthood. 

There came depravity and corruption instituted by the very one's who had been called to be the spiritual light among the people.  They had repudiated from God's Word; due to lack of priestly leadership, to lead and guide them in the ways of the Lord!

GLORY INTO SHAME

As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame (Hosea 4:7).  God's judgment would take away the priesthood from them, reduce them to a state of poverty and disgrace, no longer honored as a spiritual leader but with scorn and contempt. 

We are seeing lack of spiritual leadership in many lands; as the neglected Word of God is becoming more prominent, with the ways of the world being adopted.  There is an ongoing implantation of sinful ways rather than godly.  Ungodly organizations are attempting to outweigh the once upheld godliness in the land. 

It is as little David facing the giant Goliath when one attempts to stand for the Unadulterated Word of God.  It is as Lot facing the mob of the men of Sodom to protect his male guests from their sexual advances.  In both cases it took the hand of God to elevate them above the evilness of man.

SET THEIR DESIRES ON
THEIR INIQUITY

They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their desires on their iniquity (Hosea 4:8).  The priesthood had not helped the people to face their sin and deal with it.  Rather, they themselves took pleasure in the sin of the people.  Thus the neglected word become the norm of the day!

We are seeing a trend today that is not far from Hosea's day.  We are seeing a turning away from the church rather than turning to it.  The priesthood in Hosea's day was leaning towards earthly gain rather than spiritual insight.  There was little difference from what the people were consuming and that of the priesthood.

PUNISHMENT FOR THEIR WAYS

And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and repay them their deeds (Hosea 4:9).  The priests of God had become corrupted and were sinning as the people. 

They should have been the one to adhere to the Word of God; rather than allowing it to be neglected.  Because they had not; there was no difference between them and the people.  They were equally guilty; so would be their judgment.

HAVING CEASED OBEYING
THE LORD

For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have ceased obeying the Lord (Hosea 4:10).  The priesthood's increase would not continue because of their failure to be a spiritual leader.  Their failure to heed God's Word would bring God's judgment on them.

The people had allowed themselves to be mislead.  The Word of God had been made available, through the prophets, who God had sent forth, to set His house in order.  The people were so caught up in their sins that any inducement to repent would be neglected!

THE HEART OF THE PEOPLE

Whoredom and wine, and a new wine, take away the heart (Hosea 4:11).  Sin in the land was taking away the heart of the people from following the Lord.  The people grew to prefer sensual lust and pleasure rather than fear and love of God.

The priesthood had failed to lead them in the spiritual things of God; even though the prophet had attempted to set the record straight.  Hosea said:  Hear the word of the Lord, you children of Israel; for the Lord has a controversy against the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land (Hosea 4:1).

Because of this the people had resorted to swearing, and lying, and killing, and committing adultery; breaking all restraints (Hosea 4:2).  By neglecting the Word of God, with no priestly leadership, they were breaking all restraints of any moral decency.

WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND
DOCTRINE

The apostle Paul told Timothy, a young evangelist, to preach the word; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when the will not endure sound doctrine (bringing into focus the neglected word); but after their own lusts, they shall heap to themselves teachers; having itching ears they shall turn away their ears from the truth (2 Timothy 4:2-4).

Preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth. Appealing to itching ears tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to ear.  The priests in Hosea's day failed to facilitate the leadership God intended; and as a result, would bring judgment on all concerned.

Let us pray that those who have been called of God, will not fall into dereliction of duty; nor drift into the ungodly culture of our day, or the ungodliness in the land, or fall into the category of the neglected word, because of failure to heed its life-saving message!  Scripture reveals that one is to come out from among them, and be you separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17).

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