“Therefore my people go into captivity for lack of knowledge. Their honorable men are famished, and their multitudes are parched with thirst” Isa. 5:13 WEB
“My people are destroyed because they lack knowledge of me” Hosea 4:6 ISV
It has been rightly said “If you think knowledge is costly, try ignorance” Ignorance is dangerous…it limits a man. It incapacitates a people. Ignorance has a destructive capacity…
Imagine God’s own people went into captivity because of what they did not know. Even the honourable men amongst them suffered hunger, their multitudes were dried up with thirst.
Did you notice God did not blame the devil for their ignorance? This was even when the devil had a full sway (he had not been defeated by Christ’s redemptive sacrifice) yet God’s people were destroyed for lack of knowledge. It is possible to be owned by God and simultaneously be owned by ignorance.
The words “ignorance” and “ignore” are related. To ignore means to disregard intentionally, to pay no attention to something, to shut one’s eyes to what is available. Ignorance is not necessarily non-availability of knowledge, more often than not, it is unwillingness to accept knowledge…
Paul the Apostle said to the Corinthian church “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant” (1Cor. 12:1)
There were things they obviously were ignorant of despite the fact that Paul recognized that they came behind in no gift of the Spirit in chapter one (1Cor. 1:7). The word “ignorant” is “agnoeo” in the Greek language in which the New Testament section of the bible was original written. It means “refusal to know”. It carries an idea of lack of interest in an available information. For instance, the Corinthian folks thought their experience in demonstrating the gifts of the Spirit had conferred upon them the knowledge of same. The fact that you have experience in an area does not mean you have precise knowledge about it. Often, experience makes people to either reject or differ knowledge.
The book of Proverbs also says “He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination” (Prov. 28:9). Observe in that verse that the information is available, but this person turns his ears deliberately from hearing it.
Paul instructed Timothy to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2Tim 4:2).
Why did he say so? “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Tim 4:3) Did you see that? These people are deliberately rejecting the knowledge meant for them because they prefer something else.
Solomon said “Wisdom calls aloud in the street. She utters her voice in the public squares. She calls at the head of noisy places. At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words: “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery, and fools hate knowledge?” (Prov. 1:20-22) WEB. King Solomon helps to see that knowledge is everywhere.
It is clear that ignorance is not non-availability of knowledge, it is a refusal to receive it. You don’t lack knowledge, you lack what it takes to get it.
Say these words out loud “I do not ignore knowledge, I make myself available to receiving knowledge available to me. I have precise knowledge of God and I function by it”