These next two verses are extreme - and I mean extreme! These two verses are telling us that God's people are literally, and I mean literally, being destroyed for lack of knowledge. The second verse below says that God's people can literally go into captivity as a result of not having right amount of knowledge about something.
God Father is giving all of us a major warning with ways that He has these two verses worded. A perfect example of these two verses in actual operation are Muslim suicide bombers. Many of these suicide bombers are young kids. They have been brought up being brainwashed by extremist element of Islam, and they really do think they are going straight to heaven if they are willing to blow themselves up and anyone else they can take with them.
This is a perfect example of these young kids being led into "captivity" as a result of not having appropriate knowledge to fully understand what they are getting into in first place. And then when they actually take their own lives in these suicide bombings, they are literally being "destroyed" as a result of this lack of knowledge.
That is why seeking after knowledge of God is so important with all crazy and demonic things that are going on in this world. Having God's knowledge on certain things, situations, different issues and topics is what can keep you from getting entangled into something that could end up turning deadly on you.
These two verses should be memorized by every Christian. Here they are:
If these two verses are telling us that not having knowledge of God operating in our lives could literally lead us into getting into some kind of captivity - not to mention possibility of getting us killed or thrown into pits of hell when we die - then reverse is also true - that having knowledge of God operating in your life can help keep you out of serious trouble, help keep you free and possibly help lengthen number of days that you can live down here on this earth.
- "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." (Hosea 4:6)
- "Therefore My people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge ..." (Isaiah 5:13)
4. Knowledge and Wisdom are Better than all Material Things of This World
These next 7 verses are once again making a very radical statement. God is literally telling us that knowledge and wisdom that we can receive from Him is better and more valuable than all silver, gold and rubies of this world. In other words, knowledge and wisdom that you can receive from God is better than all material wealth that this world has to offer!
God then goes one step further in this first verse I will list below, and states that knowledge and wisdom is better than anything else you can possibly desire in this life! Think about how radical this statement really is given materialistic and money hungry society we live in.