Knowledge and Confession:

  1. Jesus agreed in Matthew 22:36-38 that this was the most important text in Deuteronomy.

(Deu 6:4‑9 NIV)  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, The LORD is One. {5} Love The LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. {6} these commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. {7} Impress (shanan) them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. {8} Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. {9} write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

 

(Mat 22:36‑40 NIV)  “”Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” {37} Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ {38} this is the first and greatest commandment. {39} and the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ {40} All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.“”

 

These texts explain the fundamental concept of the Bible, including the instruction in Deuteronomy to study The Word, and diligently teach it to our children. This is where we must start, for without The Word in our hearts, there is no basis for making confession, or speaking in faith.

 

SHANAN – to pierce or sharpen or teach diligently, “listen in the sense of obeying.”

Moses here was trying to teach Israel where her priorities lay and how to guarantee that she would never forget them.  Unfortunately, the people did forget, and national tragedy resulted. Hosea put his finger on it. The problem was Israel did not teach (“Shanan”) her children. Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…because you have ignored the Law of your God, I also will ignore your children.

2. Lack of knowledge of God’s Word is what keeps many Christians in bondage. Lack of knowledge of our redemption and of our rights is often the reason for unbelief. Heaven is a Legal place, held together by God’s Laws – His Word. What we do and do NOT know makes all the difference!

(Mat 4:4 NIV)  “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘””

(Isa 5:13 NIV)  “Therefore My people will go into exile for lack of understanding; their men of rank will die of hunger and their masses will be parched with thirst.

3. First get the Word of God into your heart. (Renewing the mind)

(2 Pet 1:1‑2 NIV)  “Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: {2} Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

4. Sometimes lack of knowledge will hinder us from making a bold confession.

This Word describes the proper relationship between God and a man who Truly obeys Him.  Hosea here is referring to the “Shanan.”

(Hosea 4:6 NIV)  “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as My priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.

5. Faith is the assurance that the dream God gave you is real, the proof of its reality to come to pass. Lack of knowledge of God’s Word, and not having a vision go hand in hand.

(Prov 29:18 NIV)  “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.

6. In order to have a vision we need to look at The Word of God to acquire the knowledge of who we were, who we are, and where we are God Himself tells us He has called us to do good works, we can have confidence and agree with His Word in our words.

(Eph 2:10 NIV)  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God calls us to search His Word, and know it. From that basis we can make confession.