In our study of Hosea chapter four, we look at what happens when teachers stop teaching the Word of God. In the first three chapters of this book, we saw how God's people had turned away from His ways and turned to every kind of religion and idol. Here we will see what caused this and what effect it had upon God's people.
"Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: 'There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgement of God in the land.'" NIV translation
God sent the prophet Hosea to the people of Israel as an example and also to call them to repentance. He begins to share the message that God gave him for them and it includes a charge against them. He begins with a call to turn back to the Word of God when he says "hear the word of the Lord". They had turned away from God's Word and so had no knowledge of His will and His love. They had all kinds of religious ritual but they had no mercy. It is much the same way in the world today as many people do not know what the Bible says and don't even want to know.
"'There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.'" NIV translation
The people have ignored God's Word and broke the Ten Commandments. If you go down the sins listed here, you could say the same thing about the world today as it is every man for himself and the world goes from one conflict to the next.
"'Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying.'" NIV translation
Because of the disobedience of men, the earth and everything in it has been under the curse of sin. When sin entered the earth, death did as well but Jesus defeated sin and death on the cross. Therefore, one day there will be a new heaven and a new earth that is not tainted by the effects of sin.
"'But let no man bring a charge, let no man accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.'" NIV translation
As men, we like to point the finger and blame others but here God makes it clear that they were all guilty of turning their backs on Him.