6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Today’s Inspiration: God delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6. The Hebrew word yada meaning ‘to know’ stresses knowing from experience and relationship and acting on the knowledge. When used in terms of knowing people, it means caring for someone even being intimate sexually as in the case of Adam yada Eve and she conceived and bear Cain. Genesis 4:1. Hebraic knowledge is not knowing who someone is. When you yada someone, you are devoted to him as well. Hence biblically, knowledge of God truly means means knowing Him as son to a father and as wife to her husband. Hence to get people to know the Bible is not to fill the people with facts alone but to bring people to yada the Lord personally.
To bring people to yada the Bible is to communicate the Bible devotionally besides instructively. Hence when you read the Bible in Isaiah 11:9 and Habakkuk 2:14, it means that the Earth should be filled with (yada) devotion to the Lord as waters cover the sea. How well do we yada the Lord? This is where seeking the Lord every morning matters. To understand the Bible from Hebraic perspective, we need to be more devoted to the Lord personally rather than just merely filling the people’s minds with facts.
Transformation can only occur when we are fully devoted to the Lord by inquiring from Him in all that we do. For instance Isaiah 11:2 in the Tanach reads as the spirit of the Lord shall alight upon him a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and valor, a spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord. Compare this with the English Bible you will see it has deeper meaning. Knowledge of God should read as da’at Elohim meaning to having a life in relationship with Him.
Therefore to know the Bible deeper, is to lead a devotional and deeper relationship with the Lord daily to know His heart desires that we may walk right with Him. Biblically insight Hebraically is understanding, power is valor and the fear of the Lord is spirit of the Devotion and reverence for the Lord.
May we lead a devotional life with the Lord and be totally committed to Him to ensure success that we might glorify God’s name always. God be praised.