Isaiah 29:13-14, “13 The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is made up only of rules taught by men.
14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.””
There are alot of ways to know the things of God. You can know of God and you can know all about God. You can know that God has done countless miracles from Egypt to Asyria and everywhere in-between and everywhere around there. You can know that God is the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, the father of every Israelite there ever was, there is, and all there are yet to be. You can know that he made a way for everybody else to be adopted into his family. You can know alot, a whole lot of God and about God, but you had better make pretty sure that you get to know God.
The Israelites of ages past knew their people had an extensive history with God. They knew the rules of worship, but they had missed the point. They failed to bring their hearts to God. They knew all to well how to know God superficially.
superficial: presenting only an appearance without substance or significance
2 Timothy 3:5, “5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”
Superficials believers are all over the place. When the going gets rough, they go away. When they have to chose between church and other, more often than not, its other. Few bad habits go away, instead they just get more of them. To them, God is like a hat. Wear it if you need it, put it away if you don’t. Superficial believers might have a long history of their belief in God, but they don’t get much out of that time. Still, in both testaments, just because your belief in God is only lying on the surface, doesn’t mean that His plans for you are only on the surface.