Deuteronomy 1:43 A Presumptuous Sin

Deuteronomy 1:43 (KJV)
So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill.

The thing that they presumed to do was the very thing that God had previously told them to do (but they would not). Their presumption was that they could do what God wanted them to do without following the direction of Moses. They had disobeyed Moses in refusing to enter at Kadesh-Barnea. Here they disobeyed Moses in entering there against his counsel. The price was destruction. They were chased out as if by bees. 

Not everyone died, but many did. The survivors came home weeping before the Lord. But they had lost the ear of God through their disobedience. We learn in the Book of Hebrews that this whole episode was a lack of faith. 

And so it is today. Some, maybe most, presume to serve God. They have heard before what the will of God is, so they choose to do that, only without the direction of a man of God. It’s why so many Christians gad about from place to place. It’s as if a tiny bee is all that is required to run them off. They may survive their lack of faith and obedience but:

  • They will lose many of their loved ones 
  • They will come home weeping and
  • They will lose the ear of God in their prayers 

This lack of faith is devastating our land right now. How we need Christians to repent, turn to the Lord, connect tightly with their local church and live out their faith there.

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Deuteronomy 1:43 A Presumptuous Sin

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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