“And ye returned and wept before the
LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.” (De
This is one
of the “Truth or Consequences” verses. By that I mean, there are consequences
to every action. We may get to choose the Actions but never the consequences.
A. Review of the History.
This is the opening sermon of the book of Deuteronomy
Moses recounts the history of Israel from the time of their departure
from Egypt to their coming to the Jordan River.
He shares the blessing with the cursings. The good time with the bad.
B. It is good to stop and review the places
we have been in our lives.
We are told in Romans 5 the results of trials, but it should also be
noted that similar could be said about the good time even though we don’t need
to be reminded of them.
“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing
that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience,
hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in
our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Ro 5:3-5 AV)
Tribulation works patience
Patience works experience
Experience works hope
Hope makes not ashamed.
This past six months have taught us something of this tribulation to
Rachel determined that the Lord would have her to make this trip to
Here goals were lofty, she was hoping to take a group of men and women
who would minister in the village of Negereit (sp). Her desire was to teach the
children, women and men as well as build a house for a handicap lady who gave
her home to the school.
It became apparent that all of that was not going to get done. See
Gideon and his 300. God gave her one volunteer. And many trials to face over
the next few month.
They figured the two of them would need between 8 and 10 thousand
dollars.They had to trust the Lord.
They needed VBS Kits. They had to trust the Lord.
Over and over we were reminded that every trip to the mission field
Rachel had made were either last minute, and God supplied. Or underfunded. But
God supplied. One such trip lasted 9 month, but began just 2 week after
deciding to Go.
With all that we had seen him do in the past how could we not trust him
The past few month the finances of the church have suffered, from both
the economy and loss of attenders and members.
We have has to postpone paying some bills.
We have had to cut back in some area.
Some of pastor expense allowances have been slow in arriving.
The hope comes from the fact that we have seen this before, and God
Provided, He will provide this time as well.
C. The text verse, gives us a solemn warning.
Remember we discussed a couple of weeks ago that there were two route to
the promise land.
A short one over the hills and through the land of Philistines, but
there was a strong army in the way.
A long one through the wilderness of Sin (not a sinful route) But it was
across a deserted and barren land.
The Israelites want to go the short route (pleasure, not pain) rather
that the long route (suffering, but great gain).
When face with the hill country, and the prospect of the Amorite
(Canaanites) and the fact that God and Moses said NO! WAY! They said Yes, Way.
Our way (pleasure, no pain) always looks good, but leads to
destruction.(a truth so powerful that Solomen repeats it)
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.” (Pr 14:12 AV)
“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.” (Pr 16:25 AV)
Our way in this case, results defeat.
“Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt
in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.” (Nu
D. The Sin is one of Presumption.
“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.”
(De 1:43 AV)
This is like a child, you tell them NO, and they sit and stew about it,
and finally they say, “I don’t care I will do it anyway.”
Like some of those “Dumbest things on wheels”
You tell them “Don’t jump your bike of the roof of the house into the
pool, you will get hurt.”
Nature tells them “Don’t jump your bike of the roof of the house into
the pool, you will get hurt.”
Their friends tell them, “Don’t jump your bike of the roof of the house
into the pool, you will get hurt.”
Next scene, the bike and boy are on the roof, the pool is below. The
view can clearly see and says to himself, “Don’t jump your bike of the roof of
the house into the pool, you will get hurt.”
All were right, but because the boy in his pride says, “I will jump my
bike of the roof of the house into the pool, I will not get hurt.” But he does.
Why, Because the acts of pride and presumption have terrible
In the case of the boy. Broken something. If not death.
In the case of Israel,
“And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would
not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you. So ye abode in Kadesh many
days, according unto the days that ye abode there.” (De 1:45-46 AV)
Notice they return (repented) and wept.
In this case, I believe they ended up stay in Kadesh many day, pleading
with God, let us go up the short way. Let us defeat the Amorites, Let us have
God would not hear, and would not move on their behalf.
It was only after they started in the path that God chose that he bless
and heard there cry.
They did eventually defeat the enemy. But only after going God’s way and
wandering in the wilderness preparing them for battle and making them willing
to do it God’s way.
E. The presumptuous sin is one in which in
are pride we choose to do what God tell us not to do and them expect that he
will not somehow judge us for our sin.
Spurgeon in his sermon “Presumptuous Sin” says
SINS are great sins, but yet some sins are greater than others. Every sin has
in it the very venom of rebellion, and is full of the essential marrow of
traitorous rejection of God. But there be some sins which have in them a
greater development of the essential mischief of rebellion, and which wear upon
their faces more of the brazen pride which defies the Most High. It is wrong to
suppose that because all sins will condemn us, that therefore one sin is not
greater than another. The fact is, that while all transgression is a greatly
grievous sinful thing, yet there are some transgressions which have a deeper
shade of blackness, and a more double scarlet-dyed hue of criminality than
others. Now the presumptuous sins of our text are just the chief of all sins:
they rank head and foremost in the list of iniquities. It is remarkable, that
though an atonement was provided under the Jewish law for every kind of sin,
there was this one exception: "But the soul that sinneth presumptuously
shall have no atonement; it shall be out off from the midst of my people."
And now, under the Christian dispensation, although in the sacrifice of our
blessed Lord there is a great and precious atonement for presumptuous sins,
whereby sinners who have sinned in this manner are made clean, yet, without
doubt, presumptuous sinners, dying without pardon, must expect to receive a
double portion of the wrath of God, and a more wonderful manifestation of the
unutterable anguish of the torment of eternal punishment in the pit that is
digged for the wicked.
shall this morning, first of all, endeavor to describe presumptuous sins; then,
secondly, I shall try, if I can, to show by some illustrations, why the
presumptuous sin is more heinous than any other; and then thirdly, I shall try
to press the prayer upon your notice—the prayer, mark you, of the holy man—the
prayer of David: "Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins.
then, WHAT IS PRESUMPTUOUS SIN? Now, I think here must be one of four things in
a sin in order to make it presumptuous.
must either be a sin against light and knowledge,
a sin committed with deliberation,
a sin committed with a design of sinning, merely for sinning's sake,
else it must be a sin committed through hardihood(self assurance), from a man's
rash confidence in his own strength.
F. What are the presumptuous sins in your life.
What have you chosen to do even though you know it is wrong?
What sin have you committed after you thought about it, planned it,
prepared for it?
What sin have you done just because you wanted to sin.?
What sin have you done because in you pride you said I can get away with
Verse 46. According unto the days that ye abode there.] They had been a long
time at this place, see Nu 13:27; 20:1, 14, 21. And some think that the words
mean, "Ye abode as long at Kadesh, when you came to it the second time, as
ye did at the first." Or, according to others, "While ye were in
that part of the desert, ye encamped at Kadesh."
1. As one
grand object of the law of God was to instruct the people in those things which
were calculated to promote their peace and insure their prosperity; and as they
were apt to lose sight of their spiritual interests, without a due attention to
which their secular interest could not be promoted; Moses, not only in this
chapter, but through the whole book, calls upon them to recollect their former
miserable situation, in which they held neither life nor property but at the will
of a merciless tyrant, and the great kindness and power of God manifested in
their deliverance from a bondage that was as degrading as it was oppressive.
These things properly remembered would lead them to prize their blessings, and
duly appreciate the mercy of their Maker.
2. But it was
not only this general display of God’s kindness, in the grand act of their
deliverance from Egypt, that he wished them to keep constantly in view, but
also that gracious providence which was manifested in every step they took;
which directed all their movements, provided for all their wants, continually
showing what they should do, how they should do it, and also the most proper time
and place for every act, whether religious or civil. By bringing before them in
one point of view the history of almost forty years, in which the strangest and
most stupendous occurrences had taken place that had ever been exhibited to the
world, he took the readiest way to impress their minds, not only with their
deep obligation to God, but also to show them that they were a people on whom
their Maker had set his heart to do them good, and that if they feared him they
should lack nothing that was good. He lays out also before them a history of
their miscarriages and rebellion, and the privations and evils they had
suffered in consequence, that this might act as a continual warning, and thus
become, in the hands of God, a preventive of crimes.
3. If every Christian
were thus to call his past life into review, he would see equal proofs of God’s
gracious regards to his body and soul; equal proofs of eternal mercy in
providing for his deliverance from the galling yoke and oppressive tyranny of
sin, as the Israelites had in their deliverance from Egypt; and equal displays
of a most gracious providence, that had also been his incessant companion
through all the changes and chances of this mortal life, guiding him by its
counsel, that he might be at last received into glory. O reader, remember what
God has done for thee during thy forty, fifty, &c., years! He has
nourished, fed, clothed, protected, and saved thee. How often and how
powerfully has his Spirit striven with thee! How often and how impressively
thou hast heard his voice in his Gospel and in his providences! Remember the
good resolutions thou hast made, the ingratitude and disobedience that have
marked thy life; how his vows are still upon thee, and how his mercy still spares
thee! And wilt thou live so as to perish for ever? God forbid! He still waits
to be gracious, and rejoices over thee to do thee good. Learn from what is before
thee how thou shouldst fear, love, believe in, and obey thy God. The Lamb of
God, that taketh away the sin of the world, is still before the throne; and
whosoever cometh unto God through him shall in nowise be cast out. He who
believes these things with an upright heart will soon be enabled to live a