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“And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.” (De 1:45 AV)

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.

1.       This is the opening sermon of the book of Deuteronomy

2.      Moses recounts the history of Israel from the time of their departure from Egypt to their coming to the Jordan River.

3.      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.

1.       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)

a)     Tribulation works patience

b)     Patience works experience

c)      Experience works hope

d)     Hope makes not ashamed.

2.      This past six months have taught us something of this tribulation to hope working.

a)     Rachel determined that the Lord would have her to make this trip to Kenya.

b)     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.

c)      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.

d)     They figured the two of them would need between 8 and 10 thousand dollars.They had to trust the Lord.

e)     They needed VBS Kits. They had to trust the Lord.

f)       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.

g)     With all that we had seen him do in the past how could we not trust him now.

3.      The past few month the finances of the church have suffered, from both the economy and loss of attenders and members.

a)     We have has to postpone paying some bills.

b)     We have had to cut back in some area.

c)      Some of pastor expense allowances have been slow in arriving.

d)     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.

1.       Remember we discussed a couple of weeks ago that there were two route to the promise land.

a)     A short one over the hills and through the land of Philistines, but there was a strong army in the way.

b)     A long one through the wilderness of Sin (not a sinful route) But it was across a deserted and barren land.

2.      The Israelites want to go the short route (pleasure, not pain) rather that the long route (suffering, but great gain).

3.      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.

a)     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)

b)     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 14:45 AV)

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)

1.       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.”

a)     Like some of those “Dumbest things on wheels”

b)     You tell them “Don’t jump your bike of the roof of the house into the pool, you will get hurt.”

c)      Nature tells them “Don’t jump your bike of the roof of the house into the pool, you will get hurt.”

d)     Their friends tell them, “Don’t jump your bike of the roof of the house into the pool, you will get hurt.”

e)     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.”

f)       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.

2.      Why, Because the acts of pride and presumption have terrible consequences.

a)     In the case of the boy. Broken something. If not death.

b)     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)

c)      Notice they return (repented) and wept.

d)     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 our way.

e)     God would not hear, and would not move on their behalf.

f)       It was only after they started in the path that God chose that he bless and heard there cry.

g)     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.

1.       Spurgeon in his sermon “Presumptuous Sin” says

ALL 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.

I 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. "

First, then, WHAT IS PRESUMPTUOUS SIN? Now, I think here must be one of four things in a sin in order to make it presumptuous.

It must either be a sin against light and knowledge,

or a sin committed with deliberation,

or a sin committed with a design of sinning, merely for sinning's sake,

or 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.

a)     What have you chosen to do even though you know it is wrong?

b)     What sin have you committed after you thought about it, planned it, prepared for it?

c)      What sin have you done just because you wanted to sin.?

d)     What sin have you done because in you pride you said I can get away with this?

 

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 sanctified life.

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