“Presumptuous Sins = Shaking Your Fists at God” March 9


Presumptuous Sins = Shaking Your Fists at God - "Presumptuous sins" are willful disobedience, knowing something is wrong, and yet, doing it anyway! In effect, shaking our fists at God! Could you be doing so in some way?“Presumptuous sins” are willful disobedience, knowing something is wrong, and yet, doing it anyway! In effect, shaking our fists at God! Could you be doing so in some way?


Today’s Readings:
Numbers 15 & 16
Psalm 32.1-5
Proverbs 11.16-18
Mark 11.1-19


Presumptuous Sins = Shaking Your Fists at God


Numbers 15 & 16:

Presumptuous Sins


God had delivered the nation of Israel from Egypt and provided for them over and over in the wilderness. So these chapters can’t help but seem astounding, how these people rebelled again and again in spite of how God had revealed Himself to them. And yet, if we’re honest, once again … they are us and we are them!

Verse 15.30 talks about “presumptuous sins.” That is willful disobedience. It means we know it’s wrong and, yet, we do it anyway! Remember, anytime we sin, it’s first and foremost a sin against God. So when we willfully transgress the Lord’s commands to us, we’re shaking our fist at God just as Korah and his bunch did in today’s reading. Instead of fearing God, we’re rebelling against Him!

It may not be as public when we do it, so we think it’s not as bad. But remember God is looking at our hearts and nothing is hidden from Him. Romans 14.23 says, “… for whatever is not from faith is sin.” And James 4.17 says, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin” (NASB).


Remember, Remember, Remember


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The Nation of Israel failed to remember all that God had done for them and quickly turned back to living by their feelings, instead of walking by faith.

God, in His mercy, is constantly showing us ways to “remember.” In 15.37-41 He instructed the Israelites to put tassels on their garments to remind them of the commandments and the importance of obeying them. He was saying “remember, remember, remember”!

Today, we have the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as reminders. We hang plaques on our walls and drink our coffee out of Scripture emblazoned cups.

He has given us His written Word, great biblically sound books, teachings on the radio, on TV, on the Internet and in church. Yet, how often do we leave church after hearing a great message and, instead of “remembering,” … we, immediately, start living for ourselves, fighting and quarreling, and sinning willfully … sometimes on the way home!

In the book of numbers, even after the earth opened and swallowed up the rebels, the people turned around and picked up where the rebels left off! Oh, that we might learn from the example of others and not have to suffer the same fate!


When We’re Sinned Against


Notice, though, that even though the Israelites’ rebellion involved threats against Moses, he interceded for the rebels rather than taking it personally. We need to “remember” that when people sin against us. I read somewhere that we are never more like God than we are when we forgive and pray for those who spitefully use us!




Psalm 32.1-5:

“I will instruct you …”


The Psalms are not in chronological order. Many believe that Psalm 32 actually follows 38 and 51 time wise and refers, at least in part, to David’s adultery with Bathsheba.

Psalm 38 is a picture of David’s suffering, depression and misery as a result of his unconfessed sin. Psalm 51 is David’s Psalm of repentance and confession after being confronted by the Prophet Nathan.

Psalm 32 is called a “maskil” or instructional psalm. In verse 8 he says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go …”

What is God, through David, saying to you? Is there some sin for which you need to repent? If so, go to the Lord, confess (agree with Him that it is sin) and repent (change your mind about the direction you are going and go God’s way).


Proverbs 11.16-18:

Good for the Soul


Verse 17, “The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.”

Paul said it this way:

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6.7).


Mark 11.1-19:

The True King


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Verses 1-11 cover Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem the week before Passover. This very important event is one of the few covered in all four Gospels. Although few, if any, fully understood at the time, this was Jesus’ coronation as Israel’s True King. We celebrate this event as Palm Sunday.



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