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February 17 - Evening

"When Moses reported this to all the Israelites, they mourned bitterly. Early the next morning they set out for the highest point in the hill country, saying, “Now we are ready to go up to the land the Lord promised. Surely we have sinned!”

But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the Lord’s command? This will not succeed!  Do not go up, because the Lord is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies, for the Amalekites and the Canaanites will face you there. Because you have turned away from the Lord, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword.”

Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the highest point in the hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp.”

- Numbers 14:39-44

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Presumption is Living in the Word Out of Context


Unbelievable stupidity! Not only did they not believe the Lord’s promise to give them the land of Canaan, now they do not believe the Lord’s pronouncement that they will not be allowed into the Promised Land. They have the wrong faith, at the wrong time, and are going to the wrong place, with the wrong attitude.

When the Israelites tried to enter the land in their presumptuous, disobedient attitude they were actually continuing in unbelief instead of faith because they were told:

  1. The Lord was not with them, but they acted as if he was
  2. Moses told them not to go, and they again acted in disobedience when they went into the land.
  3. Moses told them the Lord would not be with them, so they acted without the Lord…and, without Moses…and, without the Ark of the Covenant.
  4. That they had turned away from the Lord, so he will not be with you.
  5. The Israelites will fall by the sword, because God is not with them

Notice that the Israelites in presumption quote the Lord’s previous words and his previous plans, but they quote them out of context. They use God’s own words out of context to come against his command in an attempt to nullify God’s will and justify their own desires when they say:

            “Now we are ready to go up to the land the Lord promised.”

It is the land God has promised, but it is also the land he said they would never see! Presumption is living in the Word out of context.


  Christian Quote from Church History
"God gave me my money. I believe the power to make money is a gift from God, to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind. Having been endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience.”
- John D. Rockefeller
Something to Ponder??

“The Jews no longer have prophets of miracles. Yet, traces of those things are still found among Christians to a considerable extent. Some of these miracles are more remarkable than any that existed among the Jews. I have witnessed these myself.” – Origen 248 AD

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Paralogizomai (Gr) – Deceive Eng) - paralogizomai is a Greek word that originally meant “to miscalculate.” The idea of miscalculating led to paralogizomai meaning “to reason falsely.”
From this it was used to mean “mislead.” It is used in James 1:22 and Colossians 2:4.
Thayer says paralogizomai means “to deceive by false reasoning.”
Arndt and Gingrich say it means “deceive” and “delude.”


Irenaeus records that the Apostle John was exiled to Patmos during the reign of Domitian (81-96 AD) who was assassinated on September 18, 96 AD. Domitian’s political enemies including John would have been released at this time. Eusebius records that John returned to Ephesus during Nerva’s reign
(96-98 AD) and John died in Ephesus during the reign of Trajan (98-117 AD). Many of the buildings excavated in Ephesus date from this time period. According to the traditions that date from the early 100’s AD John is buried under the aspe of a church that was built in the 300’s called the Church of
Saint John. (Details here)

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Do I listen to deceitful words? Do I trust in "truths" that are not founded on reality?
I will avoid destruction in my life by seeking truth, listening to truth and analyzing things by
comparing them with God's Word and the reality he has created.
  "A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
    a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue."
- Proverbs 17:4
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