What is the definition of presumption? "The act of believing upon probable evidence, or taking for
granted; belief upon incomplete proof; opinion. The act of venturing
beyond due bounds; forward, venturesome, overconfident, or arrogant
opinion or conduct; unreasonable confidence." - Webster.
How does God look upon presumption, as indicated by His dealing with ancient
Israel? "But the soul that doeth aught presumptuously, whether he be born
in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the Lord; and that
soul shall be cut off from among his people." Num. 15:30.
If a prophet of old presumed to speak in the name of God that which he had not
commanded, what was the result? "But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in My name,
which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name
of other gods, even that prophet shall die." Deut. 18:20.
What befell the Israelites when, having reached the promised land, they
attempted to fight against the Canaanites without God's consent? "But they presumed to go up unto the hilltop: nevertheless the
ark of the covenant of the Lord, and Moses departed not out of the camp,
Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that
hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah." Num.
What was withdrawn from the antediluvians because they had persisted in their evil
course? "And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with
man." Gen. 6:3.
Of what presumptuous act were men guilty soon after the flood? "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose
top may reach unto heaven." Gen. 11:4.
What did the Lord say of them? "And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all
one language and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be
restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." Gen. 11:6.
What befell them in consequence of their presumption? "The Lord did there confound the language of all the earth; and
from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." Gen. 11:9.
What befell Nadab and Abihu for their presumption in offering strange fire that
the Lord had not commanded? "And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his
censer, and put fire there in, and put incense thereon, and offered
strange fire before the Lord, which He commanded them not. And there went
out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the
Lord." Lev. 10:1, 2.
How was the little horn, the papacy, to show its presumption? "And he [the little horn] shall speak great words against the
Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to
change times and laws." Dan. 7:25.
What is this power, therefore, called by the apostle? "And that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who
opposeth, and exalteth himself above all that is called God." 2 Thess. 2:3, 4.
What does the psalmist call the sin of presumption? "Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not
have dominion over me; then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent
from the great transgression." Ps. 19:13.
What admonition does the apostle give concerning our course toward the truth? "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed
unto the day of redemption." Eph. 4:30.