1. Introduction
 
We learnt in the previous post that satan tempted Jesus to sin by daring him to sin on the presumption that the Angels of God would catch Him if He would cast Himself down from the pinnacle of the Temple in Jerusalem.  In the temptation, Satan used the tactic of twisting the scriptures out of context.  If Jesus had answered to the dare, he would have sinned presumptuously.
 
To be presumptuous is to:
 
be unwarrantedly or impertinently bold; forward.”  Synonyms include  impertinent, audacious; fresh; arrogant.  (http://dictionary.reference.com).
 
overstep due bounds:  take liberties (http://www.merriam-webster.com). 
 
Synonyms include:
 
impertinent, audacious; fresh; arrogant.  (http://dictionary.reference.com).
 
arrogant, foolhardy, impertinent, overconfident, pretentious (http://thesaurus.com/browse/presumptuous).
 
 
2. What was the presumption?
 
First, satan presented a lie to Adam, Eve and Jesus. The basis of the lie related to the twisting of commands that God had given. In the case of the temptation in the Garden of Eden, Eve reported to satan that God had given permission to eat from every tree in the Garden EXCEPT the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They would die if they ate from this tree.
 
Satan’s lies were:
 
Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know, that in the day ye eat of it, then your eyes shall be opened: and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3: 4 & 5).
 
Adam and Eve were therefore led to assume that God had lied about the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  They therefore sinned presumptuously by overstepping the bounds given to them by God and by choosing to believe and obey satan’s lies.

To make matters worse, Adam became so arrogant in his rebellion that he later responded arrogantly and failed to acknowledge his sin by blaming Eve and God when confronted by the Father:

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself

And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat (Genesis 3: 9 – 12).

Job later said that Adam covered his transgressions and hid his iniquity in his bosom” (Job 31: 33).

 

3. The lesson that we should learn

Sin is sin. However, the burden and judgment of sin become greater when we wilfully rebel against the Word of the Lord. Let us pray and ask our Father to deliver us from evil so that we could be pleasing in His sight.  We need to know and correctly interpret the Word of God in order to escape from the traps of the adversary, since of his key devices is to TWIST THE WORD OF GOD OUT OF CONTEXT AND ITS TRUE MEANING.

Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity and protection.

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