Temptation 2: Living presumptuously
Then the Adversary took him to the holy city and set him on the highest point of the Temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “jump! For the Tanakh says, ‘He will order his angels to be responsible for you…. They will support you with their hands, so that you will not hurt your feet on the stones.'” Yeshua replied to him, “But it also says, ‘Do not put ADONAI your God to the test.'” Matthew 4:5-7 CJB
Deuteronomy 6:16-19 declares “Do not put ADONAI your God to the test … Observe diligently the mitzvot of ADONAI your God, and his instructions and laws which he has given you. You are to do what is right and good in the sight of ADONAI, so that things will go well with you, …” .
We are instructed to do what is right and good in YHVH’s view. The Word of God also admonishes us to be self-controlled and wise. Contrarily, the enemy will encourage us to be reckless and presumptuous, which are attributes of foolish conduct.
What does it mean to be presumptuous? This speaks of a person or their behaviour failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.
As children of YHVH and citizens of His kingdom, we are called to a high standard of thought and conduct. We are guided by and live in fellowship with Father by Holy Ghost. As a result we are sheltered under the covering of YHVH. Knowing this, the enemy, like his attempt with Yeshua, will try to persuade us to misuse our covering of the grace of God. In so doing, our actions will derive from a place of presumption where we assume the mentality that His grace forever covers all.
We must be aware, however, that presumptuousness is sin. What then, are we to say, “Let’s keep on sinning, so that there can be more grace”? Of course not!
Romans 6:12 declares “… do not let sin rule in your mortal bodies, so that it makes you obey its desires; … ” And verse 16 continues further, “Don’t you know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, then, of the one whom you are obeying, you are slaves–whether of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to being made righteous?”
Again the enemy tried to use Yeshua’s identity to cause Him to sin against YHVH. This time around, he tried to challenge the promise or word of God in a way that would have caused Yeshua to be reckless and presumptuous. In the same way, he will try to use the promises of the LORD to lure us into sin. Psalms 91 outlines the protection of the LORD for those who are in covenant with Him. But does that mean that we put ourselves in unnecessary danger to see if God’s words are true. Are we to be presumptuous so that the Word of God is proven true through testing Him? When we take this stance, not only do we sin but we align ourselves with doubt and unbelief.
We should never put to test the LORD’s grace. The word you received from the LORD is not for a show. Again, I say, you do not need to prove anything to anyone. Walk in the confidence of your word … your promises. Do not be swayed into presumptuousness in an attempt to prove yourself. This only opens us up to pride and the enemy’s control.
As we realign our lives, let us declare like King David,
“Who can discern unintentional sins? Cleanse me from hidden faults. Also keep your servant from presumptuous sins, so that they won’t control me.” Psalm 19:13-14 CJB
– Remaining graced, remaining covered