FAILURES OF PRESUMPTION

November 25, 2019

Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified before a Congressional committee that President Trump expressed no expectations of Ukraine except that the president of that nation do the right thing.  In the context of past performance, the obvious meaning would be to investigate corruption at all levels.  The only reason the Democrats are in such anxiety over that recommendation is they know any legitimate investigation would uncover the trail of slime left by the Bidens.  When pushed by Republican members, Mr. Sondland admitted his conclusions of nefarious activity are based not on concrete evidence, but rather his own presumptions.  That comment represents the basic tenor of this entire impeachment conspiracy.

When Sondland used the word ‘presumed,’ it called to mind something King David wrote:  “Who can understand his errors?  Cleanse thou me from secret faults.  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” (Psalm 19:12, 13). If anyone has ever had the opportunity to be presumptuous against the leader of government, it was David.  King Saul was leading Israel over the cliff, David had been anointed by God’s leadership to be the future king, and public opinion was swinging heavily in his direction.  But when the opening arrived for David to eliminate his adversary, his decision is recorded in I Samuel 24:6.7:  “And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.  So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul.”  It is impossible for the Left to find any identification with this passage.  Who would represent them…a failed administration or a refusal to impeach?

By some very strange coincidence the word ‘presume’ in all of its forms (presumed, presumptuous, presumptuously) appears eleven times in the Scriptures, all in a negative context.  Many Bible students are aware that numbers are assigned meaning.  Lo and behold, eleven is the number of confusion and wouldn’t you know it ---the tower of Babel and the confusion that resulted when God confounded the language of man appears in Genesis 11.  The more the Dems presume, the more confused they become.

With the anticipation of Israel entering the land of Canaan, Moses dispatched twelve spies to bring a report of obstacles.  Upon returning, ten of the twelve issued a negative summary, presuming that God wasn’t powerful enough to defeat the giants that occupied the country.  The consequences were deafening:  “Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the Lord” (Numbers 14:37). Israel feigned a repentance with the declaration they were then ready to proceed ahead and fight if necessary.  Moses warned them against any movement but to no avail:  “But they presumed to go up unto the hill top (often called Congress): 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 the hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah” (Numbers 14:44, 45). When presumption is built upon the stones of dishonesty and chicanery, victory is very elusive.

The book of Esther cannot be neglected in this study. It contains an example of presumptuous hatred that echoes to present times.  The Persian King Ahasuerus promoted Haman to a position of great prominence in his kingdom, allowing the newly proclaimed bureaucrat to think extremely well of himself. Mordecai the Jew was not impressed, declining to render the expected flattery.  Mordecai’s refusal to acknowledge Haman’s advancement in the swamp only intensified Haman’s hatred for his perceived adversary.  Haman (a perfect type of the anti-Christ in Scriptures) concocts a plan to exterminate all the Jews in the kingdom and tricks the king into agreement.  Esther, the Jewish queen, discovers a way to expose Haman’s plan of physical and political genocide.  The king grabs a clue:  “Then the King Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?  And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman.”  The plot was uncovered and Haman was hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.  Adam Schiff and Mother Pelosi are dancing on the edges of political suicide.  Presumption can be a cruel taskmaster!

Space does not allow for further examples but Peter brings the subject to a proper conclusion in a government context:  “But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government.  Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord”  (II Peter 2:10, 11). Could verse eleven (the number of confusion) be more prophetic than any of us realize, containing eighteen words - which is 6+6+6?  Just saying!

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