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Ananias and Sapphira May 12, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Acts 5:1-11.

Summary: In this passage, Ananias and Sapphira sold a piece of property – yet they did not bring the full proceeds of that sale to the apostles; instead, they kept part of it for themselves. Peter then confronted them regarding their act of deception; he asserted that they had actually sinned against God. God struck them down, and the news of this dramatic act caused many to be stricken with fear.

Thoughts: This passage furnishes another example of the apostles living by the principle in John 3:30: “He must increase; I must decrease.” Here, we see that Peter perceived the actions of Ananias and Sapphira as sins against God Himself. As far as we know, Peter was not resentful about Ananias and Sapphira’s attempt to deceive him; he simply responded to their actions by serving as God’s mouthpiece. My prayer is that as time passes, I will also adhere more closely to the principle in John 3:30 – and identify more closely with God.

While this is probably a minor point in the passage…I hope to meet the “young men” in the next life. Did they belong to the early church? If so, how did they come to accept the veracity of the Gospel message? Were they stricken with fear when they saw the bodies of Ananias and Sapphira? If so, how did they muster the strength to bury them? Did their respect for Peter – and the other apostles – grow after God performed this dramatic act?



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