February 8, 2018
Acts 5:1-6… But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property and with his wife’s knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds for himself and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles feet .But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds from the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God. When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. The young men rose, wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
This happened in the life of the early church. In the 70’s of the last century, there was a strong movement to duplicate the ‘early church.’ The emphasis was about taking care of each other. Those who had, shared with those who had not. But, this episode in the life of the early church was largely ignored. The most important distinctive of the early church was the involvement of God. Mercy and judgment prevailed. God was not pleased with the lie of Ananias and Sapphira. I remember trying to figure out why He killed them. Lying about money and giving were the main culprits that we came up with. Now that I am older and have lived a bunch, i think lying, in general, is the problem. When you lie about something that God already knows the truth about, you deny His power and authority. You basically deny His supremacy. And you make the judgment that He doesn’t matter. That does not set well with God. I just thought of a verse.
Genesis 6:5… The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the lord was sorry that He had made man upon the earth…
This was the condition of mankind when God sent the flood to the earth. That was the verse I was thinking of but does not say what I thought it did. Here is another.
Judges 17:6… In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. That can happen when we forget that God is watching.