Acts 5:1-11 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property...
Ananias and Sapphira gave in to temptation and sinned because of money. Here's a little context. In Acts 4 we're told this about the first century church and believers, "There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need" (Acts 4:34-35). Ananias and Sapphira are part of this group. They sell some property with the intent of giving the proceeds to the church. But instead of giving what they received from the sale of the property, they lie about the sale so they can keep part of the money for themselves. Well Peter calls Ananias out "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? . . . You have not lied to man but to God" (Acts 5:3,5). That very day, both Ananias and Sapphira die as a result of their sin.
So what does this passage show you about temptation and sin, especially when it concerns money? What did it show you about God's view on honesty and having a generous heart? Tami W.
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