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June 28, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 5 (ESV)

But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds 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 of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.”When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him....Continue Reading

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  1. 19But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20″Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” 21And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach.

  2. Many things amaze me about Acts.

    I was thinking what would happen if we were all struck dead when we lied or behaved deceitfully towards the church or other Christians? I think the story of Ananias and Sapphira shows the depth of the work of the Holy Spirit. How many in churches are just faking it?

    I was also thinking that as Americans we suffer very little persecution (not that I am wishing for it, perhaps it is coming!) Looks like regardless of the consequences – trials, imprisonment, beatings – the apostles go right back to sharing Jesus Christ with the world. May we be so bold.

  3. Quite a sobering passage we have here. Although this occurrence is rare in the New testament and effectively nonexistent today, it is a reminder of the serious nature of sin, especially hypocrisy. It also shows the apostles have the full extent of God’s power and is a further reinforcement that He is working through them. And the next verses show they have the same power as Jesus and continue to do His work.

    And their boldness in the face of persecution and the power brokers of their day is something to model. “Stop blaming us for Christ’s death” they say but then Peter throws it right back in their face.

    And I love Gamaliel’s advice. If this is of men it will fail on its own. If it is from God, then you can’t stop it anyway.

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