Posted March 12, 2010on:
Reading today: Acts 5:1-11
Ananias and Sapphira
1Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
3Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.”
5When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
7About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”
“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
9Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
10At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
Paragraph gold today: Proverbs 3:32
32 for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
Leaving the development of something bad influence is a serious mistake. Like a contagious disease, if left to be more and more victims. Like cancer cells, if it has been developed to an advanced stage will be more difficult for disabled. Like a bad habit, if left unchecked since the children would be a bad character. Power breakdown was too strong for discouraged. The only way is to prevent or overcome memberantasnya while it was still early.
Church at the time of the apostles was still very “young”. His job is to witness the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Like the court in those days, the truth of a witness requires 2 people witness the inauguration. Many students are sent in pairs, like Peter and John or Paul and Barnabas, to confirm the truth of the gospel. Lie is a sin that the opposite with the task of a witness. Being a witness to tell the truth. Therefore, when there are 2 students agree on a lie, they were punished with the very serious to be a warning to all. Because a witness can not compromise with lies. Therefore, we can understand the harsh punishment of Ananias and Sapphira lie received for their agreement. That is why we are stunned to read about the severe punishment for the couple Ananias and Sapphira.
There are things in this life that can not be compromised, because it since the roots are the opposite. Including a lie against the truth. If bad habits lies left, would be a disaster in the future.We must be firm against him.
THERE’S NO OTHER WAY TO COMBAT lie, EXCEPT pruned early and as seriously.