Acts 5:1–11 (ESV)
Ananias and Sapphira
5 But a man named Ananias,
with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 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. 3 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? 4 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.” 5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. 6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.”
9 But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and
breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.
In yesterday’s reading, the Believers were selling their possessions and giving to the poor. They were giving out of love (Gospel), not out of obligation (Law). The government was not demanding it, again it was given out of Love.
In today’s reading, the people are still selling and giving, but a married couple said they were giving all the proceeds from the sale of land, but held on to a portion of it. This was a misrepresentation of what they were doing and they were putting
on a front of piousness and righteousness, but were lying to God. They misrepresented themselves to make them look better than they were... they were hypocritical in their words to God. How do we use this today? Don’t lie to God, He
knows your heart and your actions. They should have said that they were going to give part of the proceeds (instead of all) or else given all (instead of holding back some). If you lie to God... you lose. You can’t fool him.
I pray: O Lord, I know that you are all knowing (omnipotent), yet we often think we can sin behind your back without you knowing. You are God and you are the Judge. We are not worthy to be in
your presence. Help us to repent of our sins and to walk according to your ways. Help us to be truthful to all people, especially you. Please forgive us and renew us according to your will. Amen.