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.
After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” 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.” 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. And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.
Comment: Yesterday we had the beginning of this passage when Ananias brought a portion of his sale money, claiming it to be the total, to offer at the apostles’ feet. His deceit was Satanic and his lie labelled as being to God not to the apostles. He dropped dead and was wrapped up and dropped into a hole and covered! His wife came in and tried the same trick and followed her husband into the ground.
It all seems a bit tough! Why doesn’t that happen these days because I’m sure that people still try to get away with lying to God. But the church was just in its infancy. And God was getting it well founded. There were lots of miracles which, although there are some, certainly they don’t happen with the same frequency these days. A strong lesson was taught about lying to God. It is as wrong today as it was then. It will be judged but just not ‘on the spot’ as then, but will surely come! This passage is about a lesson to be learned – and learned well!
Prayer: May I become truly honest to You, O my God.