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Sunday Scripture

June 10, 2007
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.

I read this passage during my quiet times this week and was reminded of how arrogant we are to think we can deceive God. My children have been learning a catechism. On of the questions is Does God know all things? followed by the answer, Yes, nothing can be hidden from God.

We would do well to remember that no how much we deceive ourselves and others, God cannot be deceived. May our fear of the Lord and our reverence for Him keep us living lives of integrity.

Have a blessed day of worship!

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  1. Schelle permalink
    June 11, 2007 3:17 pm

    I guess it’s part of human nature to try to fudge the truth – we convince ourselves that we are in the right, even against our better judgment, and try to squish down the voice of conscience. We need constant reminders that God knows our thoughts and is not swayed by our attempts to dissemble.

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