by Christina Farris
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
Acts 5:1-12 KJV
One can almost get angry with this story at the Holy Spirit, because of the two people that die because of their sin to hold back a portion for whatever reason, until one realizes the Holy Spirit has foreknowledge of what Ananias and Sapphira had already promised to do in their heart before holding back part of the money. There is a nakeness here without clothing. A nakeness here before the Holy Spirit that has to do with the enter heart and soul of man. The original decision to obey God because God had purposed the church to sell land and use it to build the church and to help the people. The original spirit of the man was yes Lord, and then it has if Ananais turned around and says not all will I give, I might need or I might have use of it myself. No one said he could not use it once giving it to the church, he took it before he gave it. Holy Spirit spoke to Ananias through the Apostle that he had lied to the Holy Spirit and been filled with Satan to tell this lie. This lie not conjured up by God but by Satan. That he lied to God. The lie being the nakeness of sin before God that this was all he had received for a piece of land.
Most of us would never imagine in our hearts that one lie we tell to God being conjured by the enemy, but not only the enemy, but that we entered and obeyed not the voice of God after such a wonderful revival held for building the church in the previous chapter of Acts 4. It is as if Satan came and took what had been planted by God to give whole heartly and then it was destroyed by Satan with the greed of who will know the difference if I lie. Someone forgot to tell Ananias and Sapphire God reads their hearts.
Adam and Eve got casted out of the garden when trying to cover their sin themselves when confronted by God. For Ananais and Sapphire this is instance of standing before the Holy Spirit in the assemble of the apostles and others that may of been their giving of money as lead too do. Yet this sin nakeness had to do with eternal damnation. There was no second chance, no repentance to follow but one of death for Ananais and Sapphire, because they allowed Satan to tempt them to sin. They were like Adam and Eve in regards to choice to obey God or the devil. Yet they obey God partly but not all the way, and took back part for themselves instead of giving it first all to God, instead of doing what he promised he lied to God about it saying it was all he received from the land. Not only all he received, but said it to deceive God.
What if Ananias had not lied about what he gave and said simply he sold it for this and I giving this part to you Lord. Would there been anything wrong with it. It would been the honest way of dealing with the amount, but instead he continue not to speak what the actual land was sold but continued in the lie. With the lie came death. Three hours later Sapphira walked in and lied too not knowing the fate of her husband. She upheld the lie conceived by Satan, and once confronted died giving up her ghost/spirit.
This caused a great fear in the assembly of the church, and the apostle began to preach on Solomon porch. The fear because they knew they could not hide their actions or thoughts from God. The Holy Spirit knew their inner soul. We can not deceive God whether we speak quickly with another an plot a lie to tell to God or we hide it in our heart and alone lie to God. If God sees everything, and knows our heart, he knows if our actions are heart based or head based, or both heart and head base. Our action part of our humanity, or part of our true nature that desires to hide the truth from him, or obey the enemy called Satan with his temptation.
There is a point God spoke to David about his sin through the prophet Naham when he had Bathsheba husband killed. David repented, he did not try to cover his sin or his actions. God confronted him through the prophet, and it caused repentance. Samuel confronted Saul about his action of sacrificing to God without the authority to perform the sacrifice. Saul would repent, but he desire fame more then paying honor to God. The cost of lipservice to God in regards to repentances was King Saul lost the Holy Spirit being apart of his life, instead an evil spirit would rule his heart. The option of obedience to God the consequence of the sin. Why did God slay Ananais and Sapphire? Prehaps to make a point of one his Holiness and two that the lies of Satan would be destroyed and punished by God alone.
There is another point we need to understand God desires our honesty and not our lies. We do not know if Ananais and Sapphira had been honest about the money if they could of kept a portion of it. We do not know what would of happened if they had told the truth. What we know the lie cost them their life. This was not a lie to man, but a lie to God.
The division between God and man being from the cross til even now. The division of Christ had walked in humanity and obey God even upon the cross by obeying the law of man for his actions. Why I am I so convince about the insurrection in the temple being part of the issue with Christ going to the cross. Not just the story and account in Mark. It the fact that Adam and Eve broke God's law in garden and was cast out. The law of God being the issue for Adam and Eve. Yet when Jesus born as man, lived as man, died as man, had to endure the cross by the law of man and will of God. Yet Jesus lived by the law of God. If Ananias and Sapphire had lied by man's law nothing would of been said unless discovered and confronted perhaps, but this lie was to God.
Sin to God has no place in his church or in heaven. It is a miracle that our humanity in the church does not get the church killed. The things we do to each other in the church that upsets the flow of worship to God, that causes bickering, gossip and so forth, has nothing to do with God beyond the worship of God and it only seems to be a hinderance if it effects our hearts to the point we can not worship God or enter his presence. Yet what is the second command God gives man but to love our neighbor has ourselves. We all seem to do that just fine, for we judge ourselves much like we do others, our self centerness effects how we judge others and it also defines what most in our heart. Then we say the first command to love God first and for most. We get the worship right when it from our heart, but we fail when we fail to show love to our neighbor has Christ loved us.
Like I said it is a miracle that the universal church is able to walk in the presence of God. Yet in our humanity God still loves us. In our humanity as Christ is nailed to the cross, he looks at the crowd and says Father forgive them for they know not what they do. I believe we enter the church or any place we choose to worship God and Christ and the Holy Spirit is allowed, and Christ says Father they do not know what they do, but at the same time, we are corrected by His Word and by His Spirit, to allow us to know we can not get by with sin. Sin will take us far from God. We might be covered by the blood, but the Spirit knows our hearts and minds. He needs not to see our sin to know these things about us.
We are saved by grace, and protected by the blood of Jesus, but we also blinded by our sin and things that do not please God because we try and cover them up, not knowing God is still able to know all about it. God requires us to cast our sin aside. God chasten those he loves. He chastens his children. Did he not correct David and did David not repent. God did correct King Saul through the Prophet Samuel, but King Saul refused to obey God. God's people that refuse to hear and obey God stand on dangerous ground, for to be turned over the enemy is not to have the protection of God on our life anymore, despite the marking of God in our life. There is Spiritual mark from God and mark or anointing caused by his will for our life. We choose who we serve whether it be God the Holy Spirit or Satan.
Who is the author and finisher of the believers life but Jesus. There is no other name which man can be saved. As the church encompasses the believer as witness of our salvation, let us not be blind to not keep our eyes on Jesus, and to lay aside the very weight of sin that does entrap, ensnare us,and run the race of faith, striving to please God and who He is by his rule and law of love. Christ ran his race, and went to the cross and when he arose he sat down at the right hand of the Father, in full obedience to God. Christ proving it far greater to obey God and to know God's rules before we sin. For Ananais and Sapphire found out they could not lie to God as they enter the temple and laid at the feet of Apostle the money they claimed had been paid for a piece of land.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to purpose in our heart to obey you and not to lie about things we do for whatever reason. That our giving be from the heart and it be truth and not the lie of Satan. That we remember our heart and soul is already naked before you, so it better for us to be honest with you, In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Hebrews 12:1-6 KJV
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.