Acts 5:8 passerby. And also in the previous section it was noted they were of one body and soul, nobody called anything their own. I guess selling their property and holding back some was a failure to fully comitt to the oneness of the community. They wanted to appear to be giving their all, but retain some for themselves.I wonder if the lying to God not men could have something to do with our how we love God by loving our neighbour. We give to God by offering praise, thanksgiving and worship.We give to God through loving our neighbour. Giving them The word, but also looking after their physical needs.I'm reminded of that passage about the sheep's and the goats.. whatever you did to the least of these you did to me.
What is perplexing with the account on Ananias and Sapphira was the swift and fatal course they received, while it was generally perceived that the new testament is 'full of mercy and grace'.It creates a lot of anxiety to many believers, that such seemingly not so wicked offense will result to quick death, thinking that they have done more horrible sins than this.Was there something more sinister than what was apparent. Could it be that the couple have the heart of Judas that would sell the assembly for pieces of silver. A chronic and incurable greed that respects no one.
It is perplexingLying I guess was what the snake used to lure Eve. I think what was Ginny? said may be true. The hot spirit convicts us it is the truth teller.Yes maybe it was similar to Judas, greed did seem to be what gave Satan access to him.
What is perplexing with the account on Ananias and Sapphira was the swift and fatal course they received, while it was generally perceived that the new testament is 'full of mercy and grace'.
Rev 21:8 "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."