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Powered by 4 - May 16, 2011

 

Monday, May 16

The Best Policy

today's reading.
Acts 5:1-16    But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property...

think about it.
What was Ananias judged for (5:1-5)? What was Sapphira judged for (5:7-10)? What impact did this have on the church and why? What impact did the signs and wonders have (5:12-16)? God doesn't always work this way; why do you think it was important for that time and place?

the blog.
The people in the early church in Acts supported each other in a number of ways, and specifically, financially. Acts 4:32 tells us "those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common." It's in this context, then, that we arrive at the account of church members Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11. 

This husband and wife contrive together to lie about the amount of money they received from selling some property so that they could keep part of it for themselves. Not a wise decision. Peter confronts first Ananias and then Sapphira about their sinful behavior in lying to God and then their lives are taken from them. 

What did you learn today about how important honesty is to God and why He didn't tolerate the deceit here? We all know that honesty is the best policy, so how do we do a better job of putting it into practice? Tami W.

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