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Monday, August 15, 2011

8/16/11 Lying to God

Ninth Commandment: Do Not Steal. (Dt. 5:19)

1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With 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.
3 Then 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? 4 Didn’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 just to human beings but to God.”
5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”
“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
10 At 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. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events. (Acts 5:1-10)

(The Death of Ananias by Raphael 1515)

Thoughts: We can deceive ourselves, and even lie so much to others that we begin to believe the lie.  But this story is about two people who tried to deceive God.  Annanias and Saphira thought they could fool the church- and they could have in part.  But they could not fool the One who sees all and knows all hearts.  This is a warning to give with sincerity, and not to do things just for show.  In the end, we must come clean and be honest before the Lord.

Prayer:  Let me seek truth and pursue it, Lord. 

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