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Ananias and Sapphira

Acts 4:32—5:11

The Believers Share

32 The whole group of believers was united in their thinking and in what they wanted. None of them said that the things they had were their own. Instead, they shared everything. 33 With great power the apostlesw were making it known to everyone that the Lord Jesus was raised from death. And God blessed all the believers very much. 34 None of them could say they needed anything. Everyone who owned fields or houses sold them. They brought the money they got 35 and gave it to the apostles. Then everyone was given whatever they needed.

    36 One of the believers was named Joseph. The apostles called him Barnabas. (This name means “one who encourages others.”) He was a Levitex born in Cyprus. 37 Joseph sold a field he owned. He brought the money and gave it to the apostles.

Ananias and Sapphira

1 There was a man named Ananias. His wife’s name was Sapphira. Ananias sold some land he had, 2 but he gave only part of the money to the apostles. He secretly kept some of the money for himself. His wife knew this, and she agreed with it.

3 Peter said, “Ananias, why did you let Satanb fill your mind with such an idea? You kept part of the money for yourself and lied about it to the Holy Spiritc4 Before you sold the field, it belonged to you, right? And even after you sold it, you could have used the money any way you wanted. How could you even think of doing such a thing? You lied to God, not to us!”

5-6 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. Some young men came and wrapped his body. They carried it out and buried it. And everyone who heard about this was filled with fear.

7 About three hours later his wife came in. Sapphira did not know about what had happened to her husband. 8 Peter said to her, “Tell me how much money you got for your field. Was it this much?”

Sapphira answered, “Yes, that was all we got for the field.”

9 Peter said to her, “Why did you and your husband agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! Do you hear those footsteps? The men who buried your husband are at the door. They will carry you out in the same way.” 10 At that moment Sapphira fell down by his feet and died. The young men came in and saw that she was dead. They carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 The whole group of believersd and all the other people who heard about this were filled with fear.

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    w 4:33 apostle A follower of Jesus chosen to represent him in a special way. During his earthly ministry, Jesus named twelve men as apostles. They had the specific responsibility and authority to represent him and proclaim his message throughout the world. Later, he appeared to Paul and gave him a similar commission, especially to non-Jewish people. Barnabas, Paul’s missionary companion, and James, the brother of Jesus, are also called apostles, as well as several others in the New Testament. Some of these occurrences of the word, however, have the more general sense of “messenger” or “representative.”
    x 4:36 Levite Any of the men from the tribe of Levi, who helped the Israelite priests in the Holy Tent (Tabernacle) and Temple. In later periods some Levites worked for the civil government.
    b 5:3 Satan A name for the devil meaning “the enemy,” or “the accuser.”
    c 5:3 Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. In union with God and Christ, he does God’s work among people in the world.
    d 5:11 group of believers Literally, “church.”
In the ninth commandment (Exodus 20:16), why did God command us not to lie?

“Your conscience will bother you. You think nobody knows, but God knows. So you shouldn’t lie.” Heather, 11

“When you tell the truth, you feel good about yourself. And when you lie, you don’t feel good.” Nicole, 9

“If we lie we’ll be following the devil.” Salar, 8

“God commanded us not to lie because if we all lie, it’s sinning against God. Even if it’s just a white lie, it’s still a lie to God.” Morgan, 10

“Lying can cause great confusion among everyone.” Meg, 11

To lie (to not tell the truth) goes directly against everything God is. When we don’t tell the truth, we are against God. We believe in God because he is truth, and we must live in the truth as Christians. The early Christians believed they should tell the truth.

Ananias and Sapphira died because they didn’t tell the truth. They lied to the Holy Spirit. You can sometimes fool people, but you can never fool the Holy Spirit. He knows everything.

Sometimes we don’t want to face “the truth” because we are running from God. We don’t want to get caught for the lies we tell. When we lie, we create bigger problems than the problems we were trying to get out of by lying. Truth frees us to live honestly before God and people. Lies create confusion and make us want to hide.

Do you know who told the first lie? Jesus said the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44). Everyone who lies is following the path of the devil. If you lied to someone, confess it to God and start telling the truth (1 John 1:9). If you hurt someone by telling a lie, ask that person for forgiveness. Even if people don’t forgive you, God always forgives his children and welcomes them to walk in his truth.

When you trust in Jesus as your savior, you are born again into God’s family. You can’t lose God’s forever life, but you can lose the joy, peace and blessing that comes from obeying God. Being a child of God should make you want to tell the truth and please God. When you tell a lie, you won’t have the peace, joy and blessing of God. You will probably feel bad until you tell God that you lied. Confess your sin of lying to the person to whom you lied. Don’t be afraid to tell the truth.

The Bible tells us, “So you must stop telling lies. “You must always speak the truth to each other,” because we all belong to each other in the same body” (Ephesians 4:25). God wants us to know the truth and speak the truth to each other.

Telling the truth should be even more important to Christians because our savior said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Our only hope for living with God depends upon a savior who told the truth and is the truth.

When you see a piece of wood, you know that it came from a tree. The main thing that makes a tree a tree is wood. Truth is so much a part of God that Jesus said, “I am the truth.” It’s impossible for God to lie. A tree wouldn’t be a tree without wood. And God wouldn’t be God without truth.

Think About This: God wants you to tell the truth because he’s always truthful with you. Jesus is the truth!

Memorize This Truth: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

Ask This Question: Will you allow Jesus to live through you by always telling and living the truth?

Will you allow Jesus to live through you by always telling and living the truth?
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Chapter 53: Bible coloring page of Ananias and Sapphira

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