May 12/Acts 5

How seriously should a person take God? How seriously should a person take sin? People who don’t take God seriously don’t take sin seriously and thy find out that the consequences are quite serious. I wonder if Ananias and Sapphira had those words, ’till death do us part’ in their wedding vows? Just wondering:)

Verses 1-2 > You can’t fool God, never ever! Do you worship God just to look good to other people? Or do you sincerely love Him? He knows. It is for your own good to know that he knows all things that way you will be careful how you behave, won’t you? I guess you will only know if you take God seriously.

Hebrews 4:13 (NLT) — 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

Verse 3 > Do you see how crafty Satan is. (If you haven’t listened to my sermon last Sunday, May 8, on “Be ready for the thief” you must listen. It exposes Satan’s ways.) He tricked Ananias into lying to Peter. He probably said that no on would no or find out. Besides it was just a little white lie. I mean what could it hurt, right? Ananias didn’t just lie to Peter, he didn’t just lie to the church, no he lied to God. All sin is against God. We need to develop a close relationship with God so that we will be aware of our behavior. Joseph had a closeness to God. Here is what he said when Potiphar’s wife wanted sex.

Genesis 39:8–9 (NLT) — 8 But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. 9 No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

Joseph didn’t mention sinning against Potiphar or his wife his main concern was God. Oh to develop a heart like Joseph where the holiness of God would be our main concern. Help us with this Holy Spirit.

Numbers 32:23 (NLT) — 23 But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the Lord, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.

Verse 4 > Here we see the gift of the ‘word of knowledge’ in action. The Holy Spirit told Peter something he couldn’t know on his own. Again you can’t fool God!

1 Corinthians 12:8 (NASB95) — 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;

Also Peter clarifies for us that the Holy Spirit is God. In verse 3 he said you lied to the Holy Spirit and in this verse he says you lied to God.

Verses 5-6 > Here was an instance where God judged the sin right away. He doesn’t always do that. If he did I would be writing this blog and my guess is no one would be here to confirm that I wasn’t writing this blog! I don’t know but I think Ananias and Sapphira we Christians. Peter knew them and they were sincerely bringing money to the church. I believe God ended their lives and took them home. This was a lesson to the baby believers; don’t mess with sin. I think he got his point across.

I remember when we lived in Brookings, South Dakota back in 1984. I think Jeremy was in 3rd grade. His cousin Nathan had come to spend the summer with us. Nathan was a few months younger than Jer. One day Jeremy did something that required a spanking. Nathan was there when I took Jeremy into our bedroom for the spanking. I gave Jeremy the spanking and he cried really hard and loud. I had explained to him why he was receiving the spanking and I held him and hugged him afterwards. Nathan didn’t see the hugs he only heard the crying. When we came out of the bedroom Nathan looked a little terrified like he might be next. I never had a problem with Nathan that whole summer. I wonder why? Hmm…

I believe that is what God was doing with Ananias and Sapphira.

Verse 7 > News must not have traveled as fast back then as it does now. I mean you would have thought someone would have made a beeline to tell Sapphira that her husband was dead. Just at Satan is good at blinding people’s minds to the truth God can make sure that people can keep a secret until he has finished his work.

Verses 8-9 > It is amazing how calloused we can become to sin. We can get irritated when someone ignores us or puts us down and yet we can gossip and not feel a thing. Let someone not show us respect and we can go off on them but yet we can avoid helping a needy neighbor and think nothing of it. Let someone take advantage of us and we can lay awake all night thinking about it and yet we can be harsh and disrespectful to  our wives or husbands and sleep the whole night through. All of the above quenches the Holy Spirit but we at times do not seem too concerned.

Psalm 51:9–12 (NLT) — 9 Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.

Verse 10 > The wages of sin is ___________. Romans 6:23

Verse 11 > Ananias and Sapphira did not fear the Lord. They did not take God seriously. They did not put His will above their will.  A person is as good as dead who doesn’t fear the Lord.

Job 28:28 (NLT) — 28 And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’ ”

Psalm 34:11 (NLT) — 11 Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord.

Psalm 111:10 (NLT) — 10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

Proverbs 1:7 (NLT) — 7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 9:10 (NLT) — 10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.

Proverbs 10:27 (NLT) — 27 Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.

Proverbs 14:27 (NLT) — 27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.

Proverbs 16:6 (NLT) — 6 Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.

Proverbs 19:23 (NLT) — 23 Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.

Even Jesus lived in the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:2 (NLT) — 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Verse 42 > Jesus is the Messiah!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Gamaliel got it right when he said man’s plans will fade but God’s plans will remain. The religious order wanted status quo with the befits that gave them. Our challenge is to move ahead in God’s plan.