My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Acts 5

I say kill 'em all and let God deicide. I mean decide.

So this couple sold their house, but deliberately only gave some to the Church. Peter confronted the man, and when he heard he had tried to lie to God, he died. When the wife turned up, she lied and said that it was the full amount of money. She too died.

The Apostles healed lots of people, and lots of people wanted just to come close to get healed.

The Jewish authorities locked the Apostles up, but an angel let them out, and they preached in broad daylight. When the authorities found out, they told them to stop blaming them for Jesus' death and to stop teaching. But the Apostles had to do what God wanted, not what people wanted. They were going to kill them, but one convinced the other not to, because if their teaching wasn't from God, they'd die out anyway, like all other pretenders.

So they just got a beating instead.

Key verse:
31.God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.

My thoughts:
Poor Ananias and Sapphira. I think any modern reader feels that they got quite a harsh punishment. First be clear that the problem wasn't that they didn't give all their money, but that they pretended to give all their money and lied about it. But still it seems harsh.

God gives and God takes away. As Christians we say that billions of people are destined for an eternity without God. Sometimes God seems to jump to the chase. As long as we don't try to pre-empt God and start killing people.


Anonymous Deane said...

Somebody ripped out Genesis from my bible, and burnt it. It's Genocide.

6:57 pm

Blogger Pete W said...


3:56 pm


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