- Acts 5:1-6
- Acts 5:1 (KJB)
- But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a
- If you notice this verse starts with a conjunction meaning there is a
comparison between these two and Barnabas in the previous verse. Apparently
Ananias and Sapphira were people who liked to get attention and since they
saw the attention that Barnabas received they apparently conspired with each
other to sell a possession of land, withhold the major part of the money,
and state that they gave all thinking the scheme would never be found out.
- Acts 5:2 (KJB)
- And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to
it, and brought a certain part, and laid it, at the apostles'
- Then when they had received the payment for the possession that they
sold, they kept back part of the price and they did this with both of them
agreeing to it. Deception is always easier when you have someone elseís
approval. It somehow makes it easier to be a deceiver when there is a
partnership. They, like everybody else, had brought the money to the
Apostles and in a symbol of subjection, they laid the money at the feet of
- Acts 5:3 (KJB)
- But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the
Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
- Here Peter knew that they were lying about what they had done. There was
no coercion to ever sell anything nor to bring any money to the Apostles at
that time. This was a strictly voluntary event. It is obvious that they
wanted notoriety among the people and they wanted to be noticed by the
Apostles but their little conspiracy backfired because it was instantly
revealed to Peter what they were doing. Peter probably received this
understanding by revelation from the Holy Spirit and he knew they withheld
part of the price of the sale. Since the giving of money here was a
voluntary event and all those who were giving were doing it out of the joy
of salvation and in response to the needs of other Christians, Peter asked
them why have they allowed Satan to fill their hearts with deceit and to try
and deceive everyone? This should be a warning to all believers and
unbelievers that nothing is hidden from the Holy Spirit.
(Heb 4:13 KJV) Neither is there any creature
that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and
opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Ananias and Sapphira were probably not true believers
since this passage tells us that Satan had filled their heart which means
they were under Satanís sway.
- Acts 5:4 (KJB)
- Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it
not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart?
thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
- Peter now reminds them that while they had possession of the land, it
was theirs to do with as they wish as property owners. Then Peter continues
in reminding them that even after it was sold, the money was still theirs.
They could have both sat down and decided how much they wanted to give. They
did not want to give in private, so instead they wanted to give and make
sure that everyone knew that they were giving. They wanted to be the center
of attention and they knew it. Peter continues asking them and maybe trying
to elicit an answer from them about this scheme they were attempting. Peter
then tells them that they were not lying to men, but their lies were lies
unto God. The church was in its infancy now and already Satan had tried to
undo what was going on.
- Acts 5:5 (KJB)
- And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and
great fear came on all them that heard these things.
- As soon as Ananias had heard the words of Peter, he was judged by God
and died. Those who had heard and seen what had happened were in great fear.
Judgment by God was imminent because God was showing us that the young
church was being protected by Him plus it showed all of us what God thinks
about greed, lying, self-aggrandizement in the church. This should also be a
warning to those in the church who think that they are better than others.
Having an advanced education or wealth does not mean you are a more valuable
church member than someone who does not possess these things. It is also a
warning to the church leaders that they are not to arrogantly think of
themselves as better than others in the congregation.
(Rom 12:3 KJV) For I say, through the grace
given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself
more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as
God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
- Acts 5:6 (KJB)
- And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and
- This verse shows us how fast the sinful mindset is removed from the
church. The young men were probably those who assisted in the young church.
Notice how fast this situation was attended to. It was not only a swift
judgment but it was decisive because no longer could Ananias ever deceive
anyone again. This was not a judgment done in secret but before the eyes of
those who were in attendance. They now saw that there was serious
consequences for anyone who tried to be a deceiver and bring sin into the
church. They then enshrouded him in a burial cloth, carried him out, and
buried him instantly. There was no funeral nor any type of mourning which
was customary among the Jews. His sin was not to be mourned for.