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Acts 5:1-11 Hidden In The Heart

He knows our heart’s condition

We come to the second half of Luke’s example of generosity in the early church. This half doesn’t end well like the previous example did. The reason is the heart of the giver not the gift itself.

Meet Ananias and Sapphira. They are land owners just like Joseph in our previous example. And like Joseph they sell their property and give the “proceeds” to the apostles for the use of the body. But unlike Joseph, they are deceitful in their giving.

Let’s start at the beginning. They were not required to sell their property and give the proceeds to the apostles. It was something that had become common among the believers but God had not commanded it. We aren’t told if the Spirit prompted them to do this or if they decided to do it because everyone else was. But we can see from their actions that they didn’t really want to give up their lifestyle completely. They had one foot in the church and the other in the world. Read more »