Do you remember when the priests, the elders and the Sadducees laid their hands on the apostles Peter and John for the miracle done to the lame man, and put them in jail and interrogated them the following day, and after that, the apostles returned to their own and had a building-shaking prayer meeting? (Acts 4)

Well, did you know that Ananias and Sapphira would have been at that prayer meeting too?

And what did they all pray about, in one accord?

That, amongst other things, signs and wonders would take place through the name of God’s holy servant Jesus.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit at that moment…. including Ananias and Sapphira.

Well, little did Ananias and Sapphira know that they were to become the next ‘sign and wonder’ themselves! Acts 5 records for us the sad details of what happened when both these people (husband and wife) had agreed to keep back for themselves part of the money that came in from the sale of what was originally their “piece of property”.

They each dropped down dead upon their lying confession, in front of the apostle Peter.

THE SIGN: Don’t do that!

THE WONDER: Why did they do that?!

They were selfish and covetous/greedy to money and had lied to the Holy Spirit and had allowed satan into the camp through their heart doors, just as satan had filled the heart of Judas to act as he did. They broke the bond the Holy Spirit had encouraged to be knitted together in perfect harmony amongst the brethren, for the sake of the gospel and the lost, and through their obvious love for money, would have allowed to be introduced, all kinds of evil that would have infected the camp, and so it had to be purged through their deaths, though they had opportunity to confess and repent.

Acts 5: 11 And great fear came over the whole church and over all who heard these things!

We would do well to take heed.

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