With his wife’s full knowledge, he kept back part of the money for himself but brought the rest and put it at the apostle’s feet.Acts 5:2
“Ananias and Sapphira.” The names are mentioned together, like “Bonnie and Clyde.” We remember both couples for their crimes and the manner of their deaths.
We don’t know why God struck Ananias and Sapphira dead for lying about how much money they received for the property they sold. What is clear is that both husband and wife were held accountable. Sapphira knew the details of the transaction, but she stayed home while Ananias presented their offering. Three hours later, she arrived at the assembly. Perhaps she expected a grateful welcome. Instead, she saw no sign of her husband. Before she could wonder why Peter asked her a question: “Is this the amount of money you received?”
Carefully coached, she confidently said, “Yes.” She died in the same manner as her husband.
Sapphira could have made several choices. She could have objected when Ananias sold the land. She could have asked him to give all the money to the church, instead of holding some back. Most importantly, she could have refused to lie about it. When Peter asked her directly, she could have told the truth. Instead, she committed the same sins as her husband. When we stand before Christ we will not be able to say, “I was just following orders.” The choice to stand in truth will always be our own.
In His grace,
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