Joses, one of the apostles, sold some land he owned and donated the money to the apostles. Ananias and his wife Sapphira witnessed Joses’s gift and the response of the others to his generosity.
They also owned land they could sell. So they sold it. But instead of giving the entire amount of the sale, they gave a portion, saying it was the whole.
Peter wasn’t fooled. He said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” (Acts 5:3-4)
Ananias immediately dropped dead, and everyone who heard of it grew scared. Young men came, wrapped up his body, and buried him.
About three hours later, Sapphira came in, not knowing what happened. Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” (v. 8)
When she confirmed it, Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”
Immediately, she died as well and was buried beside her husband.
It may be easy for us to fool other people, but God is never fooled. He will not abide by us lying to him and trying to deceive him.
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