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But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet.
(Acts 5:1,2) ESV

But Peter 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 men but to God.”
(Acts 5:3,4) ESV

When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it.
(Acts 5:5) ESV 

But 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.”
(Acts 5:9) ESV 

Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.
(Acts 5:10,11) ESV1

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Ananias & Sapphira and the Bible

The Ananias and Sapphira story took place when the church was new and growing. “All the believers were one in heart and mind.” They loved one another and shared everything so that no one would be in need. The tale of Ananias and Sapphira follows a story of the generosity of Barnabas, who sold a field and brought all the money to the apostles to distribute among the needy. Acts 5:1-11

Ananias and Sapphira also sold a piece of property. The Bible says that, with his wife’s full knowledge, Ananias kept back part of the money but brought the rest to the apostles, pretending to give it all. However, the apostles were not deceived. Peter confronted Ananias, accusing him of being under the influence of Satan. Realizing that his deceit had been discovered, Ananias fell down dead and was carried out to be buried.

Three hours later, Sapphira came in, unaware of her husband’s death. Peter asked her about the transaction and she confirmed the misinformation that Ananias had given. Outraged, Peter accused her of testing the Holy Spirit. The men who had buried her husband returned just in time to carry out Sapphira’s body to be buried her beside him.

I have been tempted to feel sorry for Sapphira, who perhaps, only stood by her man. But, I think that Ananias and Sapphira must have conspired together to deceive the disciples and the family of believers. They must have coveted the prestige of giving such a gift to the church but not the sacrifice. Giving to the church was always a free-will offering. They might have truthfully said that they sold their land and wanted to give a portion of the money or they could have kept it all for themselves. But when they lied, they lied to the Holy Spirit – to God Himself - and they paid the penalty of death. Sapphira and Ananias put their own greed first - their greed for money and their greed for notoriety. They tried to deceive God and His people.

The church was young then and the deaths of Sapphira and Ananias served as an example of how seriously God regarded dishonesty in His church. Aren’t we lucky that God doesn’t strike down every person who lies to Him today. Our churches might be very small. But there is a kind of death that comes as a result of deceit. It is the death of the bond of fellowship between believers and the death of the intimate relationship we should have with our Lord.2


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Bible Dictionary


A Jew of Jerusalem, the husband of Sapphira, who attempted to join the Christians, and pretended to give them the entire price of his lands, but died instantly on being convicted of falsehood by Peter, Acts 5:1-10.


Beautiful, the wife of Ananias. She was a partner in his guilt and also in his punishment (Acts 5:1-11).3     




References and notes
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2.  Sapphira and Ananias of the Bible -
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