11. They must preach to the lowest, whose souls are as precious to Christ as the souls of the greatest. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. Acts 5 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. 5. . John Piper Dec 8, 2019 3.1K Shares Message. gave up the ghost . 7-11. 12. It does not appear whether Peter designed or expected this event to follow upon what he said, though it seems probable, from the sentence he denounced on Sapphira, (Acts 5:9,) that he did. . The hypocrisy of Ananias and his wife Sapphira, and their awful death, Acts 5:1-11. and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power?--from which we see how purely voluntary were all these sacrifices for the support of the infant community. 2. kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it--The coolness with which they planned the deception aggravated the guilt of this couple. "But" introduces another sacrificial act that looked just as generous as Barnabas" ( Acts 4:37 ). If we suffer ill for doing well, provided we suffer it well, and as we should, we ought to rejoice in that grace which enabled us so to do. And the high priest asked them, saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? 1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. . 34. (1-11) The power which accompanied the preaching of the gospel. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. 31. 12. All Rights Reserved. 5. 38. if . rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name--"thought worthy by God to be dishonored by man" ( Matthew 5:12 , 1 Peter 4:14 1 Peter 4:16 ) [WEBSTER and WILKINSON]. We cannot expect to be redeemed and healed by Christ, unless we give up ourselves to be ruled by him. And Ananias, hearing these words — While the sound of them was yet in his ears; fell down and gave up the ghost — Εξεψυξε, expired. The words used in the two places are strikingly different. 42. in every house--in private. How is it that ye have agreed together--(See on Ac 5:2 ). The apostles imprisoned, but set free by an angel. Jan 19, 2020. The words of the gospel are the words of life; words whereby we may be saved. However in this case the motive was quite different. 13-16. of the rest durst no man join himself, &c.--Of the unconverted none ventured, after what had taken place, to profess discipleship; but yet their number continually increased. They rejoiced in it. In every thriving Christian community such volunteers may be expected, and will be found eminently useful. But if we think to put a cheat upon God, we shall put a fatal cheat upon our own souls. 27, 28. ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine--noble testimony to the success of their preaching, and (for the reason mentioned on Acts 4:4 ) to the truth of their testimony, from reluctant lips! . Common sense tells us to be cautious, while experience and observation show that the success of frauds in matters of religion has been very short. Ananias" Jewish name, Hananiah, means "Yahweh is gracious," … Salem Media Group. The two, a married couple, sell a piece of property and publicly give the proceeds to the community. and the Holy Ghost--They as competent human witnesses to facts, and the Holy Ghost as attesting them by undeniable miracles. III. Thus might the new-born zeal of some outrun their abiding principle, while others might be tempted to seek credit for a liberality which was not in their character. This was their first taste of persecution, and it felt sweet for His sake whose disciples they were. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. And this punishment was in reality mercy to vast numbers. feet of them that buried thy husband are at the door--How awfully graphic! There is no prison so dark, so strong, but God can visit his people in it, and, if he pleases, fetch them out. They thought they might serve both God and mammon. of 5:1-11 The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was, that they were ambitious of being thought eminent disciples, when they were not true disciples. Hypocrites may deny themselves, may forego their worldly advantage in one instance, with a prospect of finding their account in something else. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (2) And kept back part of the price. 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