Acts 5 bible commentary matthew henry concise christianity. There is euphoria and utopia in the scene described. In this reference to the event here in acts 5, i want to take us in these four directions of application. No amount of commentary will ever take the edge off this passageand that may be the point. If god is so forgiving, why did he kill ananias and sapphira. Posted by pastor greg allen on january 6, 2019 under 2018 bethany bible church new years message. Specifically, a man named ananias and his wife, sapphira, sell a piece of land and promise to give all the proceeds to the apostles. It actually begins at the end of chapter 4 with the description of the early church in jerusalem, a group of believers so filled with the holy spirit that they were of one heart and one mind. Discipleship ministries book of acts sermon starters week 9. Probably he was not yet baptized, but intended now to offer himself for baptism.
Living out their unity with the believers, ananias and his wife sapphira sold real estate. Acts 5 but a man named ananias, with his wife sapphira. Just as the apostolic community is of one mind and heart, so too this couple was of one mind in heart. Acts chapter 5 coffmans commentary of the new testament. In chapter 5, luke reveals that not everyone in the jerusalem church is united in heart and soul. Ananias and sapphira in acts chapter 5 were killed by god because they specifically lied to the apostles and therefore to the holy spirit acts 5. We know that ananias acted with the full support of his wife.
Acts 5 commentary james burton coffman commentaries on. Instead, they keep some of the money for themselves without telling anyone. This commentary on acts 5 treats the sin of ananias and sapphira, as well as the second attempt of the sanhedrin to stop the church. The two, a married couple, sell a piece of property and publicly give the proceeds to the community. Oct 27, 2008 peter makes it clear that ananias sin is against the holy spirit his lie is not told to the apostles or the apostolic community, but to the holy spirit. This chapter recounts the tragic fall of ananias and sapphira acts 5. Ananias and sapphira bible story summary and commentary. Jan 02, 2020 about three hours later, sapphira arrived.
The last chapter concludes with a description of the unity of heart and soul which prevailed among the brethren, and expressly notices. Bible commentary produced by tow project the deaths of ananias and sapphira acts 5. The holy spirit is everywherepresent within his churchand we must always behave with full integrity before him in it. In both narratives an act of deceit interrupts the victorious. It strikes many readers as harsh, a return to old testament retribution. Why no opportunity of for repentance and restoration. Ananias and sapphira bible story summary in the early christian church in jerusalem, the believers were so close they sold their excess land or possessions and donated the money so no one would go hungry. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles feet. First of all, we need to understand that our text is not an interruption in the flow of the book. Peter exposed sapphiras role in the conspiracy and told her she had tested the spirit of the lord. But a certain man named ananias, with kjv nkjv nlt niv esv csb nasb. With his wifes full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brou.
Ananias and sapphira now a man named ananias, together with his wife sapphira, also sold a piece of property. Pride and desire for acclaim motivated the couple to give a gift but without the honesty or sacrifice exhibited by barnabas and others. David guzik commentary on acts 5 describes how ananias and sapphira hold. Hypocrites may deny themselves, may forego their worldly advantage in one instance, with a prospect of finding their account in something else. Peter detects the deception and confronts the two separately. Acts 5 commentary commentary critical and explanatory on.
We can perceive a mixed bag of ananias and sapphiras sins involved in this tragedy. Acts 5 commentary james burton coffman commentaries on the. However, they secretly hold back a portion of the money for themselves. I believe that their deaths serve as a warning to the church today, and that god has a lot to teach usif we are willing to hear. Sapphira died instantly, and the same men who buried ananias buried her next to him acts 5. Ananias and sapphira s deceit and greed stand in contrast to the sincerity and generosity of the community of faith 4. The story of ananias and sapphira in the bible takes place in acts 5.
The sin of ananias and sapphira was, that they were ambitious of being thought eminent disciples, when they were not true disciples. Jul 10, 2017 commentary on acts 45 ananias and sapphira july 10, 2017 bill pratt leave a comment the verses of acts 4. Acts 5 new international version niv ananias and sapphira. Acts 5 new american standard bible nasb fate of ananias and sapphira. Probably among the new christians a kind of holy rivalry had sprung up, every one eager to place his means at the disposal of the apostles olshausen. May 25, 2016 here is a bible study, commentary, and summary of acts chapter five. The sin and punishment of ananias and sapphira, who, for lying to the holy ghost, were struck dead at the word of peter. In the third chapter, the healing of the lame man, followed by peters sermon.
Ananias and sapphira bible story summary in the early christian church in jerusalem, the believers were so close they sold their excess land or possessions and donated the. The real torahbased reason why god killed ananias and. The deceit of ananias and sapphira sermon by john lowe, acts. The story of ananias and sapphira is found in acts 5, and it is a sad story, indeed. Acts 5 niv bible now a man named ananias, together with. His wife sapphira also lies, and is likewise judged 5. When you read and study the book of acts these accounts we have of christians. In noticing the comparison between the incident of ananias and sapphira and achan in the book of joshua, it is interesting also to look at the contrasts. He brought the rest and laid it at the apostles feet.
This links our text with what has just been said at the previous chapter. But a certain man named ananias a professor of the gospel, but certainly not a true believer, for all that truly believed were of one heart and of one soul, acts 4. The story of ananias is to the book of acts what the story of achan is to the book of joshua. Next peter told her she would experience the same deadly fate as ananias. The account records their sudden deaths after lying to the holy spirit about money their story is rarely shown in art, but is the subject of one of the raphael cartoons, and a panel on the brescia casket. May 05, 2019 the story of ananias and sapphira in acts 5 is difficult. The first trace of a shade upon the bright form of the young church. The story of ananias and sapphira in acts 5 lets us know that despite the explosion of growth in the early church, they had moments of weakness, even gross sin. This verb is used three times to describe three deaths each one because of their sin against god.
What they did was sell their land for a certain price and then kept some of the money. True christians do not lose their salvation by sinning. Ananias and sapphira, persecution of the apostles acts 5. The story of ananias is to the book of acts what the story of achan is to the. Here is a bible study, commentary, and summary of acts chapter five. Ok, i was a sluggard and did not get this post done. But a certain man named ananias, with sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 5. The account records their sudden deaths after lying to the holy spirit about money. It is good to see husband and wife joining together in that which is good, but to be confederate in evil is to be like adam. The audio for this weeks evening service will be available at, as is a pdf file of the notes for the service. But a certain man named ananias, with sapphira his wife, sold a possession, cir. Acts 5 commentary the death of ananias and sapphira. For those who hold to a warped theology that says god was only a god of judgment and wrath in the old testament but changed in the new testament, i think the account of the death of ananias and sapphira as told in the book of acts is a sobering story to take a good look at.
Bruce writes in the joshua commentary in the nicnt series. Acts 5 indepth versebyverse bible study and commentary of acts chapter 5 in plain english. The story of ananias is to the book of acts what the story of achan is to the book. Acts 5,acts 6 niv ananias and sapphira bible gateway. So knit together were the hearts of the people that they held all their possessions loosely and willingly shared them with one another, not because they were coerced but because they loved one another. Click chart to enlarge chart from jensens survey of the nt used by permission. Ghost with a lie, at peters rebuke fall down dead, acts 5. They presented a falsehood as a truth, and it cost them their lives. Acts 5 there were some very generous people in the church of christ in jerusalem people who made great sacrifices so that the many poor people in their number were not in need. The deaths of ananias and sapphira do not seem to fit with the narrative. The major sin of ananias and sapphira was dishonesty, deceit, hypocrisy, pretense, presenting a false image of themselves, implying a greater spirituality than they actually possessed, letting people think more highly of them than what they knew was warranted. But a man named ananias, together with his wife sapphira, also sold a piece of property. Posted in bible studies, book of acts tagged acts 5, acts 5 commentary, ananias and sapphira, gamilel, lying to the holy spirit, persecution of the disciples by jesusmessage leave a comment. Account of ananias and sapphira the narrative with which this chapter commences is one which none but a veracious narrator would have inserted where it stands.
Ananias and sapphira thought they could decieve god. The deceit of ananias and sapphira sermon by john lowe. The sin of ananias was not that he kept back a portion of the sale of his property for himself but that he lied about it in an attempt to make himself appear more generous to people acts 5. At the point of the incident with ananias and sapphira acts 5, peter is at a lessmature stage than he is led to in acts 10 and certainly at a lessmature stage than the writer of 1 john. Aug 06, 2012 first of all, we need to understand that our text is not an interruption in the flow of the book.
Acts 5 nasb fate of ananias and sapphira but a bible. Study guide for acts 5 by david guzik blue letter bible. Based on the account given by luke it is clear, ananias and sapphira were in agreement. Jun 25, 2019 the story of ananias and sapphira in the bible takes place in acts 5. We can perceive a mixed bag of ananias and sapphira s sins involved in this tragedy. Hypocrites may deny themselves, may forego their worldly advantage in one instance. Not knowing what had happened, she, too, lied about the offering and was also struck dead acts 5. Acts 5 commentary matthew henry commentary on the whole. The real torahbased reason why god killed ananias and sapphira in the book of acts by richoka leave a comment for those who hold to a warped theology that says god was only a god of judgment and wrath in the old testament but changed in the new testament, i think the account of the death of ananias and sapphira as told in the book of. The punishment of ananias and sapphira, though extreme, was for this life only.244 1441 1160 1602 854 1366 881 1152 1073 1444 1201 568 1098 1579 156 1064 1113 998 943 97 1365 290 721 1072 1269 409 848 653 1310 462 1049 689 1036 1194 928 1193 771 111 875 339 1416 390 1157 1341 1230 1263 1482 576