Acts 5

Acts 5 begins with the story when “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”.  They did a good thing, selling their property to give money to the fellowship of believers.  But unfortunately they lied about what they had done.  Peter confronts him, and “When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last”.  A few hours later, Peter confronts Sapphira his wife.  “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”.  God will not be mocked.

The Apostles are growing the church day by day.  “And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them”.  God blessed their ministry and it was creating quite a stir.  “The high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison”.  The religious leaders saw their system falling apart, so they throw them in jail to try and shut them up.

But God is with them.  “During the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life”.  Prison doors were locked, but God brings them out and sets them free.  The religious leaders send for them to be brought from the prison and find they have escaped.  But the Apostles hadn’t run, they had merely gone back to teaching, so they are brought again before the leaders and told to stay quiet. To which they respond “We must obey God rather than men”.  The Apostles have no intent of being quiet.  They are going to obey God.

They decide to try and silence them again by dragging them before the leaders, but one of the Pharisees named Gamaliel, intervenes in their plan to kill them and says “keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God”!  They listened and decide to let the Apostles go.  But not silenced.  “They left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ”.  The church continues to grow as they faithfully shared the good news of Jesus.

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