February 19, Reading 3 – Acts 4:32-5:11

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SAA Notes

This account of Ananias and Sapphira comes at the same place in the history of the early Church as the account of Achan in the entry of Israel into the Promised Land. What lessons can you learn from this incident?

SJA Notes

It’s interesting that Ananias and Sapphira seem to have acted after news of another disciples selfless act was made known (at least the writer alludes to this connection, as one story follows the other directly).

When we see brothers and sisters serving the Lord with humility and generosity of spirit – What is our response?

Are we encouraged? Is there any part of us that holds back, that makes us a scrooge of spiritual service, that mars and blackens our offerings (Romans 12:1-2)?

We are to be encouraged and exhorted/challenged by what happens in this passage.

What is the reality of our service?

Is it true religion that wraps and drives our hearts?

Are our decisions made to pursue the Lord Jesus, to see Him – Or are they filtered by our own human wants and desires?

* Great Lord,

Save us we pray. Save us to good works, to glorify Your Name.

May our very lives be living sacrifices, lifted up to You in holy and reverent fear.

Mark us as faithful servants, Your people Lord.

Let us be as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – Who waited upon You, even in their brokenness.

But more, let us be as Christ was – He is our pattern and perfect King, that we strive to be as.

Amen.

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