Ananias and Sapphira promised to sell a land and give the full amount of the sale price as offering to God. However, after selling the land, Ananias decided to keep back half of the money. He did informed his wife about it.
When Ananias came to the altar with the offering, the apostle Peter rebuked him for keeping back half of the money as he promised to give full amount of the sale price to God. The Holy Spirit revealed to Peter that Ananias dishonestly kept back half of the offering from the sale of the land.
As soon as Peter said this, Ananias dropped down on the ground and died. Some young men came forward to carry him out. Fear filled everyone who was seized in fear. After 3 hours, Ananias’ wife, Sapphira, came in, without knowing that anything.
The apostle, Peter, asked her if the land was sold for half amount of price Ananias made as offering and she replied yes. At this, Peter rebuked her for conspiring to test the Holy Spirit and she dropped down dead. The same young men who buried Ananias came in at just about the time and carried her out to bury.
What Can We Learn from Ananias and Sapphira?
Ananias did not keep his promise to give God the full amount of offering from selling the land. He presented the half amount of the price from the sale of the land at the feet of the apostle Peter, thinking God don’t know.
But God knows everything. He knows our thoughts, feelings, whereabouts, and things we done in secret. Ananias and Sapphira may think that they can lie to Peter but they can never hide anything from God. We cannot hide anything from God.
Peter knew Ananias was lying because he has the gift of the word of knowledge from the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 12:8 KJV, for to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit.
Ananias did not brought up only half of the money because he forgot the full amount or other reasons. He did it purposely, as he had already discussed with his wife in beforehand. The death sentence on Ananias and Sapphira served as a lesson for the future generation of Christians.
When you make a promise to God, you must keep it as God is serious about it. If you fail to keep your promise, you should tell God about it and ask him to forgive you.
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.(1 John 3:20 KJV)
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5 KJV)
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:24 KJV)
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. (Isaiah 40:28 KJV)
O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. (Psalm 139:1-6 KJV)
And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen. (Acts 1:24 KJV)
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV)
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. (Proverbs 19:9 KJV)
Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight. (Proverbs 12:22 KJV)
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. (Colossians 3:9-10 KJV)
He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. (Psalm 101:7 KJV)
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4 KJV)
For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. ()Luke 8:17 KJV
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25 KJV)
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. (Proverbs 24:28 KJV)
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44 KJV)
When comes to giving offering, we should be geneous and give the amount that we have decided in our heart. God does not look at the amount of money you offer but your sincerity in giving it.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV)