The general benevolent spirit among the Christians was marred by Ananias and Sapphira who lied about their contribution. Both fell down dead when Peter confronted them with their sin. That caused all who heard it to be afraid. Nevertheless, the church continued to grow. As a result, the apostles were arrested and put in prison. At night, an angel opened the doors and let them out. He told them to go to the temple and to openly speak the words of life to the people. The Jewish council brought them in and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus; whereupon, they all refused. The council plotted to kill them, but a wise teacher named Gamaliel cautioned it to leave the fate of the apostles in the hands of God.
- Ananias and Sapphira
- The apostles
- The Jewish Council
Lied about their gift
Rebuked them for their sin
Did many miracles and were arrested by the high priest and those with him
Interrogated the apostles
Advised caution in the Council
The Lord requires honesty and integrity from his followers.
We must obey God rather than men.
We must not cease to preach Jesus whatever the circumstances.