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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 5:1-21 part 2


The text for today’s Bible study is Acts 5:1-21. Let’s continue from yesterday’s study… Ananias and Sapphira have fallen dead because they lied to the Holy Spirit in presenting a prideful offering. They were apparently more concerned with the applause of others than with doing God’s work.

Verse 11 contains the first use of the word ‘church’ to describe the followers of Jesus. The eleven with the women had been the original members. Now, the church roster was in the thousands due to the conversions of many, many people as God built His church using the faithfulness of the chosen to preach about Jesus.

The apostles were doing works of sign and wonder so that many people esteemed them highly. People brought out their sick friends and family just in the hopes that Peter would walk along the street and his shadow might fall upon the sick.

There was the potential for Peter and the others to become prideful. The potential but not the inevitability… Peter kept his mind upon the things of God and did not succumb to personal desire. Afterall, Peter had just witnessed what can happen when people get too self-interested in God’s presence. God is on the throne and He does not share His majesty with anyone.

To dwell here just a moment, it would have been tempting for the apostles to want to take a break and do a retreat to a tropical island and bask in their recent success. Notice there is no mention of such a thing occurring however. They were living for the work of God. There is nothing wrong with taking some time off now and again but the main point is God is to be served, not vice-versa.

Too many times in our lives, we see and hear about people living life to the max and calling it ‘the abundant life Jesus died to give’… and other such nonsense. The abundant life IS Jesus and spending eternity with Him, not living in a lakehouse and driving a Porsche now. So much of the current culture is enthralled in wealth and prestige. The apostles would not have understood the American point of view of having abundance of temporal life and eternal life. They all knew they were headed for an early death because  they had been warned by their Master. I do not understand the current emphasis upon wealth and prosperity. If you have it, great! Use it for God’s glory. Those who protect it by sacrificing God’s work are not viewing things from the eternal perspective.

The inevitable result of doing God’s work is resistance from the enemy. The apostles are captured and thrown into prison. That night, an angel opened up the doors and sent the apostles away to the temple and instructed them to stand in the temple and teach people all the words of life…

And so the story goes. God’s work is never stopped. We see things happen that we do not understand sometimes. Why does a plane carrying missionaries to the jungle in order to build an orphanage for endangered children crash and kill everyone on board? No answer can be given except that God found this acceptable in His sovereign plan. Life goes on and He continues to build His church.

If you are a pastor or teacher in a small church where you are struggling with keeping the doors open, do not lose heart. If you are preaching and/or teaching God’s word and serving the area where you live,  God sees and knows your faithfulness. He will do what He wants and He will accomplish what He desires.

The apostles did not get bogged down by their growing fame. They persisted in the task they had been given. If we get out of our comfort long enough to remember why we are here, maybe God will use us to shake up the apathy dominating the religious landscape of our day.

May God bless the Study of His word.

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