The Bible clearly teaches the sovereignty of God, the theme of this quarter’s lessons. Believing in that sovereignty is not difficult when life is going well. What often leaves us perplexed (and sometimes annoyed or even angry) are the turmoil’s and tragedies of daily life. These can cause us to wonder, “Is God really sovereign? If so, then why so nations wage genocide? Why do people flaunt wickedness with impunity? Why do families continue to disintegrate?
During Peter’s ministry he baptized thousands of new believers of Jesus Christ. Everyone was very united by displaying oneness of mind, heart and soul. Through being united as a body of believers, all sold their possessions and property placing the proceeds at the feet of the apostles. These proceeds were to be distributed to those who were less fortunate according to their needs.
Ananias and his wife Sapphira agreed to do the same, but they allowed the temper Satan to come in. Instead of giving what they agreed to, they decided to keep some of the proceeds from what they sold. In doing this, Ananias and Sapphira did not lie about their giving to Peter, but the lied to the Holy Spirit and God killed them both in that moment.