(1-11) Ananias and Sapphira
At the end of Acts 4, we read of how Joseph (also called Barnabas), sold a field that belonged to him and laid all of the money from that sale at the apostles’ feet. Ananias and Sapphira also sold a piece of property, but instead of bringing all of the money to the apostles, they only brought a portion. The sin here was not that they kept back some of the money for themselves. In fact, Peter suggests that after the property was sold, they could have kept all of the money. The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was that they tried to deceive God and others by pretending that they were bringing all of the money, and this was simply not the case.
Peter’s words – “You have not lied to man but to God” – are a good reminder for when we are tempted to do something wrong or when we have done something wrong. Our actions are not toward others, but to the One who created us.
(12-16) Many Signs and Wonders Done
Jesus said that whoever believes in Him, will do even greater things than He did. This was the case for Peter and the other apostles. They healed the sick just by casting a shadow over them. They cast out unclean spirits. They performed many other signs and wonders.
(17-21) The Apostles Arrested and Freed
I would think that the high priest and his gang would be tired of playing “Catch the Apostles” by now. But their hate for Christ and His work and words was so great, that they refused to attribute the power of the apostles to God. They continued to try to stop the kingdom of God from advancing whenever and wherever they could.
Favorite verse: (9) But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”