DID GOD KILL ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA ?
Updated: Aug 22
Let me start by saying that If Jesus didn't kill anyone then God doesn't kill anyone
John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Jesus also in Heb 1:2-3 was called the express image of God. If He says he couldn't do anything he hasn't seen His father does it goes along to tell that God does not kill. Jesus has been one with the father, even before the foundation of creation.
The big question is, who then killed Ananias and Sapphira? Acts 5:1-11. To answer the above question, we should consider these questions
1. Was it clearly stated that Ananias and Sapphira were killed by God? Acts 5:9 if this verse is literally translated from Greek(original translation) to English it means " why did you two push away the protective presence of God". By implication, it is clear that the killer is satan not God. The death of those two indicates the absence of God in that scenario.
2. How did Satan kill them?
Satan used his favourite and most effective weapon which is fear and condemnation. Peter on the other hand was a tool used by satan to instill fear into them to condemn them to death. There is also one goal satan sought to achieve from this story, it is revealed in acts 5:11. He first instill fear into anyone who reads or hears about the story. Secondly wants to give men wrong impression about God, that God kills.
3. How do we know that God didn't kill them; because Heb 2:14-15 says satan has the power of death not God. John 10:10 says satan kills men not God. 1 Cor 5:5 says Satan destroys the flesh of men not God.
Haven established this truth; Ananias and Sapphira themselves consented to their death. The Bible said "they gave up the ghost" meaning they surrendered their will to live because of fear.
We all know or have heard of people who gave up on life in despair, due to brokenness of heart, sickness or disaster. Some happened gradually while others in an instant. Perhaps Ananias and Sapphira felt their sin was unforgivable because it was dealt with complete absence of mercy and grace.
4. Did Peter show them the same Grace he himself received when he betrayed Jesus three times in one night?
Think about this, Peter would have played a priestly role by saving their lives but he didn't. Probably he forgot that he himself had committed even a worse sin than theirs, but received forgiveness. What about this passage in Gal 6:1
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Why in Jesus' name was the space to repent not offered to Ananias and Sapphira in this situation by Peter?. Matt 18:15-17, instructs us on how to go about resolving the case of anyone caught up in a trespass. The worse punishment is excommunication not DEATH.
Why was this gracious dynamic not followed?
Peter was not perfect. He had a well known quick trigger when it came to anger and frustration. He was quick to react rashly in most cases where he was angry.
He was quick to use the physical sword to cut an ear of a soldier. He was also quick to use verbal sword, such as when he told Simon the sorcerer to perish with his money. Same way he was quick to thrust a murderous impulse on Ananias and Sapphira.
We only see the wrong of Ananias and Sapphira without confronting that of Peter in the story. If Paul could confront Peter to his face for teaching spiritual error we too should by the Spirit correct the mistake of Peter in this case.
Similar things are repeating itself today. We see so-called revered and respected church leaders condemn people to death. Instead of withstanding their acts of flesh we rather idolize and fear them, turning them into our earthly God. We also display our height of ignorance and gullibility by calling those acts of arrogance and void of God's love anointing. Jesus rebuked his disciples for attempting to imitate Elijah Luke 9:54-56.
Jesus also in his words says we should be merciful seven times seventy, overcome evil with good, bless our enemy and pray for those who despitefully use us. Matt 5:38-48. Jesus is our model not someone else.
There are new converts who have low level of tolerance for people's mistakes and shortcomings, it happens to most people, but with time as they feed on God's word and mature, they become more loving and slow to anger towards people's shortcomings, sins and failures.
Were Ananis and Saphirra saved, born-again? Acts 5: 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? One of the events that makes people question the character of God in the New Testament is the death of Ananias and Sapphira. The event appears as though God struck them dead for lying to the Holy Spirit.
However, careful study of the context of the event shows that God was not responsible for their death. God’s consistent character cannot be altered in this event of Ananias and the wife. From our opening text, it is recorded that Satan filled the heart of Ananias and by the operation of word of knowledge, Peter told Ananias what he had done in secret. And upon hearing Peter’s word of knowledge, he fell down and gave up the ghost.
For Satan to fill their heart could mean they were not born again because the heart of the believer is filled with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Satan was behind their death. It could also be the result of great shock leading to heart failure when Peter exposed the secret of their heart. Ananias died after hearing Peter expose the secret of his heart and Sapphira also died after hearing Peter’s word of knowledge of what will happen to her as the result of their evil plan to test the Holy Spirit.
It is obvious Peter’s words invoked a natural or supernatural consequence of their sinful action. It is therefore possible for Satan or angels to take advantage of the words of a true man of God to kill or do evil without God being involved. God was therefore not the one who killed Ananias and Sapphira. Our hearts are full of the Holy Ghost if we are saved. Satan cannot take control of my heart because we are born of God.
In conclusion, God who is love by nature and person does not kill and couldn't have been the killer of Ananias and Sapphira. Satan was and has always been the true culprit, in any way you look at it. God is love and in God's love there is no fear or death (James 1:17, 1 John 1:5)
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