Thursday, October 7th, 2010
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:31)
Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, were members of the early Christian congregation in Jerusalem. They sold a field and donated part of the money to a common fund that had been set up to care for new believers who had come to Jerusalem from distant lands. However, Ananias and Sapphira pretended that they had donated the entire proceeds. No doubt, this couple wanted to gain special honor within the congregation. But their act was deceitful. In a miraculous way, Jehovah revealed the fraud to the apostle Peter, who confronted Ananias with his error. At that, Ananias fell down and expired. Shortly thereafter, Sapphira also died. (Acts 5:1-11) Ananias and Sapphira did not fall prey to a momentary weakness. They schemed and lied in an attempt to deceive the apostles. Worse still, they 'played false to the holy spirit and to God.'
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 1:14, 15)