Today let’s focus on teaching kids a Bible miracle from the book of Acts. God judged Ananias and Sapphira for their lie to the apostles as the church was formed. (Acts 5:1-11).
As the new church was formed, the believers were rejoicing and sharing everything they had with one another. A man named Barnabus sold a piece of land and gave the money to the apostles to use as they saw fit. Unfortunately another man and his wife got the wrong idea about this giving and paid the ultimate price.
Ask the children…
What did Ananias and Sapphira do wrong?
“But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. 2 He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest..” (Acts 5:1)
What did Peter accuse them of doing?
“Then Peter said, ‘Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!’” (Acts 5:3, 4)
What judgment to God bring on Ananias?
“As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified. 6 Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.” (Acts 5:5, 6)
This may sound cruel but God wanted to protect the early church from Satan’s deception. Satan loves to counterfeit the work of God and then to bring in evil that will destroy God’s work. God stood strong against this lying to protect those who were genuinely following the Spirit of God.
Later in this same passage that the same thing happened to Sapphira as she also lied in the same way. God hates lying because it is against His nature and the new nature He has put inside us. God doesn’t hate liars only the lies. God does not regularly kill people for lying, but He wants us to know that lying is evil and no one will get away with it.
Ask your children about a lie they may have recently heard told or even one they told themselves? Ask them how they think God feels about it? Ask them what hurt it may have caused?
Pray together and ask for forgiveness if required and thank God that He has put inside us a new nature that desires to be truthful.
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