Friday, April 22, 2011

socialist Bible verse of the day: Acts 4:32-5:11

Brother Will's intro: Jesus's first followers were communists, as the first part of this shows. The second part, the story of Ananias and Sapphira, isn't mentioned very often. I used to think it was one of the Bible's problem stories, like the story of Jephthah's daughter, because God seems to be flashing back to his harsher ways in the earliest books of the Bible. Now I think it just shows how much God hates hypocrites who don't share.

 32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
 33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
 34Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
 35And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
 36And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
 37Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

 1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
 2And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
 3But 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?
 4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
 5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
 6And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
 7And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
 8And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
 9Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
 10Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
 11And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.