December 9-Getting in the Way

December 9-Getting in the Way

December 9-Getting in the Way 

Scripture Lesson: Acts 5:1-10 

Today is the birthday of former Major League outfielder Tony Tarasco. Tarasco is probably best known for being the Orioles right fielder in the 1996 Playoffs when 12 year old Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence and brought a Derek Jeter ball into the stands for a home run. Tarasco claims and rightly so that the ball was interfered with to no avail as umpire Rich Garcia rules the ball to be a home run. The Yankees defeat the Orioles in extra innings that day and go on to win not only that series but the World Series as well. 

In today’s Scripture lesson the early church had a major problem to deal with…greed. Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold a piece of property and decided not to give the money to the church as was the custom of the early church. Peter confronted Ananias first by telling him what he had done. Ananias when confronted died on the spot. When he did not return home his wife came looking for him. Sapphira when confronted about their lie also died and was buried by her husband. They not only stole money from God they also lied about their greed. We can think we will fool everyone with our secret sins, but we never fool God!

1.      Are we hiding sins from others without confessing them to God? Why?
2.      Why were the sins of Ananias and Sapphira such a problem for the early church?
3.      Why does sin separate us from God?

So many times we think we can hide sins. The outcome is never good for us for God always knows our sins and our hearts!

 

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