Sometimes we come across stories in the Bible that make us step back a bit. We scratch our heads, and furrow our brows, and try to make sense of things that don't seem to jive with our limited (human) views of things.
This week's lady of the Bible is Sapphira, and hers is one of those stories. We may look at it and think, "Wow, that seems harsh." But when we fully study this passage, we may come closer to understanding what God "was up to" in this situation.
Let's dive in, shall we?
We're going to meet a distinguished cast of characters -- this is during the tumultuous early days of the church, and we'll meet Peter, the leader of the group, and also Barnabas (that was his nickname), and then the husband and wife, Ananias and Sapphira.
Whooo boy! Dramatic, no?
It almost seems out of place.....this is the kind of "give 'em both barrels" story that we think of being in the Old Testament!
Many people have great difficulty dealing with this, and they argue that it's not true; it's not right; it just couldn't have happened because Jesus was so gentle and kind, and this couldn't have happened in the early church.
I believe, though, that this story lets us know that in spite of the explosion of growth in the early church, they had moments of weakness and sin. It also lets us know that there are two kinds of people in the church, and that it's hard for us to tell them apart -- but not so hard for the Spirit of God.
I hope I haven't scared you away by now....if you're still reading, join us next time for our study of Sapphira!