The Bible frequently calls to mind the faults and failures of Biblical heroes. We remember Noah growing a vineyard and getting drunk on the wine produced from its fruit. And there is Moses who, against God's command, struck the rock to bring forth water. Samson is noted for, among other things, fornication. David committed adultery followed by murder to cover his sin.
We may think it exciting to see God pouring out judgment upon His enemies, but how do we respond when His anger is poured out upon His own people.
In Acts, we see a church marked with love and compassion for its own; Scripture recording that there were no needy among them for those who possessed property sold it and gave the proceeds for the apostles to distribute among those with need (Acts 4:34).
But this also brought temptation and sin. In the opening verses of Acts 5, we are told of Ananias and Sapphira. As believers, this husband and wife were caught up in sin which, if not dealt with, would threaten the nature of the new church.
As you listen to today's lesson, may we be reminded of the serious nature of sin, even within the hearts, minds and lives of believers. But may we also be reminded of the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior.
Thank you for listening. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.