Tuesday’s Prayers for America (2/18/2014)

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Ananias and Sapphira, who sold property and then kept back part of the proceeds in Acts 5:1-11, may have been leaders for the mushrooming Jerusalem Church. The church was approximately four years old and had grown to more than ten thousand members at the time. Could Ananias and Sapphira have been pastors, teachers, or overseers?

The scripture does not really give us concrete answers for Ananias and Sapphira, but allow me to make a few points:

1. Barnabas was mentioned two verses earlier as giving proceeds from a sale of land to the apostles. He was a teacher, and then later, an apostle.

2. The Bible was not written in chapter and verse format, but rather in regular prose. The Ananias and Sapphira example was written to contrast with the Barnabas example. The word “but” indicates a contrast.

3. James mentioned that teachers are judged according to tougher standards than ordinary believers. James would have been there when the Ananias and Sapphira incident happened.

4. Paul stated that elders should be rebuked openly so that all people will fear God.

5. The qualifications for overseer included being above reproach, not greedy, and able to manage his household well.

6. The Apostle Peter dealt with both Ananias and Sapphira. The scene did not take place at the Temple, but in a home where most likely a house church assembled. Maybe Peter met with believers like Ananias and Sapphira to help them in their callings. Paul did this at Ephesus.

At the least, Ananias and Sapphira were well-known by believers so that when they died for lying to the Holy Spirit, great fear fell upon the whole church.

My prayer for America today:

“Lord, raise up leaders in America who will be our fathers in Christ because they actually imitate Christ. “(Based on 1 Corinthians 4:15-16)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America. 

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