THE ACTES OF the Apostles.
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After that Ananias and Sapphira his wife for their hypocrisie at Peters rebuke had fallen downe dead, 12 and that the rest of the Apostles had wrought many miracles, 14 to the increase of the faith: 17 The Apostles are againe imprisoned, 19 But deliuered by an Angel bidding them to preach openly to all: 21 When, after their teaching accordingly in the temple, 29 and before the Councill, 33 they are in danger to be killed, through the aduise of Gamaliel, a great councellour among the Iewes, they be kept aliue, 40 and are but beaten: for which they glorifie God, and cease no day from preaching.
9Then Peter saide vnto her, How is it that ye haue agreed together, to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feete of them which haue buried thy husband, are at the doore, and shall cary thee out.
21And when they heard that, they entred into the Temple early in the morning, & taught: but the high Priest came, and they that were with him, and called the Councill together, and all the Senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to haue them brought.
36For before these dayes rose vp Theudas, boasting himselfe to be some body, to whom a number of men, about foure hundred, ioyned themselues: who was slaine, and all, as many as obeied him, were scattered, & brought to nought.36
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Ac 5:1 The Sin and Punishment of Ananias and Sapphira SUMMARY OF ACTS 5: The Deceit and Death of Ananias. Of Sapphira. The Increase of the Church. The Signs and Wonders. The Rage of the High Priest and the Sadducees. The Imprisonment of the Apostles. The Prison Doors Opened. Teaching in the Temple. Again Arrested and Threatened. Their Bold Answer. The Resolve of the Sanhedrin to Slay Them. The Wise Counsel of Gamaliel. The Apostles Beaten and Let Go. But. Amid the peace, grace and abounding liberality of the church there was one dark spot. The sin and fate of Ananias and his wife must be recorded.
Ac 5:2 Kept back [part] of the price. Like many others, of their own accord they sold a possession for the benefit of the church. They were not compelled to sell it, or when sold to give the money, or to give all. Their sin was not withholding a part, but lying about it. (1) They gave from the wrong motives, not for the Lord, but for human praise. (2) There was hypocrisy and falsehood. His wife also being privy [to it]. Hence equally guilty. There was a guilty conspiracy between them. Brought a certain part. Pretending it was all. His was a deliberate, public lie.
Ac 5:3,4 To lie to the Holy Spirit. The sin is here pointed out. The lie was not to men, but to God. The apostles were moved by the Holy Spirit. These verses show clearly that (1) the sin was hypocrisy and deception in the name of religion, and (2) that the gifts of goods were purely voluntary.
Ac 5:5 Ananias . . . gave up the ghost. Fell down and expired. There was a visible judgment upon him for his great sin. It was inflicted by the Holy Spirit through Peter, and shows how hypocrisy is regarded by the Lord. Great fear came on all. Severe examples occurred at the outset of both Dispensations. Note the case of Nadab and Abihu (Le 10:1,2) and the sin of Achan (Jos 7:16-25).
Ac 5:6 The young men arose, wound him up. Wrapped his mantle tightly around him. Carried [him] out. Of the place of meeting and out of the city for burial. And buried [him]. It was common, in the warm climate of Palestine, to bury on the day of death.
Ac 5:7 His wife . . . came in. To the place of assembly, not having heard of her husband's fate, but full of his spirit.
Ac 5:8,9 Whether ye sold the land for so much? Naming the amount offered by Ananias. Yea, so much. Instead of the confession that would have saved her, she persisted in the agreed upon, died as Ananias had died, and was buried in the same tomb.
Ac 5:10 The young men came in. It had required three hours to carry Ananias out of the city to the tomb and return. The gloomy incident occurred and is recorded for a wise purpose: to teach the church in the outset that even if we can deceive men, we cannot hope to deceive God. It is an example.
Ac 5:11 Great fear came upon all the church. Not of outward enemies, but of so sinning as to invoke the punishment of God. It was a salutary fear.
Ac 5:12 By the hands of the apostles were many signs. Note that no one thus far has miraculous power but the apostles. The gift of miracles was not general. When it was imparted to others, we learn how it was imparted. See Ac 6:8 8:6,14. All with one accord in Solomon's porch. The apostles, in order to preach. See Ac 3:11. The brethren also with them.
Ac 5:13 Of the rest. Of their enemies. That the phrase does not include all who were not Christians is shown by what follows in Ac 5:14. Multitudes of converts were constantly made.
Ac 5:14 Both of men and women. This is one of a number of instances in which women are named in early church history. As remarked elsewhere, at first the converts were mainly men. See PNT "Ac 4:4". Now there are also women.
Ac 5:15,16 They brought forth the sick into the streets. The fame of the miracles, and especially of Peter's, caused this to be done. The shadow of Peter. It is not said that the shadow of Peter falling on them did any good, but the people supposed it might. The object is to show the great favor of the apostles with the people. It was a time, however, when multitudes of miracles were wrought.
Ac 5:17 Then the high priest rose up. Was stirred to action. Annas is, no doubt, meant. See PNT "Ac 4:6". All they that were with him. His sect, the Sadducees, co-operated with him. They were determined to stop the preaching of the resurrection. See PNT "Ac 4:1".
Ac 5:18 Put them in the common prison. In the city jail, among malefactors. Van Lenneps says: ``The "common prison", corresponding to our jail, consists of a single room in the governor's cellar, with a floor of earth, and one small window, where all manner of people, from the murderer to the insolent debtor, are promiscuously crowded together. The only furniture consists of a bench, always occupied by the strongest; the rest lie on the floor, or stand. We have visited prisons of this kind where we could only stand a few moments upon the threshold on account of the foul air. The keepers remain outside of the door (Ac 5:23), but the prisoners are not bound.''
Ac 5:19 The angel of the Lord by night opened. The language would apply, if the doors were opened by any providential agency, but the messenger was probably a celestial one.
Ac 5:20 Go, stand and speak in the temple. They were to return at once to their interrupted work. It would give a powerful impulse for the imprisoned preachers to be at their place and work the next morning. This life. The eternal life denied by the Sadducees. See PNT "Mt 22:23".
Ac 5:21 Called the council. The Sanhedrin, for the trial of the apostles, supposing them still in prison. All the senate. Many think that a body of elders and other influential leaders were called to assist in the deliberations.
Ac 5:23 The prison truly found we shut. All was as usual and the guards before the doors, but the prisoners gone.
Ac 5:25 Then came one and told them. The mystery was explained by the word that, as usual, the apostles were preaching in the temple.
Ac 5:26 Brought them without violence. The favor of the people for the apostles was so shown that they feared a tumult.
Ac 5:27 The high priest asked them. As president.
Ac 5:28 Did not we straitly command you, etc. He charges (1) that they had disregarded the authority of the Sanhedrin; (2) they had filled Jerusalem with their doctrine; (3) they would work up the people to indignation against the rulers for condemning Christ.
Ac 5:29-32 Then Peter . . . answered. Peter's defense asserts (1) that God must be obeyed rather than earthly rulers; (2) God raised up Jesus whom they hanged on the cross; (3) exalted him to his right hand; (4) to be a Prince and Savior, to grant Israel the opportunity to repent, and to obtain forgiveness; (5) that they were witnesses of these facts, and so was the Holy Spirit.
Ac 5:32 Given to them that obey Him. The Holy Spirit is given only to those who have submitted to the Lord (Ac 2:28 Joh 7:38,39). It dwells only in the obedient heart.
Ac 5:33 Cut [to the heart]. Convulsed with rage, not sorrow. Took counsel to slay them. Concerning the expediency of putting them to death.
Ac 5:34 A Pharisee, named Gamaliel. Observe that it is a Pharisee that opposes violence. Gamaliel was the most distinguished Jewish rabbi of this time. His fame is preserved in the Talmud. He was a grandson of Hillel, a still more famous teacher. Paul was his pupil (Ac 22:3).
Ac 5:35-39 Ye men of Israel, take heed. Gamaliel's temperate and wise speech advises (1) deliberation; (2) if they were impostors their movement would come to nought like that of other impostors, if let alone; (3) but if of God, it could not be overthrown.
Ac 5:36 Theudas. Some leader, only mentioned here, probably raising a commotion in the disturbances that followed the death of Herod the Great.
Ac 5:37 Judas of Galilee. A zealot who had opposed the payment of tribute not many years before, in A.D. 8, and was overthrown and slain. He is named by Josephus.
Ac 5:40 To him they agreed. He carried the Sanhedrin with him. Called the apostles, and beaten [them]. While rejecting the punishment of death, they decided to scourge them for disobedience. Scourging was often inflicted even by the rulers of the synagogues. The scourging was on the bare back, and bloody and cruel.
Ac 5:41 Rejoicing. This was their first experience of physical torture for Christ, but not the last, and it gave them joy to suffer for one who had suffered for them. One of the features of the early church was the welcome given to shame, suffering and martyrdom endured for Christ's sake.
Ac 5:42 Daily in the temple. Undeterred by suffering and threats, they still preached the cross in the most public place in Jerusalem, as well as from house to house.
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Reese's Acts Chapter 5 comment about verse 30 on 5/01/2013, 11:36pm...
acts 10:39.....whom they slew and hanged from a tree; slew meaning killed AND hanged from a tree...dead men can't talk!!!
Jonathan's Acts Chapter 5 comment about verse 30 on 1/03/2013, 12:20pm...
paz a vosotros veo que vosotros peliais por doctrina de hombre ,si quieren participar con el SEÃ‘OR DE LAS BODAS cumplan el mandato amaos unos a otros.y pablo dijo que murio en una cruz dejen de analizar las versiones y predican a CRISTO crucificado.(saben por que los apodados testigos de jehova no pueden conocen la verdad de que CRISTO murio en una cruz ,por que tienen velo como tomas,EL ESPIRITU SANTO DIJO : por medio de pablo para esta gente que no cree que la cruz de CRISTO es locura para los que se pierden ...(los testigos de jehova apodados asi por que los verdaderos testigos estaban con isaias fue para ellos la palabra....los wachtower son anatemas estan bajo maldicion de parte de DIOS por que vienen con otro evangelio al que predico el amado pablo ..(galatas )
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