Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 9, 2013

30. Hike the Bible – Peter of Capernaum 4 – Ananias & Sapphira

Death of Sapphira

Death of Sapphira, wife of Ananias

Our virtual hike through Galilee has reached the ruins of Capernaum, the home base for Jesus’ ministry (Matthew 4:13).

Capernaum is mentioned 16 times in the Gospels and was the site for much of His teaching and many of His miracles. Matthew calls Capernaum Jesus’ “own city.” (Matthew 9:1; Mark 2:1)

This is the fourth of a series of blog posts on Capernaum’s most famous homeowner, the Apostle Peter (Mark 1:21,29), leader of the disciples. The first post introduced Peter and reviewed the miracles of Jesus with which Peter was personally involved. The second one used Peter’s own words and works from the Gospels to illustrate his leadership. The third post began looking at Peter’s courageous leadership and bold witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth based on his words and works recorded in Acts. This post continues with more examples of Peter’s leadership from the book of Acts.

  1. Ananias & Sapphira: When faced with financial fraud and deceit within the church by Ananias and Sapphira, Peter penetrated to the heart of the issue and pronounced sentence:You have not lied to men, but to God. … Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they shall carry you out as well.” As a result, great fear came upon the whole church and upon everyone who heard about it. (Acts 5:1-11)
    The issue was not that it was wrong to keep part of the money for themselves. The issue was that they lied about it, misrepresenting their contribution as more generous than it was.
    Two Videos:
    1. Click this SermonSpice video clip (3:22) for a humorous re-enactment of the Ananias and Sapphira account.
    2. Video (2:25) of an Ananias & Sapphira youth skit from Kansas Bible Camp:
    Questions to Ponder:
    – Why did Ananias and Sapphira lie about the purchase price?
    Apparently they loved the esteem of men more than the praise of God. Possibly they sought for themselves the good report that Barnabas and others had earned by similar actions. (John 12:42-43; Luke 16:14-15; Acts 4:34-37)
    – Was the penalty too severe? How does it fit with a merciful, forgiving God?
    As Abraham said to the Lord prior to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25)
  2. The apostles performed many signs and wonders resulting in many believing in Jesus. People carried the sick into the street so that Peter’s shadow would heal them. (Acts 5:12-16)
  3. Filled with jealousy, the Jewish leaders again threw Peter and the apostles into prison. That night an angel of the Lord released them and ordered them to speak to the people “the whole message of this Life.” The next day the Council was perplexed when the apostles were not found in the jail. Instead they were preaching in the temple. When the high priest questioned them, Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things.” (Acts 5:17-42)
  4. Peter and John went to Samaria in response to news of Philip’s evangelistic work there. They prayed for the new converts and laid their hands on them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. When Simon the magician, who was a recent convert of Philip, offered money for the power to dispense the Holy Spirit, Peter rebuked the magician: “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! … Your heart is not right before God. Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours.” Returning to Jerusalem, Peter preached the gospel in many Samaritan villages along the way. (Acts 8:14-25)
  5. While in Jerusalem, Peter met Paul for the first time since the latter’s conversion. (Acts 9:26-30; Galatians 1:15-19)

The next blog post will continue with more examples of Peter’s leadership from Acts.

Read the prequels in this sub-series on the life and work of Simon Peter of Capernaum:
27. Hike the Bible – Peter of Capernaum 1
28. Hike the Bible – Peter of Capernaum 2
29. Hike the Bible – Peter of Capernaum 3 – Heals lame man (with videos)
Read the sequel:
31. Hike the Bible – Peter of Capernaum 5 – Dorcas & Cornelius

Soli Deo Gloria.

The Hike the Bible series is currently covering points of interest along two hiking trails through Galilee, the 40-mile Jesus Trail and the 39-mile Gospel Trail. These two trails re-create possible routes Jesus likely traversed during His sojourns in Galilee.

This is the thirtieth installment in the Hike the Bible series reviewing major hiking trails in the Lands of the Bible.
Read the prequels:
1. Hike the Bible – Jesus Trail (with video)
2. Hike the Bible – Gospel Trail (with video)
3. Hike the Bible – Jesus Trail vs. Gospel Trail
4. Hike the Bible – Nazareth
5. Hike the Bible – Zippori
6. Hike the Bible – Mash’had
7. Hike the Bible – Cana (with video)
8. Hike the Bible – Roman Road
9. Hike the Bible – Via Maris
10. Hike the Bible – Horns of Hattin
11. Hike the Bible – Sermon on the Mount
12. Hike the Bible – Arbel Cliffs
13. Hike the Bible – Magdala (with video)
14. Hike the Bible – Mary Magdalene
15. Hike the Bible – Mary Magdalene, Lady or Tramp?
16. Hike the Bible – Mary Magdalene & the Resurrection
17. Hike the Bible – Sea of Galilee
18. Hike the Bible – Jesus at the Sea of Galilee
19. Hike the Bible – Jesus at the Sea of Galilee 2
20. Hike the Bible – Jesus at the Sea of Galilee 3
21. Hike the Bible – Jesus Boat
Palestine Park
22. Hike the Bible – Why Capernaum?
23. Hike the Bible – Capernaum Archaeology
24. Hike the Bible – Miracles at Capernaum
25. Hike the Bible – Miracles at Capernaum 2
26. Hike the Bible – Miracles at Capernaum 3
27. Hike the Bible – Peter of Capernaum 1
28. Hike the Bible – Peter of Capernaum 2
29. Hike the Bible – Peter of Capernaum 3 – Heals lame man (with videos)

Read the sequel:
31. Hike the Bible – Peter of Capernaum 5 – Dorcas & Cornelius

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith” (Jude 1:3)
Wednesday January 9, 2013 A.D.

Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. (Matthew 4:23)


  1. Congratulations, you’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!


    • Thanks for this nomination!
      I’ve added your blog to my page of Recommended Creationist Resources which I’m preparing and will be posting soon.


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