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Sunday, June 5 2016
Acts 5: The Lesson Of Ananias and Sapphira
"Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost?"
Ananias and Sapphira were among the believers in Jerusalem in the months after the Sacrifice of the Messiah (see also The Passover To Pentecost Connection and The Saviour Of All Repentant People). While other newly-converted Christians were voluntarily donating to support the LORD's Ministry at that time, Ananias and Sapphira falsely claimed to be donating all of the proceeds of a property sale when in fact they were holding back a substantial portion of the money. Their sin wasn't the keeping of their property or their money from it, which they had every right to do if they so chose, but their vain-glory attempt to deceive - not only people, but the Holy Spirit. They were blasphemers of the Spirit of Truth.
"5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
"5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. 5:13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.
So too continued the opposition from the petty men who occupied the positions of the religious council. Their hearts were yet filled with fear and hate of the Light that was shining ever brighter (see Why Did They Fear The Miracles?).
"5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, 5:18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. 5:19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, 5:20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
This Day In History, June 5
70: As prophesied by Jesus Christ (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?), Roman legions under Titus breached the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and Legions Of Men And Angels).
1249: During the Sixth Crusade, King Louis IX of France landed in Egypt (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1568: Ferdinand, the Duke of Alba, put down the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent, Belgium.
1661: Isaac Newton was admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge.
1783: Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier launched the first sustained, manned flight when their balloon rose an estimated 1,500 feet and flew 7,500 feet at Annonay, France.
1806: Holland was declared a kingdom with Louis Bonaparte as its king.
1817: The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac of Kingston, Ontario, was launched.
1827: Athens fell to the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1832: In Paris, the June Rebellion attempted to overthrow King Louis-Philippe.
1849: Denmark became a constitutional monarchy under the terms of its new constitution.
1851: Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery Uncle Tom's Cabin (or Life Among the Lowly) began to be published in the abolitionist newspaper National Era.
1862: The Treaty of Saigon was signed, surrendering areas of southern Vietnam to France (there was no North and South Vietnam - that partition was created by France).
1883: The first regularly-scheduled Orient Express from Paris.
1933: The U.S. Congress abrogated the gold standard (i.e. money thereafter became printed paper with nothing of value to validate its face value).
1944: During the Second World War, over 1,000 British bombers dropped 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for the D-Day invasion on June 6.
1944: The first British gliders landed on French soil in preparation for D-Day.
1945: At the end of the Second World War, the Allied Control Commission took control of Germany, dividing it into four occupation zones.
1967: The Six Day War between Israel and Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon began. After it was over, Israel had taken the Sinai Desert, the city of Jerusalem and the west bank of the Jordan River. The third major Israel-Arab war (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1968: Robert Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles, just after declaring victory in the California primary, by Palestinian-Arab immigrant Sirhan Sirhan who opposed Kennedy's pro-Israel statements after the Six Day War between Israel and Arab neighbors the previous year.
1975: The Suez Canal opened for the first time since the 1967 Six-Day War (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1977: The first personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale.
1984: Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi ordered an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion (it may have later been the excuse for her assassination by one of her own bodyguards).
2003: A heat wave in Pakistan and India produced temperatures of over 50°C (122°F).
2006: Serbia declared independence from Serbia and Montenegro.