4:34-37: The people that had land or houses, sold them and brought the money from the sale to the Apostles and they gave to the poor and needy.
We dated, stamped, scribbled a signature, and rolled up the deed with a ribbon.
Peter said to Ananias: Why have you kept part of the money from the sale? It was your money, under your own control, so why have you come up with this lie in your heart? You haven’t lied to men, but to God! And do you think God wants us to lie?
(The headstones for A & S were purchased at Dollar Tree a couple of years ago. They are Styrofoam, so I used a craft knife, and scraped off the stuff I didn't want, then used paint to blend in the colors and add their initial so it wasn't obvious that I had cut on it.
Some men came and carried the body of Ananias out of the temple. They were amazed, and a little scared by what had happened.
She answered: “Yes, that’s how much we sold the land for.” Peter asked her why they agreed together to test God? Peter told her to look at the feet of the men that buried her husband because they will carry you out too!
IMMEDIATELY, Sapphira died and the men came to carry her out and they buried her by her husband.
Extra project: Give each child a 3x5 white index card. We are transparent to God. Have them draw a heart and write their names on the card with white crayon. Discuss how we can’t see what is on the card. But God can. Take a marker and color over the cards. Explain that God can see what we cannot. We can’t see each other’s hearts, but God can. I had the students make a heart with sin, lies, and/or love on each. Original idea found here.
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.